For the first time in history the single-lap dash for the Bathurst 1000 pole was called off after heavy rain soaked Mount Panorama.
2022 Bathurst 1000 : Top 10 shootout time | Tickets
Saturday’s shootout which Cam Waters was set to lead was canned by officials due to extreme weather and unsafe driving conditions.
“Race Control has advised that the Supercars Top 10 Shootout has been cancelled due to extreme weather, leaving the track in an unsafe condition for competition,” a Motorsport Australia statement said.
Supercars CEO Shane Howard told a press conference: “Obviously, extraordinary conditions, the amount of water that was dumped on the circuit at the time. It was a lot of channelling, a lot of watercourses being channelled down onto the race track itself.”
Those conditions extended to the fans who have bravely sat through torrential rain trackside, witnessing Bathurst without crowd limitations for the first time since the pandemic began.
Top 10 shootout time
The top-10 shootout for the Bathurst 1000 has been cancelled for the first time in its 44-year history.
The forecast had predicted the weather would be at its worst on Saturday afternoon for most of the week, and the forecast delivered in spades.
The rain started falling just as the Toyota 86 race started following Supercars practice six, and only worsened over the next half an hour.
The Carrera Cup race after the Toyotas was the first to be cancelled, before the Dunlop Series followed suit.
Mud and rivers can be found all around the grounds as water streams down the mountain to the main gates.
Non-camping fans without four wheel drives were told to catch public transport to the grounds on Saturday after the general access parking saw cars bogged deep in mud.
“Parking is at your own risk,” Supercars said.
Following what was described by drivers and officials as a “disappointing” cancellation of the shootout for the first time in history, reigning champion Chaz Mostert was astounded how fans just keep turning up rain, hail or shine.
“Our fans in our sport are the best in the country,” he said.
The Repco Bathurst 1000, 6 – 9 October, is back on its traditional date in the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship Calendar.
Feel the raw emotion and atmosphere of Australia’s historic Great Race, as we bid farewell to the Gen2 Commodores and Mustangs and prepare to welcome the Gen3 Supercars in 2023.
At this epic 4-day event, teams will put it all on the line to earn their all-important starting position, before a 1000km adrenaline-pumping race on Sunday.
See our Supercars heroes take on Mount Panorama in the ultimate test of teamwork, skill and endurance as they battle to see their names etched on the prestigious Peter Brock Trophy.
The Repco Bathurst 1000 is a family friendly event, with camping available, plenty of activities around the circuit, and free Trackside entry for kids 12 and under when accompanied by a paying adult.
Due to the current weather conditions and the forecast for the coming days, the best way to get to the track is by public transport.
Please refer to the Supercars Website for up to date information and recommendations.
Click here for information on purchasing Bathurst 1000 Single Day tickets for Thursday, Friday & Saturday.