Skippy interrupts race | Parade

SNAPSHOT: This Supercars fan was extra excited for this year's Bathurst 1000 on Sunday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH
SNAPSHOT: This Supercars fan was extra excited for this year's Bathurst 1000 on Sunday. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Dark clouds and rainfall rarely threaten Mount Panorama throughout Race Week but it wasn’t until before the start of this year’s Bathurst 1000 that serious rain began to fall. 

In the opening 30 laps, there were bumps, nicks and several cars losing time, after missing vital turns.

Yet somehow 75 laps in and there was not a single safety car deployed. 

Come lap 76, Alexandre Permat pulled up on the side of the road and soon after he and championship-leader teammate Scott McLaughlin pulled out of the race. 

But only 12 laps later the safety car was out was again but for a quite peculiar reason.

A kangaroo was spotted on the track and, in order to prevent a potentially messy situation, the safety car was back out again.

It what was a race dominated by rain, Skippy did his best to divert the attention to himself. 

Much needed rain appreciated 

Keeping on the subject of rain, Bathurst was treated to a much needed dosing of rain.

Much of Bathurst’s grass has lacked green and the rain has come at a perfect time to try and help the region to be looking good, as spring continues.

The rain will also be appreciated by the region’s farmers, who have not seen consistent rainfall for months.

Showers have been forecast for both Wednesday and Thursday. 

New football season kicks-off

If you’re searching for another football competition to obsess over, take note. 

The A-League season kicked-off on Friday night, between Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar. 

Australia’s premier soccer competition runs each summer, from October to May, so it does not conflict with AFL and NRL.

While the season is only one round old, Roy O’Donovan has provided the first major highlight. 

The Irishman scored a first-half hat-trick for Newcastle Jets on Saturday afternoon, in his homecoming match against his former club – the Central Coast Mariners.