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Motor Racing and Gambling


It’s no real secret that many Australians love gambling, although people may be surprised to hear that they love to wager on more than just horse racing and pokies. Betting motor racing has become big business, and while Australia may not necessarily be the first country you think of when you mention that particular sport, you need only visit the National Motor Racing Museum in Bathurst to see that it actually has quite a rich history. The most famous series in motor racing history in Australia is the V8 Supercars series, with the biggest race on the card landing, as you might expect, in Bathurst.

History of the Australian Touring Car Championship

The series got its start back in the early 90’s, with V8 Ford’s and Holden’s considered to be the ideal vehicles to take part in the Australian Touring Car Championship. The idea quickly took hold, with three separate classes of car established for the series. While initially hosting small fields, the series took on a whole new life with the introduction of the V8 supercars in 1996, which is when the event started to take on the look that is so familiar to Australian racing fans today. Those humble beginnings now seem pretty far in the rearview mirror now when you think that the average race now attracts an average attendance of over 100,000 people.

The Big Race in Bathurst

The races in the series are run across the length and breadth of the country, but there are perhaps none as well known or loved than the Bathurst supercars race, which has become known as the “Great Race.” This particular race actually had a life long before this series came into being, with the 1000km event taking place in some shape or form since 1960. It is that race and the Clipsal 500 that tend to draw much of the attention, although the Sandown 500 and the Gulf Coast 600 are also endurance events that are pretty popular within the series.

Motor Racing Gambling Options

Just as there are now a ton of events within the series, there are just as many Australian motor racing bets open to the public. It is possible to even get the betting started before the race proper begins, with pole position betting a popular one among the gambling public. Since the positioning at the start of the race can play a role in the eventual outcome, that jockeying for position gets a lot of attention. Those qualifying positions usually take place a day or two before the actual race, with qualifying runs usually lasting anywhere from twenty to seventy-five minutes.

Once that is all said and done, the betting usually goes on who will win each individual race, with side bets on such things as time of the fastest lap, overall finishing time, and much more also available. Punters can also have a wager on who they think will win the entire series, plus a ton of other options. As you can see, it’s not just racing of the 4-legged variety that gets all the attention in Australia, with the 4-wheelers also pretty popular.

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