The biggest race of the Supercars calendar is finally here, and this year’s Bathurst 1000 is set to be a wild one.

Meteorologists are predicting Mount Panorama will be pelted with rain this weekend, but Supercars chief executive Shane Howard is adamant the annual race will go ahead as planned.

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“In light of the weather forecast over the coming days, patrons are encouraged to plan accordingly,” he said on Wednesday.

“Sessions will begin for all categories on track on Thursday and run through until Sunday’s great race.

“Off track entertainment at the top and bottom of the mountain will also proceed as planned.

“We will act accordingly to ensure the safety of patrons and competitors at all times.”

What time does the race start?

The 161-lap race gets underway at 11.15am local time (AEDT) on Sunday, October 9.

Unlike all other Supercars races, the Bathurst 1000 does not have a time certain cut-off, but is expected to conclude at approximately 6pm.

How to watch the race

You can watch Sunday’s race on free-to air broadcaster Channel 7 and live stream the race via 7plus.

Every session of the Bathurst 1000 will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports 503 and streaming platform Kayo.

What is the schedule?

Thursday

11am -12pm: Supercars Practice 1 (all drivers)

3.55pm – 4.55pm: Supercars Practice 2 (co-drivers)

Friday

10.10am – 11.10am: Supercars Practice 3 (all drivers)

1pm-2pm: Supercars Practice 4 (all drivers)

4.15pm – 4.55pm: Supercars Qualifying

Saturday

10.20am – 11.20am: Supercars Practice 5 (co-drivers)

1pm – 2pm: Supercars Practice 6 (all drivers)

5.05pm: Supercars top-10 Shootout

Sunday

8am – 8.20am: Supercars warm-up

8.40am – 9am: Supercars Drivers’ Parade

11.15am: Supercars Race 30 (161 laps)

What is the grid?

Triple Eight Race Engineering/Red Bull Ampol Racing

Broc Feeney/Jamie Whincup

Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander

Dick Johnson Racing/Shell V-Power Racing Team

Anton De Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto

Will Davison/Alex Davison

Tickford Racing

James Courtney/Zane Goddard

Cameron Waters/James Moffat

Thomas Randle/Zak Best

Jake Kostecki/Kurt Kostecki

Walkinshaw Andretti United

Nick Percat/Warren Luff

Chaz Mostert/Fabian Coulthard

Erebus Motorsport

Will Brown/Jack Perkins

Brodie Kostecki/David Russell

Team 18

Mark Winterbottom/Michael Caruso

Scott Pye/Tyler Everingham

Cooldrive Racing

Tim Slade/Tim Blanchard

Grove Racing

Lee Holdsworth/Matt Payne

David Reynolds/Matt Campbell

Brad Jones Racing

Andre Heimgartner/Dale Wood

Bryce Fullwood/Dean Fiore

Macauley Jones/Jordan Boys

Jack Smith/Jaxon Evans

Premiair Racing

Chris Pither/Cameron Hill

James Golding/Dylan O’Keeffe

Matt Stone Racing

Jack Le Brocq/Aaron Seton

Todd Hazelwood/Jayden Ojeda

Triple Eight Race Engineering (wildcard)

Craig Lowndes/Declan Fraser

Erebus Motorsport (wildcard)

Richie Stanaway/Greg Murphy

Matt Chahda Motorsport (wildcard)

Matt Chahda/Jaylyn Robotham

Who has the most Bathurst wins?

9 – Peter Brock

7 – Jim Richards, Craig Lowndes

6 – Larry Perkins, Mark Skaife

5 – Steven Richards

4 – Allan Moffat, Greg Murphy, Jamie Whincup, Garth Tander

Supercars Championship Standings

2782 – Shane van Gisbergen (Triple Eight/Holden Commodore)

2257 – Cameron Waters (Tickford Racing/Ford Mustang)

2180 – Eill Davison (Dick Johnson Racing/Ford Mustang)

2113 – Anton De Pasquale (Dick Johnson Racing/Ford Mustang) -669

2004 – Chaz Mostert (Walkinshaw Andretti United/Holden Commodore) -778

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