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Old 10 Sep 2021, 15:21 (Ref:4072948)   #46
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Honestly I feel sorry for Aussies. Australia (and New Zealand) seems to be one of the few countries that still treats Covid as it was treated a year ago. While most of the world learns to live with Covid, single Covid cases scare **** out of Australian government.

Maybe it's better to cancel 2021 season and wait a few years until Covid is no longer a threat.... otherwise, forecoming seasons will be similar to current mumbo-jumbo. Shame. Gold Coast won't happen either. What will??
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Old 12 Sep 2021, 09:26 (Ref:4073220)   #47
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Stories around have a new schedule released for the balance of the calendar tomorrow.

Said to include 2 events a week apart at QR
Said to include 2 events a week apart at Eastern Creek
And Bathurst...

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Old 12 Sep 2021, 10:01 (Ref:4073222)   #48
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That would be the Covid Cup, I presume?
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Old 14 Sep 2021, 23:18 (Ref:4073954)   #49
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Best ever Bathurst Festival confirmed, the great race locked in for Sunday 5th of December.
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Old 14 Sep 2021, 23:33 (Ref:4073957)   #50
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Best ever Bathurst Festival confirmed, the great race locked in for Sunday 5th of December.
It should be the final race every year, a real festival of racing
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Old 15 Sep 2021, 02:48 (Ref:4073983)   #51
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Also given the later sunset at that time of year, talk of Ch7 and Fox pushing for a midday 1000k race start time for a prime time finish and the ratings that go with that.

https://www.speedcafe.com/2021/09/15...-on-the-cards/
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Crowds... or no crowds... that is the question...!
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Old 15 Sep 2021, 04:40 (Ref:4073995)   #53
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Crowds... or no crowds... that is the question...!
I mean who would book......Surely only locals. Couldnt trust Rona not to destroy the event and your invested funds sadly

In saying that, what a awesome event
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Old 15 Sep 2021, 05:14 (Ref:4073997)   #54
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Also given the later sunset at that time of year, talk of Ch7 and Fox pushing for a midday 1000k race start time for a prime time finish and the ratings that go with that.

https://www.speedcafe.com/2021/09/15...-on-the-cards/
Maybe I'm just getting grumpy as I get older but personally I really hate this continual need to push the race start time further and further back - should return to 10:00 and be done with it. The rhythm of the race itself and the lead in days all work better with 10:00 IMHO.

Plus, only a question of time before this "later and later" flog bites them hard in the nether regions - what if there's solid rain, fog and some track break-up? Could start at 12 but run out of time to get the race finished before dark, so we'd end up with a bloody time-certain finish, for the biggest race and last race of the year - not a good look.
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Old 15 Sep 2021, 06:41 (Ref:4074004)   #55
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The later the finish the more risk of the afternoon thunderstorm to wreak havoc on the event.

What about people that drive home after the event, like back to Melbourne?

Lets keep it a 10am start.
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Old 15 Sep 2021, 07:37 (Ref:4074009)   #56
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Maybe I'm just getting grumpy as I get older but personally I really hate this continual need to push the race start time further and further back - should return to 10:00 and be done with it. The rhythm of the race itself and the lead in days all work better with 10:00 IMHO.

Plus, only a question of time before this "later and later" flog bites them hard in the nether regions - what if there's solid rain, fog and some track break-up? Could start at 12 but run out of time to get the race finished before dark, so we'd end up with a bloody time-certain finish, for the biggest race and last race of the year - not a good look.
As someone who goes to the race every year and drives back to Sydney after it ends it really annoys me too.However I have come to accept that actual live spectators are not an important consideration to them in comparison with the wishes of the tv networks.If the networks want it going into prime time it will.
Also regarding your time certain scenario when 7 took back the rights in 2007 a time certain finish was written into the supp regs.It stayed there until ,luckily and coincidentally ,2014.That would have been the first year it would have come into play.Since then there is no time certain provision in the supp regs but with a 1pm start they would nearly need working headlights to cover all scenarios!
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What about people that drive home after the event, like back to Melbourne?
They'll be too busy making an application to return back to Victoria.
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Old 15 Sep 2021, 09:16 (Ref:4074031)   #58
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Im looking forward to a great week and if we are allowed I might even make my way to the mountain.
It will be great exposure for the ARG categories too.

I get fed up with the people who complain about supercars not being "the cars we drive" bring it back to production, etc
ARG has been doing it for a while and these whingers wont look at it.
Well when they turn on the 1000 week this year they will have no excuse. Maybe they should have slotted in a few APC races too. Or bathurst 6 hour or v8 touring car class races.

Cant wait to see s5000 on the mount! Actually cant wait to see it all
And If a midday 1000 start means the support acts get a good look in and coverage on race day morning win win!

it doesnt get dark til about 8 30 or later in december. If they cant do 1000km in 8 hours or so something is wrong
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Old 15 Sep 2021, 11:31 (Ref:4074061)   #59
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As someone who goes to the race every year and drives back to Sydney after it ends it really annoys me too.However I have come to accept that actual live spectators are not an important consideration to them in comparison with the wishes of the tv networks.If the networks want it going into prime time it will.
Also regarding your time certain scenario when 7 took back the rights in 2007 a time certain finish was written into the supp regs.It stayed there until ,luckily and coincidentally ,2014.That would have been the first year it would have come into play.Since then there is no time certain provision in the supp regs but with a 1pm start they would nearly need working headlights to cover all scenarios!
There was a time certain finish in the channel 10 days too from 1997-2006, they used to mention it before the race start every year. It was a marked difference from the traditional 1000 under Channel 7 which was never time certain
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There was a time certain finish in the channel 10 days too from 1997-2006, they used to mention it before the race start every year. It was a marked difference from the traditional 1000 under Channel 7 which was never time certain
It must have allowed plenty of time given that the 2000 race went for 7 hours and 23 minutes and watching the telecast again not too long ago they never mentioned in the safety car periods before the end that they were in danger of having to go time certain.
The 7 time certain finish was 5.30 after a 10.30 start.While 2000 was the only time the race ran more than 7 hours in the “10 decade” from 97 to 06 there were 4 other years it came within 10 minutes of doing that.Once in 2006 within 30 seconds.While I don’t doubt you and having always been at the race and only copying the actual race part of the telecast I can tell you for sure they never once mentioned they might have to go time certain during the actual race part of the telecast.The time certain must have been at least 8 hours.
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