BATHURST, AUSTRALIA — OCTOBER 09: Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards, winners of last year's race pose during an autograph signing session ahead of the Bathurst 1000, which is part of the Supercars Championship at on October 09, 2019 in Bathurst, Australia. Will one of them win again this year but with a different combination? (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
BATHURST, AUSTRALIA — OCTOBER 09: Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards, winners of last year's race pose during an autograph signing session ahead of the Bathurst 1000, which is part of the Supercars Championship at on October 09, 2019 in Bathurst, Australia. Will one of them win again this year but with a different combination? (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

BATHURST 1000: Preview and combination ratings for all teams

IT is the race that stops a nation for more than six hours and is the ultimate test between man and machinery.

This year’s Bathurst 1000 promises to be a classic with the resurgence of Ford in the Mustang, recent changes to Holden making them strong again and Nissan with Kelly Racing looking to pull a surprise or two.

So how do they stake up against each other.

We rank each combination out of 30 based on the strength of each combination, the speed of the car so far this season and the strength of the team.

Each area is ranked out of 10 to get the number.

So who looks strong and who doesn’t?

Here is the list, in car number order.

Car 2 — Scott Pye/Warren Luff — Walkinshaw Andretti United

Scott Pye during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday earlier this season.
Scott Pye during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday earlier this season.

Combination 9, Speed 6.5, Team 7, Total 22.5 (My ranking: 14th)

Record: Pye — Starts: 7, Best Finish: 2nd (2017 & 2018)

Luff — Starts: 19, Best Finish: 2nd (2017 & 2018)

Starts together: Two

Comment: Whenever Scott Pye and Warren Luff get in the car together, good things happen at Bathurst for them.

The duo will be hoping to go one step further after finishing second the past two years.

There is no doubt the duo knows what it takes to get around the track but can the car deliver?

That is the question and with Pye not recording a top five finish this season you do wonder where the speed is going to come from.

Car 3 — Garry Jacobson/Dean Fiore — Kelly Racing

Garry Jacobson of Team Kelly Racing driving a Nissan Altima runs wide on turn 6 during practice 3 at Symmons Plains. PICTURE CHRIS KIDD
Garry Jacobson of Team Kelly Racing driving a Nissan Altima runs wide on turn 6 during practice 3 at Symmons Plains. PICTURE CHRIS KIDD

Combination 6, Speed 5.5, Team 6, Total 17.5 (My ranking: 22nd)

Record: Jacobson — Starts: 2, Best Finish: 8th (2017)

Fiore — Starts: 10, Best Finish: 6th (2017)

Starts together: 0

Comment: Garry Jacobson has struggled all year in the Nissan at Kelly Racing being the third or fourth best at Kelly Racing at most circuits.

He does have a very handy co-driver in the experienced Dean Fiore but the 35-year-old has had four DNF’s and two other finishes outside of the top 20 in his 10 appearances at the mountain.

Jacobson’s best finish this season has been 14th so a top ten would be a good result for the duo.

If it rains, expect Jacobson to thrive as he is one of the best in those conditions.

Car 5 — Lee Holdsworth / Tom Randle — Tickford Racing

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — SEPTEMBER 13: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) Lee Holdsworth drives the #5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford Mustang during the Auckland SuperSprint Supercars Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on September 13, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — SEPTEMBER 13: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) Lee Holdsworth drives the #5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Ford Mustang during the Auckland SuperSprint Supercars Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on September 13, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 7, Speed 8, Team 9, Total 24 (My ranking — 12th)

Record: Holdsworth — Starts: 15, Best Finish: 3rd (2009)

Randle — Starts: 0 (Debut)

Starts together: 0

Comment: One of those combinations that could genuinely surprise at Bathurst this year.

Tickford has been quick all season and Holdsworth has had solid results all year including a couple of top five finishes and potentially a podium at Pukekohe last round until an unfortunate safety car took it away.

The only issue is his co-driver, Tom Randle.

It is his first time at the Mountain and we’ve seen it can be hard sometimes for drivers on debut to deliver and perform.

This becomes even bigger this year with no lead up race to the 1000.

If Randle can deliver and do a job then there is no doubting this combination could be top five but he is the unknown factor in this.

Car 6 — Cameron Waters / Michael Caruso — Tickford Racing

Cameron Waters during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday.
Cameron Waters during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday.

Combination 8, Speed 8.5, Team 9, Total 25.5 (My ranking: 8th)

Record: Waters — Starts: 7, Best Finish: 4th (2016)

Caruso — Starts: 13, Best Finish: 3rd (2009)

Starts together: 0

Comment: A combination that could genuinely be there and contending at the end of the 161 laps.

Cameron Waters has had six podium positions this year and is joined by a very handy co-driver in Michael Caruso who showed his talent in Townsville earlier this season with a top ten finish with Garry Rogers Motorsport as a replacement for Richie Stanaway.

The only question is Waters’ form there.

He has only one top ten finish and four finishes outside of the top 20.

The Mountain hasn’t been kind to him but if everything comes together the pace is there to do something.

Car 7 — Andre Heimgartner / Bryce Fullwood — Kelly Racing

Andre Heimgartner of Team Kelly Racing driving a Nissan Altima takes turn 7 during practice 1 at Symmons Plains. PICTURE CHRIS KIDD
Andre Heimgartner of Team Kelly Racing driving a Nissan Altima takes turn 7 during practice 1 at Symmons Plains. PICTURE CHRIS KIDD

Combination 7, Speed 7.5, Team 7.5, Total 22 (My ranking: 17th)

Record: Heimgartner — Starts: 5, Best Finish: 9th (2017)

Fullwood — Starts: 1, Best Finish: 20th (2018)

Starts together: 0

Comment: Andre Heimgartner has been the best performing Nissan all year for Kelly Racing, recording the only podium for the team so far.

But the team in general has struggled for outright pace compared to the rest and that is likely to happen again at Bathurst.

This combination could get a top ten place but I’m not sure it can contend higher than that, given the other talent driving.

Fullwood also struggled last year in his debut but has been impressive this year in the Dunlop Super 2 series, currently leading the second tier of Supercars racing.

I’ll be fascinated to see how he handles the Mountain the second time coming.

Car 8 — Nick Percat / Tim Blanchard — Brad Jones Racing

Commodore driver Nick Percat in the Dunlop Tyres black and yellow livery at Darwin. He will be in a different livery this weekend at Bathurst.
Commodore driver Nick Percat in the Dunlop Tyres black and yellow livery at Darwin. He will be in a different livery this weekend at Bathurst.

Combination 8, Speed 8.5, Team 8, Total 24.5 (My ranking: 9th)

Record: Percat — Starts: 8, Best Finish: 1st (2011)

Blanchard — Starts: 8, Best Finish: 10th (2016)

Starts together: 0

Comment: If you want a dark horse, this combination is it.

Nick Percat is one of the best drivers at Mount Panorama, winning on debut and claiming two podium positions in cars that really shouldn’t have been in that position.

If the car is reliable and quick then this combination is right in contention.

He also has an experienced co-driver in Tim Blanchard who can do a good job when required.

It isn’t one of the top five combinations but if there is 30 laps to go and Percat is in a quick car then a top five finish isn’t out of the question.

Car 9 — David Reynolds / Luke Youlden — Erebus Motorsport

Day 2 (Saturday) of the Watpac Townsville 400. Dave Reynolds takes out Pole Position in the opening race at Townsville. Picture: Alix Sweeney
Day 2 (Saturday) of the Watpac Townsville 400. Dave Reynolds takes out Pole Position in the opening race at Townsville. Picture: Alix Sweeney

Combination 9.5, Speed 9.5, Team 8.5, Total 27.5 (My ranking: 4th)

Record: Reynolds — Starts: 11, Best Finish: 1st (2017)

Youlden — Starts: 19, Best Finish: 1st (2017)

Starts together: 2

Comment: If there is one combination that has dominated Bathurst recently, David Reynolds and Luke Youlden are it.

The duo won in 2017 and should have won last year if Reynolds did not suffer from fatigue late in the race.

This combination has led 152 of the past 322 laps at the great race.

Both know each other well, both know what it takes to make the car quick in the dry and wet and both know how to win.

The only issue from my end is the car.

There are clearly three teams that have had better car pace this year.

But this is Bathurst and form at the Mountain is sometimes better than race pace during the year.

Car 12 — Fabian Coulthard / Tony D’Alberto — Team Penske DJR Racing

Fabian Coulthard in action in the Ipswich SuperSprint practice session at Queensland Raceway on Friday.
Fabian Coulthard in action in the Ipswich SuperSprint practice session at Queensland Raceway on Friday.

Combination 8.5, Speed 9, Team 10, Total 27.5 (My ranking: 5th)

Record: Coulthard — Starts: 15, Best Finish: 3rd (2017)

D’Alberto — Starts: 14, Best Finish: 3rd (2017)

Starts together: 3

Comment: A combination that can win the Great Race.

Fabian Coulthard has had the best car all season, with his teammate Scott McLaughlin, and you’d expect that to continue at Bathurst.

The duo also has experience together, finishing 3rd in 2017 and having a shot at winning that year.

The only issue is the direct competition with McLaughlin and Alex Premat.

The duo will share the same pit booth and if it is a straight battle between the teammates then McLaughlin is going to be looked at more because he is leading the championship.

But if McLaughlin isn’t there then Coulthard can win and I see them contending for a podium.

Car 14 — Tim Slade / Ash Walsh — Brad Jones Racing

Tim Slade from Freightliner Racing during the Superloop Adelaide 500 at the Adelaide Street Circuit in Adelaide, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AAP Image/David Mariuz) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Tim Slade from Freightliner Racing during the Superloop Adelaide 500 at the Adelaide Street Circuit in Adelaide, Friday, March 1, 2019. (AAP Image/David Mariuz) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Combination 8, Speed 7.5, Team 8, Total 23.5 (My ranking: 13th)

Record: Slade — Starts: 10, Best Finish: 7th (2009, 2012, 2016)

Walsh — Starts: 5, Best Finish: 7th (2016)

Starts together: 2

Comment: An experienced combination that have already finished inside the top 10 together at Bathurst.

The only issue is trouble seems to find them both at Mount Panorama.

Last year the team had an issue with just two laps to go and in 2017 Tim Slade hit the wall in practice and Ash Walsh was unable to race with a broken leg.

If the car is strong for these two and both perform well then, the duo can legitimately finish inside the top 10.

It is a similar combination to the Nick Percat and Tim Blanchard team.

Car 15 — Rick Kelly / Dale Wood — Kelly Racing

Rick Kelly during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday.
Rick Kelly during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday.

Combination 7.5, Speed 7.5, Team 7.5, Total 22.5 (My ranking: 15th)

Record: Kelly — Starts: 18, Best Finish: 1st (2003, 2004)

Wood — Starts: 11, Best Finish: 4th (2017)

Starts together: 0

Comment: The best chance for Kelly Racing to win the Bathurst 1000 based on experience.

Rick Kelly has done it all before, winning twice almost 20 years ago.

His co-driver Dale Wood has also finished fourth just two years ago.

The issue is going to be pace and whether the Nissan can match it with the other cars.

If it can then top ten isn’t out of the question but there are other combinations that look better.

The duo are tough racers and that counts at Bathurst when the going gets tough.

Car 17 — Scott McLaughlin / Alex Premat — Team Penske DJR Racing

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — SEPTEMBER 15: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) Scott McLaughlin drives the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang during the Auckland SuperSprint Supercars Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on September 15, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — SEPTEMBER 15: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) Scott McLaughlin drives the #17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang during the Auckland SuperSprint Supercars Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on September 15, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 9, Speed 10, Team 10, Total 29 (My ranking: 1st)

Record: McLaughlin — Starts: 7, Best Finish: 3rd (2018)

Premat — Starts: 7, Best Finish: 2nd (2016)

Starts together: 4

Comment: Have been one of the favourites for the Bathurst 1000 for most of the year and deserve to be so.

Scott McLaughlin is the number one driver in the field and still has the number one car, despite the Red Bull Holden Racing Team catching up recently.

The Achilles heel has always been Bathurst for McLaughlin.

He’s had chances to win and not been able to do it but did finish third last year.

His co-driver when compared to other favourites falls behind the pecking order but Premat has done well recently and has finished on the podium twice in the past three years.

The duo has also raced four times together in the past five years.

They know each other well and have every chance of delivering the teams first Bathurst win in 25 years if McLaughlin is in position with 25 laps to go.

Car 18 — Mark Winterbottom / Steven Richards — Charlie Schwerkolt Racing

OTR Supersprint — The Bend — Tailem Bend. V8's First Practice session — Mark Winterbottom. Picture SARAH REED
OTR Supersprint — The Bend — Tailem Bend. V8's First Practice session — Mark Winterbottom. Picture SARAH REED

Combination 9, Speed 7.5, Team 7.5, Total 24 (My ranking: 10th)

Record: Winterbottom — Starts: 16, Best Finish: 1st (2013)

Richards — Starts: 26, Best Finish: 1st (1998, 1999, 2013, 2015, 2018)

Starts together: 6

Comment: If this year’s Bathurst was won on experience then Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards would be winning.

The duo has raced the most times together out of any other combination and Richards won the race last year.

There is no doubt the duo has what it takes to win.

But do they have the car to deliver them the Peter Brock Trophy?

That is the question and Winterbottom has struggled with his Irwin Racing car at times this year.

If the car can deliver, then Winterbottom and Richards are a chance.

Car 19 — Jack Le Brocq / Jonathon Webb — Tekno Autosport

The Tekno Autosports ZB Commodore to be driven by Jack Le Brocq in 2019. Picture: Mark Walker
The Tekno Autosports ZB Commodore to be driven by Jack Le Brocq in 2019. Picture: Mark Walker

Combination 5.5, Speed 5, Team 5, Total 15.5 (My ranking: 25th)

Record: Le Brocq — Starts: 4, Best Finish: 4th (2016)

Webb — Starts: 13, Best Finish: 1st (2016)

Starts together: 1

Comment: Both Jack Le Brocq and Jonathon Webb have finished inside the top five before at the Bathurst 1000 but it would be a major surprise if the duo did it this year.

Le Brocq has struggled in his Holden this year and only gained two results inside the top 15.

Webb has also struggled recently as a co-driver, particularly the past 18 months, and was only a late inclusion, despite owning the team.

A top 15 finish would be good for the team.

Car 21 — Macauley Jones / Dean Canto — Brad Jones Racing

Racing car driver Macauley Jones who is competing in the Watpac Townsville 400 Supercars on the weekend PICTURE: ANNA ROGERS
Racing car driver Macauley Jones who is competing in the Watpac Townsville 400 Supercars on the weekend PICTURE: ANNA ROGERS

Combination 6, Speed 5, Team 5, Total 16 (My ranking: 24th)

Record: Jones — Starts: 4, Best Finish: 7th (2018)

Canto — Starts: 20, Best Finish: 2nd (2012)

Starts together: 1

Comment: It’s been a tough first season in Supercars for Macauley Jones.

No top 15 finishes and at times the 24-year-old has struggled in the car.

He has a handy co-driver with Dean Canto experienced at Bathurst with 20 appearances.

It’s going to be tough for this combination to do well but anything can happen.

But a top 15 finish would be a good result, given the year so far.

Car 22 — James Courtney / Jack Perkins — Walkinshaw Andretti United

James Courtney during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday.
James Courtney during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday.

Combination 8.5, Speed 6.5, Team 7, Total 22 (My ranking: 16th)

Record: Courtney — Starts: 13, Best Finish: 2nd (2007)

Perkins — Starts: 13, Best Finish: 8th (2008, 2011, 2013)

Starts together: 3

Comment: James Courtney is one of the best drivers to never win a Bathurst 1000 and it might be another year before he does that.

He teams up with Jack Perkins in one of the most experienced combinations to tackle the Mountain.

But the car has not been up to scratch for him and the team.

He’s had one top five finish all season and you do wonder where the car pace is going to come from to win Bathurst.

Courtney and Perkins have also struggled recently at the Mountain with no top ten finishes between them in the past five years.

Car 23 — Will Davison / Alex Davison — 23 Red Racing

IPSWICH, AUSTRALIA — JULY 27: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) Will Davison drives the #23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang during race 19 for the Ipswich SuperSprint on July 27, 2019 in Ipswich, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
IPSWICH, AUSTRALIA — JULY 27: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) Will Davison drives the #23 Milwaukee Racing Ford Mustang during race 19 for the Ipswich SuperSprint on July 27, 2019 in Ipswich, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 8.5, Speed 8.5, Team 9, Total 26 (My ranking: 7th)

Record: Will — Starts: 15, Best Finish: 1st (2009, 2016)

Alex — Starts: 14, Best Finish: 4th (2014)

Starts together: 3

Comment: Another combination that is a dark horse for the race.

When Will Davison gets given a car that can win Bathurst then he usually wins or comes close to it.

2016 and 2009 were examples of that.

He’s had a car this year that has enabled him to potentially win without crossing the line in first.

Both brothers drive well together, both know each other and both can get results.

The duo can finish inside the top five and even further if everything goes their way.

Car 27 — James Hinchcliffe / Alexander Rossi — Walkinshaw Andretti United

Indy car drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe (L) are welcomed in Sydney ahead of their appearance at Bathurst. James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi met with Australian local animals at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour in Sydney just minutes before beginning the trek across the Blue Mountains to check out Bathurst.
Indy car drivers Alexander Rossi and James Hinchcliffe (L) are welcomed in Sydney ahead of their appearance at Bathurst. James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi met with Australian local animals at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour in Sydney just minutes before beginning the trek across the Blue Mountains to check out Bathurst.

Combination 5.5, Speed 6.5, Team 7, Total 19 (My ranking: 20th)

Record: Hinchcliffe — Starts: 0 (Debut)

Rossi — Starts: 0 (Debut)

Starts together: 0

Comment: Can two drivers with international experience tame the Mountain and deliver at Bathurst?

That’s the question James Hinchcliffe and Alexander Rossi will try to answer this year.

Both come with vast experience in Indycar and Formula 1, in Rossi’s case, but both have never raced in Supercars.

This combination to me is fraught with danger.

No experience at Bathurst, a car that hasn’t been strong all year and with a team that hasn’t delivered this year and is now stretching its resources to field three cars.

If the car is good, the inexperience can usually be countered.

But if it is bad, then the two will have an interesting weekend, which is what might happen.

Car 33 — Richie Stanaway / Chris Pither — Garry Rogers Motorsport

Richie Stanaway's Boost Mobile Racing Commodore.
Richie Stanaway's Boost Mobile Racing Commodore.

Combination 6.5, Speed 6, Team 6.5, Total 19 (My ranking: 19th)

Record: Stanaway — Starts: 3, Best Finish: 12th (2016)

Pither — Starts: 9, Best Finish: 4th (2017)

Starts together: 1

Comment: A solid combination with a car that is in the middle of the pack right now.

The duo, based on experience, is Garry Rogers Motorsport’s best chance of winning but with only three top ten finishes all season from this car, that seems a bit of a stretch.

If it is wet then Richie Stanaway can surprise, just like he did in 2017 with Cameron Waters when the duo was on track to win before late problems.

But the car just doesn’t seem to have the pace to deliver what the duo needs.

Car 34 — James Golding / Richard Muscat — Garry Rogers Motorsport

PERTH, AUSTRALIA — MAY 03: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) James Golding drives the #33 Boost Mobile Racing Holden Commodore ZB during Perth Supernight as part of the 2019 Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway on May 03, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA — MAY 03: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) James Golding drives the #33 Boost Mobile Racing Holden Commodore ZB during Perth Supernight as part of the 2019 Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway on May 03, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 6, Speed 6, Team 6.5, Total 18.5 (My ranking: 21st)

Record: Golding — Starts: 3, Best Finish: 8th (2018)

Muscat — Starts: 2, Best Finish: 8th (2018)

Starts together: 1

Comment: If the duo repeats what they did last year then it will be a great performance for the team and the drivers.

James Golding and Richard Muscat impressed last year but car form and a lack of driving from Muscat does provide questions on whether the duo can do it again.

Garry Rogers Motorsport was stronger last year and haven’t replicated the form into this year.

A top ten is a long shot but you never know what can happen in a race like the Bathurst 1000.

Car 35 — Todd Hazelwood / Jack Smith — Matt Stone Racing

The Matt Stone Racing Holden ZB Commodore driven by Todd Hazelwood will have a new major sponsor at The Bend OTR Supersprint, Nulon.
The Matt Stone Racing Holden ZB Commodore driven by Todd Hazelwood will have a new major sponsor at The Bend OTR Supersprint, Nulon.

Combination 5.5, Speed 7.5, Team 7, Total 20 (My ranking: 18th)

Record: Hazelwood — Starts: 2, Best Finish: 12th (2017)

Smith — Starts: 0 (Debut)

Starts together: 0

Comment: There’s been many combinations with great experience but a car that hasn’t been great.

This is the opposite.

Hazelwood has been quick this season, getting top ten positions in qualifying and some top ten spots in races but probably not as many as the team and he would have liked.

And that is the issue, can the duo and the team last 161 laps?

The car will give them pace but the experience of Hazelwood as leader with an inexperienced co-driver is the worry.

This is Jack Smith’s first Bathurst and despite being in Supercars for multiple wildcard rounds this year, Mount Panorama is a different beast.

If the duo can survive the race then a top ten performance can happen.

Car 55 — Chaz Mostert / James Moffat — Tickford Racing

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — SEPTEMBER 13: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) Chaz Mostert drives the #55 Supercheap Auto Racing Ford Mustang during the Auckland SuperSprint Supercars Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on September 13, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — SEPTEMBER 13: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarising filter was used for this image.) Chaz Mostert drives the #55 Supercheap Auto Racing Ford Mustang during the Auckland SuperSprint Supercars Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on September 13, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 8.5, Speed 9, Team 9, Total 26.5 (My ranking: 6th)

Record: Mostert — Starts: 6, Best Finish: 1st (2014)

Moffat — Starts: 9, Best Finish: 2nd (2014)

Starts together: 1

Comment: The best chance from Tickford Racing to win Bathurst.

Chaz Mostert has been the leading Ford behind McLaughlin for most of the season and has plenty of pace in the Mustang.

His co-driver, James Moffat, is also experienced and both finished in the top five.

The only issue is Mostert has had issues at the Mountain before, he can’t seem to have a clean weekend.

Last year he ran into his teammate, Cameron Waters, and before that has either had crashes or issues with the car for pushing too hard.

Even when he won in 2014 he was forced to win from last after making the mistake of overtaking under red flag conditions in qualifying.

If the duo minimise mistakes then Bathurst is there for both to win.

Car 56 — Brodie Kostecki / Jake Kostecki — Kostecki Racing

BATHURST, AUSTRALIA — OCTOBER 09: Brodie Kostecki and Jake Kostecki driver of the #56 Boost Mobile Kostecki Brothers Racing Holden Commodore ZBduring previews ahead of the Bathurst 1000, which is part of the Supercars Championship at on October 09, 2019 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
BATHURST, AUSTRALIA — OCTOBER 09: Brodie Kostecki and Jake Kostecki driver of the #56 Boost Mobile Kostecki Brothers Racing Holden Commodore ZBduring previews ahead of the Bathurst 1000, which is part of the Supercars Championship at on October 09, 2019 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 5, Speed 5, Team 5, Total 15 (My ranking: 26th)

Record: Brodie — Starts: 0 (Debut)

Jake — Starts: 0 (Debut)

Starts together: 0

Comment: It’s great to see a wildcard enter Bathurst for the first time in a couple of years.

But the Kostecki family has a tough challenge.

This is the first time the team is taking on the Mountain and the same applies to cousins Jake and Brodie.

For Jake he is the youngest driver in the field.

Just finishing will be an achievement for the duo.

If they can finish inside the top 15 it will be a bonus.

Car 78 — Simona de Silvestro / Alex Rullo — Nissan Racing

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — AUGUST 24: (L-R) Rick Kelly (15), Simona de Silvestro (78) and Thomas Randle drives the #66 Scandia Ford Mustang during race 1 for The Bend Supersprint, part of the 2019 Supercars Championship on August 24, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA — AUGUST 24: (L-R) Rick Kelly (15), Simona de Silvestro (78) and Thomas Randle drives the #66 Scandia Ford Mustang during race 1 for The Bend Supersprint, part of the 2019 Supercars Championship on August 24, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 6, Speed 5.5, Team 6, Total 17.5 (My ranking: 23rd)

Record: De Silvestro — Starts: 4, Best Finish: 14th (2016, 2018)

Rullo — Starts: 2, Best Finish: 14th (2018)

Starts together: 1

Comment: Apart from the last round in Pukekohe, Simona de Silvestro has not been inside the top ten all season and been either the third or fourth best Nissan.

Both got a top 15 finish last year and a repeat of that would be a good achievement.

Alex Rullo, despite being in his third Bathurst 1000, is the second youngest driver in the field but did a good job last year.

The combination won’t win on outright pace but if it keeps out of trouble it could finish inside the top 15.

Car 97 — Shane van Gisbergen / Garth Tander — Red Bull Holden Racing Team

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — SEPTEMBER 14: Shane van Gisbergen drives the #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB during practice for the Auckland SuperSprint Supercars Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on September 14, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — SEPTEMBER 14: Shane van Gisbergen drives the #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB during practice for the Auckland SuperSprint Supercars Championship at Pukekohe Park Raceway on September 14, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 9.5, Speed 9.5, Team 9.5, Total 28.5 (My ranking: 3rd)

Record: Van Gisbergen — Starts: 12, Best Finish: 2nd (2016)

Tander — Starts: 21, Best Finish: 1st (2000, 2009, 2011)

Starts together: 0

Comment: One of the combinations that can win Bathurst and will start as one of the favourites.

The team has car pace, both drivers are very strong and one of the drivers has won it all before.

Shane van Gisbergen should have joined Garth Tander as a winner but was unlucky in 2014 and 2016.

Can he break the duck this year?

Well if luck comes to the table then the combination is every chance.

The team will also side with Van Gisbergen and Tander over Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes if there is Championship ramifications with the winner.

The only negative is the combination hasn’t raced together with other favourites having that luxury.

Car 99 — Anton De Pasquale / Will Brown — Erebus Racing

Anton de Pasquale during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday.
Anton de Pasquale during practice at the Ipswich SuperSprint at Queensland Raceway on Friday.

Combination 7.5, Speed 8, Team 8.5, Total 24 (My ranking: 11th)

Record: De Pasquale — Starts: 1, Best Finish: 24th (2018)

Brown — Starts: 1, Best Finish: 24th (2018)

Starts together: 1

Comment: This combination has the pace and the team around it to really surprise, just like it did last year when it qualified inside the top three.

But this combination is 12 months away from having the experience to win the race.

Last year both had crashes at critical times in races in the Pirtek Enduro Cup.

De Pasquale had one at Bathurst and Brown had one on the Gold Coast.

If both have learnt the lessons from that then a top five or podium finish is beckoning.

But another 12 months at the mountain and another year of learning could deliver better results next year.

But not this year with other combinations looking better.

Car 888 — Jamie Whincup / Craig Lowndes

BATHURST, AUSTRALIA — OCTOBER 09: The car of Jamie Whincup driver of the #88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB and Craig Lowndes driver of the #88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB is pictured during previews ahead of the Bathurst 1000, which is part of the Supercars Championship at on October 09, 2019 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
BATHURST, AUSTRALIA — OCTOBER 09: The car of Jamie Whincup driver of the #88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB and Craig Lowndes driver of the #88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Holden Commodore ZB is pictured during previews ahead of the Bathurst 1000, which is part of the Supercars Championship at on October 09, 2019 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Combination 10, Speed 9.5, Team 9.5, Total 29 (My ranking: 2nd)

Record: Whincup — Starts: 17, Best Finish: 1st (2006, 2007, 2008, 2012)

Lowndes — Starts: 25, Best Finish: 1st (1996, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2018)

Starts together: 4

Comment: This is the combination you hope to draw in your office or mates sweepstakes if you are doing that during the race.

The combination has the most wins together with three, the most wins overall out of drivers with 11 and the duo has not finished outside of the top four during their time as a combination.

Both know how to win and with the improvements to the Red Bull Holden Racing Team car have now got the car to win.

Craig Lowndes also knows how to get a car in the sweet spot in the final 60 laps.

The only issue is with Jamie Whincup and his mistakes but with Lowndes there it might provide the inspiration and calmness needed to deliver.

Absolutely a chance to win and don’t be surprised if the bookmakers have them as favourite on Sunday if everything goes well over the first three days.

Team Totals

1. McLaughlin/Premat 9,10,10, 29

2. Lowndes/Whincup 10, 9.5, 9.5, 29

3. Van Gisbergen/Tander 9.5, 9.5, 9.5, 28.5

4. Reynolds/Youlden 9.5, 9.5, 8.5, 27.5

5. Coulthard/D’Alberto 8.5, 9, 10, 27.5

6. Mostert/Moffat 8.5, 9, 9, 26.5

7. Davison/Davison 8.5, 8.5, 9, 26

8. Waters/Caruso 8, 8.5, 9, 25.5

9. Percat/Blanchard 8, 8.5, 8, 24.5

10. Winterbottom/Richards 9, 7.5, 7.5, 24

11. de Pasquale/Brown 7.5, 8, 8.5, 24

12. Holdsworth/Randle 7, 8, 9, 24

13. Slade/Walsh 8, 7.5, 8, 23.5

14. Pye/Luff 9, 6.5, 7, 22.5

15. Kelly/Wood 7.5, 7.5, 7.5, 22.5

16. Courtney/Perkins 8.5, 6.5, 7, 22

17. Heimgartner/Fullwood 7, 7.5, 7.5, 22

18. Hazelwood/Smith 5.5, 7.5, 7, 20

19. Stanaway/Pither 6.5, 6, 6.5, 19

20. Hinchcliffe/Rossi 5.5, 6.5, 7, 19

21. Golding/Muscat 6, 6, 6.5, 18.5

22. Jacobson/Fiore 5, 5.5, 6, 17.5

23. de Silvestro/Rullo 6, 5.5, 6, 17.5

24. Jones/Canto 6, 5, 5, 16

25. Le Brocq/Webb 5.5, 5, 5, 15.5

26. Kostecki/Kostecki 5, 5, 5, 15



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