Davison leads co-driver Bathurst practice


Ford’s Will Davison has showed why he is still one of the leading Supercars drivers after a scintillating practice session at Bathurst.

Left without a full-time drive following his 23Red team withdrawing from the championship due to the impacts of COVID-19, Davison has been parked for most of 2020.

But in teaming up with rising Tickford star Cameron Waters at Mt Panorama, the pair have a serious shot at taking out the great race.

Davison backed up Waters’ impressive efforts on Thursday in their Monster Mustang by leading the field in the co-driver practice session.

A two-time Bathurst 1000 winner, Davison finished in front of Holden veteran Garth Tander, while Ford drivers Dale Wood, Tim Slade and Michael Caruso completed the top-five.

In an eventful first-up Friday practice, two red flags were raised after Jayden Ojeda and Jordan Boys came off track in separate incidents.

Most co-drivers enter the season finale without taking the wheel of a Supercar this year after the traditional lead-up enduro events were cancelled.

But Davison did race at the Adelaide 500, and got one day of practice in at Albert Park before the Australian Grand Prix was cancelled.

There will be one last practice session before qualifying takes place at 4.05pm AEDT.





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McLaughlin quick, but crashes at Bathurst


Scott McLaughlin has flown around Mt Panorama in Bathurst 1000 practice but the Ford superstar lost control of his Mustang in the dying stages of the session.

The Supercars champion already put together the fastest lap on Friday, but was intent on pushing his Shell V-Power car to the limit.

McLaughlin was tracking to better his previous hot-lap until spinning out and hitting a wall with less than two minutes to go in the one-hour session.

The 27-year-old is hopeful any damage to his car will be minor.

“I just ballsed up the downshift and then that was all it was,” McLaughlin said.

“You’re using the engine braking so much that as soon as you miss one you’re out of the groove – that’s all I did.

“I tried to half-recover it but as soon as I parked the bottom arm out I was a bit of a passenger.

“I think it will be all right. The car is super racy, oh my God. It felt mega.”

Holden young gun Bryce Fullwood produced the second-quickest time, followed by Ford veteran Lee Holdsworth in third.

After claiming both practice sessions on Thursday, rising Tickford star Cameron Waters came in fourth.

His co-driver Will Davison earlier showed why he is still one of the leading Supercars drivers after a scintillating first session on Friday.

Left without a full-time drive following his 23Red team withdrawing from the championship due to the impacts of COVID-19, Davison has been parked for most of 2020.

But in teaming up with Waters at Mt Panorama, the pair have a serious shot at taking out the great race.

A two-time Bathurst 1000 winner, Davison finished in front of Holden veteran Garth Tander, while Ford drivers Dale Wood, Tim Slade and Michael Caruso completed the top-five.

In an eventful first-up Friday practice, two red flags were raised after Jayden Ojeda and Jordan Boys came off track in separate incidents.

Most co-drivers enter the season finale without taking the wheel of a Supercar this year after the traditional lead-up enduro events were cancelled.

Qualifying takes place at 4.05pm AEDT.





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Ford’s Waters claims Bathurst 1000 pole


Ford’s Cameron Waters has smashed the Bathurst 1000 qualifying lap record to claim Supercars pole for Sunday’s great race at Mount Panorama.

Touted as a genuine contender to win the 161-lap race for the first time, Waters dominated the top-10 shootout on Saturday in his Mustang.

His time of 2 minutes 3.559 seconds eclipsed former Tickford teammate Chaz Mostert’s lap of 2.03.789 set last year.

It was Waters’ fifth career pole, setting him up for a tilt at winning with star co-driver Will Davison, a two-time Bathurst 1000 winner.

The 26-year-old Waters pipped three-time champion Scott McLaughlin, who has stamped his mark as one of the Supercars’ greatest qualifiers.

Chaz Mostert was the fastest Holden driver in third to start alongside Nick Percart on the second row of the grid.

BATHURST 1000 TOP-10 SHOOTOUT

1. Cameron Waters (Ford)

2. Scott McLaughlin (Ford)

3. Chaz Mostert (Holden)

4. Nick Percat (Holden)

5. Shane van Gisbergen (Holden)

6. Lee Holdsworth (Ford)

7. Anton de Pasquale (Holden)

8. Fabian Coulthard (Ford)

9. James Courtney (Ford)

10. Jamie Whincup (Holden)





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Holden’s Whincup, Lowndes out of Bathurst


Holden’s legendary pairing of Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes has crashed out of the Bathurst 1000 after just 33 laps.

In Holden’s last race at Mt Panorama before the iconic Australian motoring brand is retired by General Motors, Whincup’s Commodore spun out and hit a wall not even a quarter of a way through the race.

The incident led to the safety-car being called with pole-sitter Cameron Waters leading the 161-lap enduro ahead of fellow Ford pairing Scott McLaughlin and Tim Slade.

Whincup’s Triple Eight teammate Shane van Gisbergen, partnered with Garth Tander, is the best-placed Commodore car in third.

Lowndes and Whincup, who started the race in ninth, have claimed 11 Bathurst 1000 titles between them.

“This place here, you’ve got to have respect for it because it can bite you,” a shattered Lowndes said of Whincup’s crash.

“We’ve all made mistakes here. It is a shame because the car was working extremely well.”





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Holden’s van Gisbergen leads Bathurst 1000


Shane van Gisbergen has a chance to send Holden off on a high as the Red Bull driver leads the Bathurst 1000 at the halfway mark.

In pairing with three-time winner Garth Tander, van Gisbergen has made up three places from the start to be in front of Ford trio Scott McLaughlin, Cameron Waters and Fabian Coulthard at Mt Panorama after 81 laps.

It shapes as a great opportunity for New Zealander van Gisbergen to win the 161-lap enduro, with his previous best finish the second places he managed in 2016 and 2019.

A Van Gisbergen and Tander victory would ease the pain for Triple Eight after star veterans Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes crashed out not even a quarter of a way through the race.

Whincup attempted to overtake young gun Brodie Kostecki, but instead spun out and hit a wall on lap 33.

It is Holden’s last Supercars race in an official capacity before the iconic Australian brand is retired by General Motors at the end of this year.

McLaughlin is aiming to spoil the Holden farewell party and back-up his maiden Bathurst 1000 victory from last year, which came in controversial circumstances.

Alongside Whincup in the garage is Garry Jacobson and Todd Hazelwood, who have endured technical issues and will not finish the race.





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Holden’s van Gisbergen wins Bathurst 1000


Shane van Gisbergen has secured a memorable Supercars victory for Holden in the iconic Australian motoring brand’s final Bathurst 1000.

In teaming up with three-time winner Garth Tander, van Gisbergen conquered Mt Panorama for the first time to claim the 161-lap enduro on Sunday.

The Red Bull champion held off numerous fierce passing attempts from Ford’s Cameron Waters, who started the great race in pole position.

Not even two safety cars being called in the final nine laps could derail van Gisbergen’s charge towards victory.

The New Zealander’s previous best result at Bathurst was second in 2016 and 2019, while veteran Tander tasted the ultimate success in 2000, 2009 and 2011.

Chaz Mostert, who won a dramatic Bathurst 1000 in 2014 driving a Ford, ensured two Holden drivers stood on the podium by coming third.

The result means Commodores have won five of the last six Bathurst 1000s, with only Scott McLaughlin (2019) saluting for Ford since 2015.

It is Holden’s last Supercars race in an official capacity before the red lion is retired by General Motors at the end of this year.

Defending champion McLaughlin finished fifth in what could be the Ford superstar’s last race in Australia before he begins an IndyCar career.

While van Gisbergen took the chequered flag, it was a disastrous day for star Triple Eight teammate Jamie Whincup, who crashed out on lap-33.





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Bathurst 1000, COVID-19, Supercars, raw sewage, tests, symptoms


Participants and spectators at this year’s Bathurst 1000 have been urged to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 after the virus was detected in sewage.

NSW Health on Wednesday night placed anyone who was at the race, as well as Bathurst residents, on high alert after remnants of the virus was found in the area.

The public health alert says the sample could indicate a current or previous infection in someone who attended Sunday’s race.

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Victoria records five COVID-19 cases, case average falls, Bathurst 1000 attendees urged testing, Oran Park cluster grows, Australia death toll at 905


“[We] are very keen to have more people working in the CBD in the next few months … If we see mask wearing go up we can increase the number of people on public transport, but we’re not there yet.”

It’s understood mask wearing on NSW transport has dropped by 50 per cent.

The Premier also shot a stern message to Queensland, saying it was time they “cough up more than $35 million they owe us” for hotel quarantine expenses.

She said NSW had been doing the heavy lifting when it came to quarantine.

“We’ve welcomed Australians back from all the other states. It’s about time Queensland coughed up. I want them to pay their bill, especially given they keep their border shut when they really don’t need to,” she said.

“When other states aren’t respectful of that it does get your goat up.”

The Premier said the same message applied to Western Australia, which owes NSW “$7 – 8 million as well.”



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Two Victorian schools closed as COVID cases spread to social housing block, Alerts for Bathurst 1000 visitors after virus found in raw sewage, Coronavirus cases surge across US, Australia death toll at 905


“This timeframe allows for the department to ensure the community is aware of the situation and for residents to get tested and get their results back before determining what the next steps are,” Victoria’s commander of testing and community engagement, Jeroen Weimar, said.

“We’re asking all these residents to come forward for asymptomatic testing at the dedicated testing station on site.”

The East Preston Islamic College has been closed for deep cleaning after it was revealed a student who was supposed to be self-isolating as they were a close contact of a positive case had attended school due to a misunderstanding.

“The college has taken positive steps to manage this situation and is working closely with us. It has been closed for deep cleaning,” Mr Weimar said.

“We need everyone working together to tackle this virus, and that’s exactly what the school community is doing. Staff and students who are close contacts – and their households – have been identified and are quarantining for 14 days.

“Extensive contact tracing is underway and we expect that as part of this work, additional cases will be detected.”

The Dallas Brooks Primary School has also been closed for deep cleaning.

A text message was sent to residents in the northern suburbs, urging them to get tested if they experienced any symptoms.

Pop-up testing sites and a community outreach program will be launched today.

Banyule Community Health and Himilo Community Connect will doorknock the area on Thursday to alert residents to the outbreak and provide information about testing and supports like financial assistance for missing work.

“We’re asking everyone who lives in this area or who has loved ones linked to these suburbs to please get tested if they have symptoms and to share this information within their families and broader community,” Mr Weimar said.



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Warning for Bathurst 1000 attendees in NSW after coronavirus remnants found in sewage



Anyone who was at the Bathurst 1000 motor race on the weekend is being urged to get tested if they show symptoms of COVID-19 after virus traces were found in local sewage.

The wastewater sample from the weekend could indicate an infection in someone who attended or worked at the race, a visitor to Bathurst, or a local resident, NSW Health said in a statement on Wednesday night.

Local residents or weekend visitors showing even mild symptoms should immediately isolate and get tested and remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

“NSW Health is urgently undertaking investigations, which include reviewing lists of all those known to have had the virus who attended or worked at the race.”

The latest warning came as restrictions were further eased in NSW, with congregations up to 300 being allowed at places of worship from Friday after religious leaders complained about “inconsistent” restrictions.

Staffing at gyms will also be relaxed, with a COVID safety marshal only required when more than 20 people are working out.

“This is a great announcement for the body and the soul, so whatever you worship, there’s something for you in this one,” Treasurer Dominic Perrottet told reporters on Wednesday.

Hillsong pastor Brian Houston had earlier on Wednesday said churches were being left behind as other COVID-19 restrictions eased, with 300 guests being allowed at weddings from December.

Mr Houston’s Sydney mega-church has a 4000-person capacity but services were restricted to just 100 people.

“(At) the grand final this week, 40,000 to 45,000 people (will be) hugging, shouting, spitting, high-fiving – it’s just the inconsistency of it,” Mr Houston told Sydney radio 2GB.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he was sorry if some religious leaders felt they were being ignored but he only heard of their concerns through the media.

Exemptions had been granted for a number of large churches, he said.

It comes as NSW has recorded two new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 – both linked to known clusters – while testing rates doubled overnight.

Nearly 15,000 people heeded NSW Health’s plea for more people to get tested, compared with just 7,401 in the previous 24 hours.

Eight cases were diagnosed in returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

A public health alert has also been issued for Bavarian Macarthur in Macarthur Square at Campbelltown, with a confirmed case having visited on the evening of 10 October.

Anyone who dined at the restaurant for an hour or more must immediately get tested and isolate for 14 days and stay isolated for the entire period, even if their test was negative.

Anyone who was there for less than an hour must monitor for symptoms and get tested immediately if they develop any symptoms and after testing, they must remain in isolation until a negative result is received.

NSW Health is treating 72 cases, with one patient in intensive care.

People in Australia must stay at least 1.5 metres away from others. Check your jurisdiction’s restrictions on gathering limits. If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, stay home and arrange a test by calling your doctor or contact the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

News and information is available in 63 languages at sbs.com.au/coronavirus.

Please check the relevant guidelines for your state or territory: NSW, VictoriaQueenslandWestern AustraliaSouth AustraliaNorthern TerritoryACTTasmania.



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