The Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 will get underway next weekend, our editorial team at apexnews.co.nz have made their predictions on who they think will win the Bathurst 1000 this year.
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As I have a financial background, I look at trends to do my pre-race predictions. After doing some statistics, it came to me that Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen will win the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 this year. Looking at last year, Davison/Webb pairing finished 3rd at Sandown and went on to win Bathurst. However, this year Mostert/Owen [who finished 3rd at Sandown] will win it this for two reasons as the Prodrive Fords has strong engines which are crucial down conrod straight and will be good on the 2016-spec Dunlop hard tyre which will see them topple the Red Bull Holdens and Shell Fords.
You could say Garth Tander and James Golding is a dark horse team for the Bathurst 1000. A three-time Bathurst winner obviously knows how to win The Great Race and has been a solid endurance driver throughout the years. Tander won the Sandown 500 last year and was very close to winning Bathurst in 2016 but fell short due to the controversial incident between Whincup and McLaughlin. Meanwhile, his co-driver having a shocking endurance season last year, but Golding and Tander put on a brilliant performance at Sandown in 2017; just missing out on a podium – finishing in 4th place. Tander has won Bathurst with a rookie before (Percat), with the right cards and strategy. I’m sure he can do it again with Bieber.
With a disappointing Sandown 500, the only way to bounce back would be to win the great race. Van Gisbergen will be looking to go one better than last year’s 2nd place, and I believe him and Campbell will achieve this. Campbell has shown he has the goods as a co-driver when he was matching Scott McLaughlin’s lap times early through his McLaughlin’s stint. I also believe that Van Gisbergen can afford to take more risks at the mountain then the drivers in front of him in the championship as he believes he’s out of the title race. This could lead to a maiden Bathurst 1000 victory for both of them and I’m sure they could it with the right setup.
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