It’s that time again, when bogans and motorsport fans across Australia and New Zealand make the pilgrimage to Mount Panorama in Bathurst or gravitate to the nearest mate that isn’t too cheap to pay a Sky sport subscription to watch the drivers of the V8 Supercar series battle it out for the holy grail of of the V8 Supercars season: victory at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. Kiwi Shane Van Gisbergen took pole position in last nights ARMOR ALL Top Ten Shootout in a barnstorming lap to steal pole off Mark Winterbottom.
Of course this year is also something special, seeing the return of a New Zealand based team to the Bathurst 1000 for the first time since 2009 when Team Kiwi Racing ceased to exist in the V8 format of motorsport. Super Black Racing was entered in the Bathurst 1000 as the only wild card entry into the Great Race this year, and drivers Andre Heimgartner and Ant Pedersen will enter the fray on the biggest race of the season in what could preview the teams entry into the competition next year to compete for the 2015 championship. 19 year old Heimgartner is no stranger to the track at Mount Panorama, last year having competed in the 2013 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race finishing a respectable 29th out of 53 starters, and also finishing 1st in his class.