• Mar 25th 2011 at 9:58AM
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Jenson Button laps Bathurst – Click above to view video after the jump

Jenson Button
has become the first person to ever run an F1 car around Australia's legendary Mount Panorama Bathurst circuit. In an event organized by Vodafone, Button and Australian V8 Supercar driver Craig Lowndes traded laps in a 2008 McLaren MP4-23 car.

Button went out first and ran five laps of the circuit, clocking a best lap of 1:48 before coming in and giving Lowndes a turn. Lowndes' laps made him the first Australian to ever take an F1 car around Bathurst, beating Australian F1 superstar Mark Webber to the punch. Lowndes' best lap was a 1:49.

Click past the jump to see a video of Lowdes and Button's F1 laps, and some hot laps from Lowndes' Holden Commodore supercar.

[Source: YouTube via V8Supercars]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great to see an almost current F1 run at Bathurst finally but there are plenty of reasons why there'll never be a race there:
      Location, location, location - Its 200km from Sydney meaning its a long way from an airport capable of handling the 6 747s worth of freight that brings the circus to town. A logistical nightmare. There is also not enough accomodation to handle a 100k + crowd that regularly attends race day. I can't see many of the F1 crowd camping up at McPhillamy Park all weekend.
      The Track - While its great for the V8s, the videos show that its not up to F1 standard in terms of safety barriers, run off areas etc and making it comply to suit F1 would dilute the nature of the place. If Bernie continues his push for a night race there is also the cost of lighting the track. Ohh...and, as its a country area, lets not forget the kangaroos that have routinely hopped across the track.

      I love Bathurst but I'm realistic enough to know F1 doesn't belong there. Anyway I'll be off in a few hours to enjoy the race in Melbourne!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It must be James May lead Mclaren to the wrong track! James doesn't like Button.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here is the full lap with on board view. http://www.teamvodafone.com.au/multimedia/video/
      • 4 Years Ago
      hot laps from Lowndes' Holden Monaro supercar.

      Its actually NOT a Monaro, but in fact a Holden V8 Supercar with the sheet metal made to look like a Holden VE Commodore... I wouldn't say "VE Commodore BASED" car because the wheel base is some what shorter then a Commodore and it shares very little commonality with the consumer version other then headlights and front doors...

      From WIki:
      The VE Commodore was initially rejected[by whom?] from taking part in the series due to its wheelbase being longer and wider than the BF Falcon. For the model to be homologated V8 Supercar granted the Commodore a custom fabricated bodyshell into which a limited number of production bodyshell panels are incorporated. As a result, the roofline is lower than production and the rear door is shorter such that externally the rear doors, roof and rear quarters all consist of specialised custom coachwork panels.

      Incidently, the Ford competitor had a similar issue when they upgraded from the BF series to the current FG series and had to be modified accordingly.

      Its these 2 issues as well as cost saving measures, that the V8 supercars will be going over to a "Car of the future" in which the holden and ford offerings will run the same basic frame and running gear such as diffs, brakes, cooling and fuel systems and a couple other things "control" type measures. It will also mean the sport will be open to other manufacturers who have a "4 door saloon car,"

      As for the F1 around Bathurst, surely a great sight to see and if Jenson knew the track like Craig im sure there would have been more then a 1 second difference. Great to see an F1 driver driving our V8 supercars and enjoying it... He would be the second brittish man to drive Craig's car this month, the other being top gears, Jeremy clarkson..and the 3rd Brittish man to enjoy that much (James May was driven in it, but did not drive it)...
      • 4 Years Ago
      best part was the girl crying for Jenson to sign her phone at the end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Exceptional camera work at the beginning, but when it got to filming Jenson signing autographs, this guy sucked donkey balls. Ooh, look, the back of someone's head. Oh and now some semi-bald guy with a visible bald spot took off his hat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They always talk about this place on TopGear Australia, so its nice to finally see (kinda) what its all about, but the video left quite a bit to be desired.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i play that track in Toca race driver 3, it's a very very hard track.

      i i asked slightly Mad studios to built it into to Need for Speed shift II, lets wait and see.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring F1 here if Albert Park's contract falls through IMO!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's with the shaky camera? What is this cloverfield?

      On a separate note, I love watching F1 cars go around a track. Any track, all the tracks, and this one is by far no exception. Come on Laguna Seca!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know...I may be "wrong" but I prefer the sounds of the V-8 Supercars to the F1 cars. It's like Quiet Riot or Accept compared to RUSH, the F1 cars being RUSH...they make beautiful music, but they get kinda annoying in the higher register. I can listen to the others all day. Go back 40 years though...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJiZa6nhsU4
      • 4 Years Ago
      no way mate, bring it to goldie and make another monaco
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