The 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is still happening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the event is scheduled to take place from October 15-18.
Supercars and other relevant sports agencies have introduced the ‘Significant Other’ rule. Such a move allows each driver to have at least one registered person of their choice, who can access the Supercars Championship paddock for this year’s Bathurst 1000.
In June, there was an increase in personnel limits during the final event of the 2020 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. The introduction of additional personnel was meant to make the resumption possible for the event, and it has only been altered once ever since.
However, be sure to note that they are doing regarding creating a COVID-safe environment for the limited fans, drivers, and other staff allowed at the Mount Panorama Circuit.
News coming in is that driver’s families have now been given some specific allowance with additional freedoms while attending the Great Race.
The new rule states that:
“For this Event, the Driver and the additional Driver for each REC are permitted access for one (1) significant other, who will be authorized access to the VCS paddock and the front 50% of the Teams garage.”
Children can also attend the race as long as the ‘Significant Other‘ accompanies them. All attendees must be registered on the personnel form.
Additionally, 2020 Bathurst 1000 regulations state that:
“Access to the VASC Paddock will be restricted to Main Game teams (as per the approved D24. Notification of Endurance Performance Personnel Form (F.13)) and approved staff, broadcasters, media and contractors.”
For instance, OTR SuperSprint The Bend between September 26-27, there was no allowance for children or significant other listed on the personnel form. This contrasts with what Supercar’s new rule stated, but maybe it’s only meant for the 2020 Bathurst 1000 final event.
You’ll only be able to access Mount Panorama Supercars Championship Paddock, only if your lanyard to the event has a relevant sticker attached to it.
Other regulations include:
- Performance personnel allocation increased from 11-12 people.
- Non-performance personnel allocation increased from 1 person to 4 people.
- There is a nomination of a COVID-19 Compliance Officer for each team, and social distancing should always be maintained.
Everybody attending the event must have tested negative for the COVID-19, including even the asymptomatic testing.
The rule (4.1.7) states that:
“There will be a requirement for any person who resides in certain areas of NSW (and/or visited a location of possible contact) in the lead up to the event to undertake asymptomatic COVID-19 testing. And further information will be sent to all Teams under separate cover.”
Corporate facilities are still prohibited even to team members who also need to go to the pit complex floor to use toilets.
Supercars have also added an extra hour of practice, with half of it dedicated to co-drivers only. They further named Tim Schenken as the Race Director, after he missed out last time because of the New South Wales-Victoria border closure.
Even with new rules, one thing that is yet to be declared mandatory is wearing masks. But we will be expecting to see attendees wearing masks as advised by most governments and other relevant health agencies.