How to watch 2020 Bathurst 1000 race live and free
A week of festivities at Mount Panorama reaches its climax with 25 cars taking on the legendary Bathurst 1000. This is how you can watch.
This is it, the event that racing experts and casual fans alike wait 12 months to see, or a little longer in this COVID-19-affected year. Just hearing the words "Bathurst 1000" usually brings a smile to an Australian's face and is such an ingrained part of the sporting culture.
Everyone will be gunning for defending Bathurst 1000 champion and reigning, three-time V8 Supercars title-holder, Scott McLaughlin. The Kiwi won here in controversial circumstances last year and will be under the spotlight in his last race before he heads to IndyCars in the United States.
When is the 2020 Bathurst 1000 race?
You can watch the powerful V8 cars warm up during your breakfast at 8:40am AEDT on Sunday 18 October. The Bathurst 1000 race then starts at 11:00am AEDT and is scheduled to finish at 5:45pm AEDT, but may run longer, so don't make too many plans for Sunday night. The race start time was moved half an hour forward due to expected bad weather.
How to watch 2020 Bathurst 1000 race live
Channel 10, 10 play, Foxtel and Kayo Sports are all showing the big race on Sunday, with one key difference. The free-to-air option will have ads throughout the telecast, not a small factor for a non-stop race. The coverage on Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports will all be ad-free.
On top of that, Kayo Sports is the only offering with a range of unique special features for the whole week of racing and events. You can see a detailed breakdown of the racing weekend in our Bathurst 1000 viewing guide.
Stream the 2020 Bathurst 1000 race live on Kayo Sports
It's fair to say the folks over at Kayo Sports are pretty excited about this year's Bathurst 1000. They have put a lot of work into providing by far the most comprehensive viewing experience you will find anywhere.
If you like special features to add to your race day, RaceView, Heli-Cam, Co-Pilot Cam and a Race Centre Channel are among the options. The features just for Bathurst are all detailed here. They are on top of standard Kayo features like SplitView, Key Moments and Kayo Minis.
You can also catch it all without paying a cent using Kayo's 14-day free trial for new users. After that, subscriptions are $25 a month for the Basic option, where you can watch on 2 screens, or $35 a month for a third screen.
Kayo has access to more than 50 sports in total. It's all in our full Kayo Sports review. It is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Android TV and Samsung TV (2017 or later), Sony Bravia TVs, Mac and PC as well as Chromecast or AirPlay.
Watch the 2020 Bathurst 1000 race on Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now, the digital streaming service of Foxtel, is also showing the great race live. For that, you need the Essentials pack plus the Sport pack, a total of $54 a month. Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial for new customers. Find out more in our Foxtel Now guide, which includes the list of compatible devices.
Who will win the 2020 Bathurst 1000?
The easy answer here is Scott McLaughlin and his new Ford Mustang partner for this year, Tim Slade. There's just one problem with that – nothing is ever easy around Mount Panorama. The Bathurst 1000 would have to rank as one of the most incident-packed races on the planet.
An incredible test of skill, patience and endurance, co-drivers take it in turns doing their best to nurse their cars around the 6.213km track 161 times. McLaughlin would love nothing more than to sign off with another victory before he heads over to the US to race in the IndyCar series.
We'd like to see the likes of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup or Rick Kelly and Dale Wood compete at the front of the field. But we'll opt for Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander sending the Holden Commodore out in style with a victory. This is the final year the Commodore will compete in the Australian championship.
Image source: Kayo Sports website
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