Baskerville 1000 continues to create pathways ahead of 2023 event

Friday 25 August, 2023
Image: Bruce Thomas
The Hobart Sporting Car Club will hold one of its biggest annual events this weekend when Tasmanian motor racing enthusiasts unite for the Autocraft Baskerville 1000. 

More than 100 competitors spread across 31 teams will compete at the Pepsi Max Baskerville Raceway on Sunday, where they will go head-to-head in the six-hour regularity event.  

The entry list features a diverse mix of new and experienced drivers, with the regularity format creating equal and fair competition amongst all competitors.

This year's event will also see an influx of family members competing as part of the same team, with a combination of entries coming from other motorsport disciplines, including Speedway.  

Each team will be made up of three to six eligible drivers behind the wheel of a vehicle no more than $1000 value when purchased.

One by one, drivers will attempt to match a nominated lap time decided prior to the start of the event, with points being allocated to the team who can fall within a specific window of that time.  

With a minimum lap time of 70 seconds in place, the event promotes a competitive, low cost, family orientated introduction to motorsport that brings the community together.  

This year, the event will revert back to its single day format and showcase the variety of vehicles on display in an action-packed encounter.  

Teams will also have the opportunity to get behind the wheel a day early for an optional practice session in preparation for Sunday’s main event.

Chair of the Baskerville 1000 organising committee, Bruce Thomas, couldn't wait to kick off the 16th running of the popular event.  

“The event is always fantastic, there is always a smile on everybody’s faces and it’s the one motorsport event where everybody is so happy and so involved,” Thomas said.

“There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. There are very hard-working people on the committee and the number of volunteers we have is unbelievable.  

“We are in our fifth year of competition; we started back in 2019 and the entries remain very strong which we love to see.  

“We like to create opportunities for our competitors, for example, the last Tasmanian Circuit Racing Championship round had 15 of the 25 entries as Baskerville competitors, which showcases the pathway to more competitive events we have been able to provide.

"I can't wait to get the event underway, it's always one of the highlights of the year and this year will be no different."

Not only does the event provide a solid pathway to larger motorsport events, but it also supports a new community charity each year, with this year's chosen organisation being Foodbank Australia.

The event is open to spectators, with interested attendees able to get more information on the event and how to attend here.

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