Next weekend's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 promises to be the most exciting events yet staged on Mt Panorama. Team Betta Electrical have completed preparation of their two BA Falcon racecars with total precision. Team members have been...
Next weekend's Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 promises to be the most exciting events yet staged on Mt Panorama.
Team Betta Electrical have completed preparation of their two BA Falcon racecars with total precision.
Team members have been training tirelessly in the areas of tyre changing and Pit Lane strategies; the stage is now set for the ultimate assault on the mountain, come Sunday.
Paul Radisich and Rickard Rydell are both confident they have one of the best-prepared racecars they have ever slipped behind the wheel of in either of their long history in Motorsport.
"It's just fantastic the way the team have worked together in the lead-up to Bathurst, this coupled with the knowledge and expertise brought to the team by the new team owners - Triple Eight Race Engineering, I know we are going to have the best opportunity ever of winning the Bathurst event" - said Radisich.
Radisichs' debut at Bathurst was in 1988 driving a BMW M3 with Ludwig Finauer, having now had twelve starts; achieving two-second place podium finishes.
He now say's "This is by far the greatest opportunity I have ever had at to win this prestigious event".
Rickard Rydell is no new comer to the Mountain either, having campaigned the event in both 1997 and again in 1998 driving a Volvo 850, winning the race outright in 1998.
Rickard has certainly put in some practice in recent weeks, campaigning in no less than six race events in Europe over the past seven weeks.
" It's been a very busy schedule for me, but really I wouldn't have it any other way" said Rydell.
"I am really looking forward to this race, the Betta Electrical Sandown 500 was my first introduction to V8 Supercar racing and yes it does take a little time to adjust to this form of racecar, but I was grateful to be able to do as many laps as I did at Sandown to prepare me for this 1000 km spectacle on Sunday" Rydell commented.
Team Betta Electricals' second entry - car 66, will be driven by Dean Canto and Matthew White.
White proved he has both the ability and staying power to bring the car home in a top position, after partnering Tony Longhurst in last years event to bring the car home not only as the first Ford to cross the line, but also to achieve seventh position overall.
Dean Canto has performed extremely well in recent rounds, bringing the car home unscathed whilst continuing to improve on his finishing position.
Canto partnered Max Wilson in last years Bathurst 1000 and was performing well until an accident occurred on the top of the Mountain when Canto found himself confronted with a stationary car across the circuit ahead of him and in his endeavour to avoid a collision found himself spearing off the circuit and into the wall, ending his chances of continuing to make ground on the leading bunch.
"We are going to run this race like no other, both Matthew and I are determined to make this event the highlight of our respective careers so far" - said Canto.
The inaugural event, then called the Armstrong 500(miles) was held in 1963 and was won by Bob Jane and Harry Firth in a Ford Cortina GT.
Jane then backed up to win the 1964 Armstrong 500 at Bathurst with George Reynolds again in a Ford Cortina GT.
Ford holds the treble lap records set at Mt Panorama, and all belong to Ozemail Racing Team from last year's event.
John Bowe holds the current qualifying lap record and the outright lap record of 2:08.3873, while co-driver Brad Jones holds the current race lap record of 2:09.5705.
IMG, the promoters of the Bob Jane T-Marts Bathurst 1000 event hope to break last years record attendance figure of 163,840 including a record Sunday race day attendance of 57,180.
Food consumption over the four days of the event is expected to see spectators consume 10,000 pies, 46,000 bags of chips, 22,000 hot dogs, 70,000 cold drinks and 30,000 cups of coffee.
Television coverage of the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 will be broadcast around Australia on Network Ten and will now also reach more than 57 million homes across Asia through STAR Sports channel. The coverage will also reach North America (Speed Channel), throughout Europe (MotorsTV), U.K. (Five), China (CCTV), New Zealand (TV One) South Africa (SABC), Italy (Telenova), Argentina (TyC Sports), Asia Pacific (ABCAP) and now throughout Asia via Star Sports.