Bathurst 1000: Live blog, updates

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By Mark Young, 9 Oct 2011 Mark Young is a Roar Guru

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    Before you watch the Wallabies get wet in Wellington, join us for a massive live blog of the iconic Bathurst 1000 today. We will be providing updates, news, informed discussion and wild speculation from the moment the lights change at 10:30am EDST until the chequered flag 161 laps later.

    All the ingredients are at Mount Panorama today for a classic race.

    Topsy turvey grid? – Check!
    Greg Murphy will start the race on Pole alongside Will Davidson after a burst of rain soaked the track and ruined the qualifying chances of the three fastest drivers from practice.

    The veteran Kiwi who always finds an extra gear at Bathurst still managed to out pace Craig Lowndes, defending V8 champion James Courtney and the speedy Shane Van Gisbergen to take top spot.

    In addition to the novelty of seeing some different faces at the front, we will also enjoy watching Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander and Mark Winterbottom fighting their way forward from 8th, 9th and 10th.

    Hot on their heels will be Lee Holdsworth who was spitting chips at his five place penalty to 13th after missing a direction to weigh in during final practice.

    Legends on fire? – Check!
    The clear favourite both sentimentally and on form is the 88 Commodore of Lowndes and Mark Skaife. With Eleven race victories between them and a cosy place up the grid away from trouble, they are doing everything right to repeat their terrific victory from last year.

    Brilliant track? – Double check!
    The 6.2km of tarmac that twists and turns up and down Mount Panorama is known throughout the Motor Racing world as one of the great tracks. It is daunting to drive, fabulous to watch and steeped in history.

    It rewards commitments and punishes indiscretions. And we get to enjoy it all day.

    Crazy weather? – Fingers crossed!
    The bottom line is that you could ignore all of the above and simply delight in the following… it is forecast to rain. And then stop, and then rain again. And then stop and start for the entire day.

    When you consider that rain has the ability to make dull motor racing fun, then the thought of a wet/dry affair at Bathurst is truly manna from heaven.

    So log on for the race start at 10:30 or any time before the race finishes as The Roar goes 1000km

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