Photo Gallery: Supercars Bathurst 1000 – 2020
Standing up the top of Mount Panorama during the biggest event of the year without a single spectator in sight really summarised the 2020 Supercars season for me.
This year’s Bathurst 1000 was just something else. As a business, we work at every major event at Mount Panorama, the Bathurst 12 Hour, 6 Hour, Challenge Bathurst… all of them. But to experience Bathurst so painstakingly quiet during an event that surely drives a significant portion of the economy for the regional city was difficult to witness first hand.
Darwin was eerily subdued when we got there, but that was nothing remotely the same as the experience arriving at Mount Panorama with empty campgrounds in October. Even the smallest of events at the circuit fills the campground behind the paddock. This year other than the first couple of rows being used as a car park, there was nothing beyond that. Honestly, I don’t have the words to explain the feeling properly… It was just weird and empty without the crowds. Especially up the top.
That all said, it was really great to see cars on track again at The Mountain in what turned out to be a really hectic program. In fact, the on-track action was probably even more intense than usual.
It was especially great to see Super2/Super3 and Toyota 86 Series guys in something that resembled a normal support category. As much fun as the mixed-up categories have been this year, returning to some sort of normality was a really great sign for the last Supercars event of the year.
Also, how good was it to see Garry Rogers Motorsport back in the Supercars pitlane?! In recent years there simply hasn’t been enough cars on the grid to give many young guys a go. So it was amazing to see InSyde Media customers Tyler Everingham and Jayden Ojeda both get the opportunity to showcase their abilities on the big stage as part of the team’s wildcard entry was pretty special.
Let’s just say this year’s Bathurst 1000 will certainly stick in the memory for a little while. For a variety of reasons!
At the end of the day, what I really like to say is that I am hugely thankful that I did manage to do as part of this year’s Supercars season, working at all but one event. The vast majority of the media only attended a handful this year. So it was a real privilege to be one of the select few to be involved as much as I was in 2020.
I’ve really got to commend everyone who managed to keep the Supercars season going in 2020. The teams, particularly the Victorian ones. The management team at Supercars for salvaging a schedule with ever-changing restrictions and border controls. It was a massive effort and huge sacrifice for all involved. O was quite fortunate, being NSW based, to be able to get a few days at home before heading to Bathurst, while many others had been on the road for months.
This season was by no means profitable, and definitely required a lot of hard work behind the scenes on other projects just to keep the business going, but I’m really proud of our efforts to get through the year.
Bring on 2021!
With all of that out of the way, here’s a selection of some of my favourite photos captured during the Bathurst 1000 weekend at Mount Panorama. With all eye looking towards 2021 and the upcoming motorsport season, please do get in touch to discuss photo package options or any other ways we can help you with media and sponsorship for next year.