The Bathurst 1000 (currently officially known as the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000) is a touring car race held annually at Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Traditionally the race was run on the first Sunday in October, but more recently has moved to the second Sunday. The race traces its lineage back to a production car race held at Phillip Island in 1960, called the Armstrong 500. Since then 51 races have taken place under the combined history of two events at two venues in two states. It is known among fans and broadcasters as "The Great Race", and is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Australian motorsport.
The winners of the race receive the Peter Brock Trophy, inaugurated at the 2006 race in honour of Peter Brock who, with nine Bathurst victories, remains the most successful driver in the history of the race.
Although the Bathurst 1000 is today run by just two marques, Ford and Holden, makes as diverse as Morris, Jaguar, BMW, Nissan and Volvo have also tasted success at "The Mountain". Holden has the most victories at Bathurst with 25 wins, while Ford has 16 (or 17 if including the victory from the 1962 Phillip Island event).
In 1963, the race moved to the Mount Panorama track at Bathurst in New South Wales (Australia), after the Phillip Island track’s surface had broken up and became unsuitable for safe production car racing after only just three years. However the production car endurance event now held at Bathurst kept the Armstrong 500 name. The race's popularity grew rapidly, as it became a means for car manufacturers to showcase their products as the cars on the track, which according to the rules, the cars that were raced had to be and thus were identical to those available in the showrooms of Australia. The first years on Mount Panorama were dominated by small cars, such as the Ford Cortina GT 500 and Mini Cooper. Later Ford's development and introduction of the 289 cubic inch V8 Falcon GT signaled the end of these small cars as outright contenders. The V8 Falcon claimed a surprise victory against the smaller Alfa GTV's and Mini Cooper's, as the Falcon GT was unproven and the Alfa's were picking up from where the Mini's left off, with the new GTV highly regarded as the new emerging force in touring cars. The Falcon GT won however due to the fact that the GT's V8 power was well suited and second to none on Mount Panorama, particularly on its long uphill and downhill straights. This led to the birth of the widely accepted adage stating that "there is no substitute for cubic inches on the Mountain", which would become synomous and change the face of racing at Bathurst forever.
The popularity of the race continued to grow so rapidly during the 1960s that by 1966 most major manufacturers operating in the Australian market became heavily involved in what became known as "the Great Race". This is because an outright win in the long and tough race would add great credibility to the car and its brand, especially in proving that the winning car-brand offered the best overall package in terms of performance, durability, reliability and image. This proved to be a great marketing opportunity to increase sales and market share in the local market, and so the famous "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" concept was born. Notably, it was during this period that the famous Holden-Ford-Chrysler rivalry originated. This Series Production battleground between the "Big Three" was fought at Bathurst, and soon spawned the introduction and development of Australia's most famous muscle cars which became affectingly known as "Bathurst specials". These included Ford's Falcon GT and later GT-HO, Holden's Monaro and Torana, and Chrysler’s Pacer and Charger models.
For 1968, the Great Race at Bathurst became the Hardie-Ferodo (H-F) 500, and in response to Ford's successful 1967 Bathurst victory in a V8-powered Falcon GT, Holden entered the all new Monaro GTS. It was based largely on the HK-model four-door Kingswood family car at the time, yet was developed as a high-performance two-door, V8 coupe' that was fun and affordable to drive, whilst being engineered with the ability to win Bathurst. The Bathurst-bound Monaro GTS 327 had a 327 cubic inch Chevrolet-sourced V8 (as the 'GTS 327' name implies) which enabled the new hi-po coupe' to outperform the updated yet comparatively smaller engined 302 cubic inch Falcon GT's, and in the process the Monaro claimed a popular maiden victory on its debut as well as Holden's first ever Bathurst win.
For the following year, the 1969 H-F 500 saw the first of the three Ford Falcon GT-HO's. This Phase One GT-HO Bathurst special Falcon was powered with a 351 cubic inch V8 sourced from FoMoCo in the US, and with its 'HO' option included upgraded suspension and handling including front/rear stabilser bars and special race tyres. Holden on the other hand upgraded the GTS 327 Monaro to the GTS 350, which included better race-style handling and a more powerful Chevrolet V8 engine of 350 cubic inches. The new GTS 350 Monaro, at the hands of Colin Bond, was once again able to hold out Ford to claim another famous victory for Holden, after the Phase One's special tyres failed under the Falcon's heavy weight and great V8 power. This race also saw the debut of Peter Brock, who would soon forge his own piece of history in the Great Race as 'King of the Mountain'. Brock and Bond were drivers for the Holden Dealer Team (HDT), which had been formed earlier in the year to take the fight to the factory Ford Special Vehicles division that was turning out the ever-evolving, race-ready GT-HO Falcons. The 'Old Fox' Harry Firth was the head of the HDT and would prove to be just as much as a thorn in Ford's side as he had been the founding father for Ford's Bathurst-bred Cortina/Falcon program.
1970 saw a change of pace as Holden decided to retire the well-proven V8 powered Monaro in favour of the smaller and more nimble Torana GTR XU-1, which was a specially developed Bathurst version of the new and popular six-cylinder Torana mid-size car. Rather than continue the V8-power war with Ford, Holden adopted a more scientific and viable approach that would prove to be safer, cheaper and just as effective and fast as the GT-HO V8 steam roller. With triple carburetors and excellent power-to-weight ratio, the new Torana XU-1 was designed to be easier on brakes, tyres and fuel to enable it to minimise its required pit stops, whilst also having superior handling and braking to outperform the big and thirsty V8 Falcon GT-HO's. However, Ford refined the GT-HO to Phase Two specification, which included an even more powerful and better breathing 351 V8 and better-suited tyres. With so much power and torque, the GT-HO further proved the old "there is no substitute for cubic inches on the Mountain" saying by winning the 1970 H-F 500 as the small yet mighty Torana just could not compensate for the major power advantage that the Phase Two's had on the Bathurst straights.
The 1971 was a repeat Ford victory, which notably included the GT-HO development program had reached its peak with the XY-model Falcon GT-HO Phase Three with further upgrades to engine power and aerodynamics, which proved to be the world’s fastest four-door production car. Chrysler also introduced its racy new two-door Charger to raise the stakes in the Great Race, and was powered by a triple Weber-carbureted inline HEMI six similar to the engine layout of the Torana XU-1. The Charger however was Australia’s fastest accelerating car at the time.
1972 was the ‘year of pressure’. For one, the media-driven “Supercar Scare” had accumulated enough political pressure to force Holden to postpone its introduction of the new V8 Torana by two years. Ford abandoned its newly developed Phase Four GT-HO based on the new XA-model Falcon, while Chrysler also followed suit with its V8-powered Charger. Secondly, the 1972 H-F 500 was the first Great Race to be run in wet weather. Allan Moffat, who had won the H-F 500 the previous two years in a row, was unable to withstand the immense pressure placed on him by Brock in his XU-1, in which the Torana proved more than a match for the ultimate Phase Three GT-HO in the atrocious conditions. Moffat, unable to fully exploit the Phase Three’s V8 power, spun early in the race after been challenged furiously by Brock’s superbly-handling XU-1, and never really recovered. Brock meanwhile was able to hold off the Phase Three GT-HO of John French and the E49 Charger of Doug Chivas to win the 1972 H-F 500, thus dispelling the ‘no substitute for cubic inches’ theory as a myth. At the wheel of the new, upgraded LJ-model Torana GTR XU-1, Peter Brock had successfully exploited the car to its maximum effect to claim a highly significant and famous Bathurst victory. This is due to a number of reasons, the first being that it proved to be Brock’s first of nine Bathurst wins which would enable him to become the “King of the Mountain” and become known as “Peter Perfect”. It also signaled the first Bathurst victory for a six-cylinder engined car, which was an achievement that would not be repeated again until the maiden Bathurst win of the Nissan Skyline GT-R ‘Godzilla’ much later in 1991. Finally, it also began the Torana legend which would enable this innovative and unique muscle car to become one of Australia’s most successful touring cars ever.
For the remainder of the 1970’s, Holden’s new 308 cubic inch V8-powered Torana's would score Bathurst victory another four times in 1975/76/78/79, and Ford’s venerable 351 V8-powered Falcon GT’s taking out the two remaining Bathurst wins in the rain-soaked 1974 H-F 1000, and its famous 1-2 form finish in 1977. Group C would also see in the new decade, but would soon be replaced by the new International Group A Touring car rules in 1985. Till then, Holden and Ford dominated the Great race and shared victories between them. However, both Australian manufacturers were facing increased foreign competition, notably from the new Mazda RX-7 that was adopted and affectionally raced by Moffat, and Kevin Bartlett's 350 V8 powered Chevrolet Camaro. The turbo powered Nissan Bluebird piloted by George Fury also threatened the V8 'Big Bangers', and signialled a sign of things to come during the soon-to-be-adopted Group A era. During the 1980’s the Group C category was dominated by Peter Brock, having scored victories in 1980/82/83/84. Dick Johnson was the only winner for Ford during the 1980’s, with a victory in 1981 whilst at the wheel of the all-new XD-model Falcon. Ultimately, Peter Brock would prove to be the ace of the Group C era, by having achieved an incredible two Bathurst hat-tricks (three consecutive Bathurst wins twice) while at the wheel of both the Holden Torana and soon-to-be-released all new Commodore, in 1978-1980 and again in 1982-1984.
1985 would be the first year of the Bathurst 1000 being raced under Group A rules. This race was dominated by Tom Walkinshaw Racing's V12 Jaguar XJ-S, with John Goss and Armin Hahne claiming Jaguar's first and only Bathurst win. The following year, the Group A VK-model Commodore V8 of privateer racer Allan Grice claimed the Bathurst honours, after enjoying an exciting racing campaign in Europe, alongside other Commodore drivers Peter Brock and his newly recruited team mate, Allan Moffat, of the HDT.
In 1987, the race was a round of the short-lived World Touring Car Championship, and competitors in that championship raced against local teams. The resulting culture clash was considerable; local scrutineers, who had been applying the Group A regulations as written, repeatedly disagreed with European teams (notably that of Rudi Eggenberger) and the global organising body (FISA, the ancestor of the FIA) that were considerably more liberal with their interpretations. With the race run, it was still unclear as to who actually won. Although the Eggenberger's cars finished 1st and 2nd, they were soon to be disqualified months later due to bodywork irregularities. The race win was eventually awarded to third-placed Peter Brock, who drove two of his VL-model Group A Commodore's in wet conditions to ultimately claim a ninth and final Bathurst victory. During the race, Brock's number '05' HDT Commodore had broken down during the race, and he switched to his back-up number '10' Commodore to finish third behind the two Eggenberger Sierras.
Local Sierra teams dominated and won the next two Bathurst 1000s, in 1988 and 1989. In 1990 however, the Sierra's were again looking strong but lost what seemed like a seemingly unloseable race to the HRT Holden Commodore of Allan Grice and Win Percy. The winning VL-model 'SS Group A Walkinshaw' Commodore was able to set a fast pace early on in the race which the turbo Sierra's could not maintain, due to the high turbo boost pressures that gave the Sierra's maximum power, but resulted in extreme engine heat that hindered engine reliability. The HRT's cunning strategy had claimed a popular and long-awaited Bathurst victory for Holden, after three seasons of Sierra domination.
However a new and much more fiercer opponent was awaiting both cars. Also in 1990, Nissan and team manager Fred Gibson, had previously been running and developing its Skylines in Australian touring car competition for a few years, and that year introduced its new R32 four-wheel drive GT-R. While it suffered from mechnical problems in the 1990 race, the R32 GT-R Skyline went on to win both the 1991 and 1992 races and dominated Group A racing worldwide, earning its nickname 'Godzilla'. With four-wheel-drive, four-wheel-steer, and a devastatingly powerful turbo 2.6 litre six cylinder engine producing almost 600 horsepower, the RWD Sierra's and Commodore's simply could not equal or compensate for the Skyline's superior handling and power output.
The Skyline's 1992 victory was particularly controversial. Already disliked by the local and parochial Bathurst crowd, who preferred the race to be a contest between the traditional V8 touring car marques of Holden and Ford, the leading Skyline of Jim Richards and Mark Skaife was awarded victory after the race was abandoned following a huge rainstorm that caused a number of crashes, including that of the winning car. Dick Johnson in his Ford Sierra took the lead, but the race was red-flagged before he could complete a full lap that was required to claim the win. As Richards had been leading the race in the last lap prior to the cancellation of the event, his team was declared the winner (as is usual practice in a race cancellation). However, disappointed by the news that the Skyline had won despite the car having crashed on the cancelled lap and left immobile, this was an unpopular decision with many race fans, who voiced their opinions loudly. Race winners Mark Skaife and Jim Richards were met with a large booing crowd on the winner's podium, prompting Richards to call the crowd "a pack of arseholes".
In 1994, the 2-litre Super Touring championship split off by itself (away from the ATCC), though these cars ran at Bathurst that year alongside the V8s, with a top placing of 10th outright for the works BMW of Paul Morris/Altfrid Heger. In 1995, however, due to fears about the speed differences between the V8s and the 2 litre cars, the Bathurst 1000 for the first time in its history became a one-class race, with just 32 Ford and Holden V8's facing the starter in what was at the time the smallest grid in the history of the race. This format continued in 1996
In 1997, TEGA (who had been awarded the rights to market V8 touring cars by CAMS back in 1994) did a deal with IMG for market the class (newly renamed by them as V8Supercars). One of the first steps the new joint venture company did (called AVESCO) was sign a new TV deal with the TEN Network in Australia for a much expanded coverage of the championship over previous years. This was fine for the ATCC races, but the Bathurst 1000, run by the ARDC, had a TV deal with Channel 7 (who had televised the race since in its inception at Bathurst in 1963) going forward into the 21st century. It was a stalemate, Channel 7 were not prepared to lose the race, and AVESCO, with a freshly signed TV deal with the TEN Network which required a Bathurst race to be part of the deal, not prepared to go to Bathurst with TEN.
Despite talks, a resolution was not met, AVESCO announced V8Supercars would not be competing in the traditional Bathurst 1000 held on the October long weekend, leaving the organisers without an entry field for the 1997 race. TOCA Australia filled the void with a 2-litre Super Touring field, featuring a number of British Touring Car Championship drivers including Alain Menu, John Cleland and Rickard Rydell. The race was won by Paul Morris and Craig Baird in a BMW 320i run by BMW Motorsport Australia, however this team was disqualified as Baird had violated a race rule prohibiting drivers from driving more than 210 consecutive minutes in any one stint. The race was awarded to teammates David and Geoff Brabham.
In 1997 and 1998, the "Australian 1000 Classic" was run for V8Supercars. The 1997 edition was called the "Primus 1000 Classic" and held two weeks after the traditional race, whilst the 1998 "FAI 1000 Classic" was held in mid-November. Both races claimed to be the legitimate Bathurst 1000; the V8 Supercars' case was that they were the only truly Australian class of racing and the more popular of the two, while the Super Touring race was the official "Bathurst 1000" and was held on the traditional date of the first Sunday in October.
The fans voted with their feet and, due to a reducing number of competitors and spectators, the Super Touring class disappeared from Bathurst competition in 1999 and the race became exclusively for V8 Supercars.
*Denotes V8 Supercar "Classic" event
Jim Richards has won the race seven times (1978-80, 1991-92, 1998 and 2002) and also holds the record for the most starts (35) at this event. Larry Perkins is the third most successful driver at Bathurst, with six victories (1982-84, 1993, 1995 and 1997). Both Richards and Perkins have shared some of their victories as co-drivers with Brock.
Mark Skaife has won five times, his first was in 1991, with a Nissan Skyline GT-R. He also won in 1992 in the same car, and in 2001,2002 and 2005 in a Holden Commodore. He's been rated as the #1 driver of the V8 Supercar era in front of Marcos Ambrose and Craig Lowndes.
Canadian-born Allan Moffat is considered by many to be Ford's greatest Bathurst driver, winning the race four times (1970, 1971, 1973 and 1977). The 1977 race saw Moffat and team-mate Colin Bond cross the finish line side by side after opening up an indomitable lead in the early laps.
New Zealand-born Greg Murphy has won 4 times (1996, 1999, 2003, 2004).
Dick Johnson first rose to fame during the 1980 race when his privately-entered Ford Falcon hit a rock that had fallen (or been pushed; the subject is still debated to this day) onto the track. Thanks to public donations of over AU$70,000 - and a matching donation from Ford Motor Company - Johnson was able to rebuild his car and win the Bathurst race the following year. He went on to win twice more, in 1989 and 1994.
|Phillip Island (500 Miles)|
|1960||John Roxburgh / Frank Coad||Vauxhall Cresta||167 laps / 8h 19m 99.1s|
|1961||Bob Jane / Harry Firth||Mercedes-Benz 220SE||167 laps / 8h 18m 0.0s|
|1962||Harry Firth / Bob Jane||Ford XL Falcon||167 laps / 8h 15m 16.0s|
|Mount Panorama (500 Miles)|
|1963||Harry Firth / Bob Jane||Ford Cortina Mk.I GT||130 laps / 7h 46m 99.1s|
|1964||Bob Jane / George Reynolds||Ford Cortina Mk.I GT||130 laps / ?h ?m ?s|
|1965||Barry Seton / Midge Bosworth||Ford Cortina Mk.I GT500||130 laps / 7h 16m 45.1s|
|1966||Rauno Aaltonen / Bob Holden||Morris Cooper S||130 laps / 7h 11m 29.1s|
|1967||Harry Firth / Fred Gibson||Ford XR Falcon GT||130 laps / 6h 54m 99.1s|
|1968||Bruce McPhee / Barry Mulholland||Holden HK Monaro GTS327||130 laps / 6h 44m 0.0s|
|1969||Colin Bond / Tony Roberts||Holden HT Monaro GTS350||130 laps / 6h 32m 0.0s|
|1970||Allan Moffat||Ford XW Falcon GTHO Phase II||130 laps / 6h 33m 0.0s|
|1971||Allan Moffat||Ford XY Falcon GTHO Phase III||130 laps / 6h 9m 49.5s|
|1972||Peter Brock||Holden LJ Torana GTR XU-1||130 laps / 6h 0m 99.1s|
|Mount Panorama (1,000 Kilometres)|
|1973||Allan Moffat / Ian Geoghegan||Ford XA Falcon GT||163 laps / 7h 20m 6.8s|
|1974||John Goss / Kevin Bartlett||Ford XA Falcon GT||163 laps / 7h 50m 99.1s|
|1975||Peter Brock / Brian Sampson||Holden LH Torana L34||163 laps / 7h 19m 11.3s|
|1976||Bob Morris / John Fitzpatrick||Holden LH Torana L34||163 laps / 7h 7m 12.0s|
|1977||Allan Moffat / Jacky Ickx||Ford XC Falcon||163 laps / 6h 59m 7.8s|
|1978||Peter Brock / Jim Richards||Holden LX Torana A9X SS||163 laps / 6h 45m 53.9s|
|1979||Peter Brock / Jim Richards||Holden LX Torana A9X SS||163 laps / 6h 38m 15.8s|
|1980||Peter Brock / Jim Richards||Holden VC Commodore||163 laps / 6h 47m 52.7s|
|1981||Dick Johnson / John French||Ford XD Falcon||120 laps / 4h 53m 52.7s|
|1982||Peter Brock / Larry Perkins||Holden VH Commodore||163 laps / 6h 32m 3.2s|
|1983||John Harvey / Peter Brock / Larry Perkins||Holden VH Commodore||163 laps / 6h 28m 31.6s|
|1984||Peter Brock / Larry Perkins||Holden VK Commodore||163 laps / 6h 23m 13.6s|
|1985||John Goss / Armin Hahne||Jaguar XJS||163 laps / 6h 41m 30.19s|
|1986||Allan Grice / Graeme Bailey||Holden VK Commodore SSGroupA||163 laps / 6h 30m 35.68s|
|1987||Peter McLeod / Peter Brock / David Parsons||Holden VL Commodore SSGroupA||158 laps / 7h 1m 8.4s|
|1988||Tony Longhurst / Tomas Mezera||Ford Sierra RS500||161 laps / 7h 2m 10.28s|
|1989||Dick Johnson / John Bowe||Ford Sierra RS500||161 laps / 6h 30m 53.44s|
|1990||Win Percy / Allan Grice||Holden VL Commodore SSGroupA SV||161 laps / 6h 40m 52.64s|
|1991||Jim Richards / Mark Skaife||Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R||161 laps / 6h 19m 14.80s|
|1992||Mark Skaife / Jim Richards||Nissan Skyline BNR32 GT-R||143 laps / 6h 27m 16.22s|
|1993||Larry Perkins / Gregg Hansford||Holden VP Commodore||161 laps / 6h 29m 6.69s|
|1994||Dick Johnson / John Bowe||Ford EB Falcon||161 laps / 7h 3m 45.8425s|
|1995||Larry Perkins / Russell Ingall||Holden VR Commodore||161 laps / 6h 20m 32.4766s|
|1996||Craig Lowndes / Greg Murphy||Holden VR Commodore||161 laps / 7h 9m 28.3584s|
|1997||Geoff Brabham / David Brabham||BMW 320i||161 laps / 6h 41m 25.4072s|
|1997||Larry Perkins / Russell Ingall||Holden VS Commodore *||161 laps / 6h 21m 55.5483s|
|1998||Rickard Rydell / Jim Richards||Volvo S40||161 laps / 6h 54m 23.4756s|
|1998||Jason Bright / Steven Richards||Ford EL Falcon *||161 laps / 6h 42m 23.9039s|
|1999||Steven Richards / Greg Murphy||Holden VT Commodore||161 laps / 6h 51m 48.8354s|
|2000||Garth Tander / Jason Bargwanna||Holden VT Commodore||161 laps / 7h 23m 30.2348s|
|2001||Mark Skaife / Tony Longhurst||Holden VX Commodore||161 laps / 6h 50m 33.1789s|
|2002||Mark Skaife / Jim Richards||Holden VX Commodore||161 laps / 6h 58m 41.0260s|
|2003||Greg Murphy / Rick Kelly||Holden VY Commodore||161 laps / 6h 32m 55.4044s|
|2004||Greg Murphy / Rick Kelly||Holden VY Commodore||161 laps / 6h 29m 36.2055s|
|2005||Mark Skaife / Todd Kelly||Holden VZ Commodore||161 laps / 6h 37m 17.0012s|
|2006||Craig Lowndes / Jamie Whincup||Ford BA Falcon||161 laps / 6h 59m 53.5852s|
|2007||Craig Lowndes / Jamie Whincup||Ford BF Falcon||161 laps / 6h 29m 10.1985s|
|* Denotes Australia 1000 races for V8 Supercars category|
Note: Races were 163 laps until 1987when the track was slightly lengthend by the addition of the chicane called The Chase.
1981: The race was stopped on Lap 122 because of an incident on the top of the mountain because of a multiple-car incident that blocked the course. By rule, the race was scored based on Lap 120.
1987: The race was shortened to 161 laps, as the new chicane lengthened the circuit. Only the original race winner completed the full 161 laps, but the first and second place cars were disqualified for violations. The third-place car was declared the winner, although it only finished 158 laps.
1992: The race was stopped on Lap 145 because of numerous crashes in the heavily rain-soaked circuit, including the car of the leader on Lap 144. The race was wound back to the previous completed lap 144 as per the usual red flag rule, however in doing so it was discovered that some of the vehicles that had crashed during the storm-burst had crashed prior to the race leader completing the 144th lap. In this rare instance the race was wound back an additional lap so all involved vehicles could be classified as finishers.
The race record was set in the 1991 Tooheys 1000, 6h 19m 14.80s, set by Jim Richards and Mark Skaife in their Group A specification Nissan Skyline GT-R. The increasing use of the safety car to assist in the clean up of various incidents, and bad weather have prevented this 18-year-old record from being broken.
In 1986, Sydney accountant and privateer Mike Burgmann became the first fatality in the race's history when his car (Holden Commodore VK), travelling at , struck the recently constructed Bridgestone Bridge on the high-speed straight known as Conrod Straight. "The Chase", a large three-corner chicane, added in 1987 to the straight to comply with the FIA's regulations regarding length of straights was dedicated to Burgmann with a plaque embedded in the concrete barriers.
In 1992, former Formula One world champion Denny Hulme, after complaining of blurred vision, suffered a heart attack at the wheel of his BMW M3 whilst travelling along Conrod Straight. After veering into the wall on the left side of the track, he managed to bring the car to a relatively controlled stop on the opposite side of the course. When marshals reached the scene they found Hulme still strapped in, dead.
In 1994, Melbourne privateer Don Watson died during practice when his car (Holden Commodore VP) left the circuit and hit a barrier on Conrod Straight.
The 2006 event was marred by the death of New Zealand driver Mark Porter in a Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series support race on Friday, 6th October. His car spun in a section at the top of the mountain and was then hit from behind by Chris Alajajian and stalled, sitting sideways on the track. As fellow driver David Clark came around a blind corner at speeds of around , he swerved to try and avoid Porter's car but slid sideways into the driver's door. Porter was airlifted to hospital with serious head and chest injuries but passed away in late afternoon of Sunday, 8th October, as the feature race was concluding. Just two hours after the crowd was celebrating Craig Lowndes' win, and on the same day that Peter Brock was farewelled, Porter's family issued a statement announcing his death.