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Bathurst weekend a ratings smash hit for TEN & Fox Sports

Ratings, SportKevin Perry

Will Davison and Jonathon Webb
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Will Davison is the new King of the Mountain after claiming a dramatic victory at the 2016 Bathurst 1000.

Davison held off championship leader Shane Van Gisbergen in a nail-biting final lap to take his second victory at Mount Panorama. Holden’s Nick Percat finished third.

Volvo driver Scott McLaughlin and Holden’s Garth Tander had their Bathurst dreams crushed after both were knocked out of the race in the closing laps, following an incident with race leader Jamie Whincup.

Whincup, who was unscathed in the incident, was handed a 15-second time penalty relegating him to 11th position following the completion of the race.

The event was a big hit with viewers achieving a National average audience of 2.2 Million (metro 1.37 Mil) for the closing stages of the race on TEN and WIN networks.

The free-to-air audience peaked during the final laps of the race with 2.41 Million viewers Nationally. 

A national average audience of 1.6 Million (metro 1.003 Mil) watch the event throughout the day.

An additional 342,000 viewers watched the race on Fox Sports dedicated channel.

The thrilling finish at Mount Panorama capped off a great weekend of racing and drama at one of Australia’s biggest sporting events.

However Ten failed to hold its big audience for the premiere of a mini-series based on the life of Peter Brock.

Part one of the heavily promoted drama achieved a national average audience of 1.3 Million (metro 828k).

On the 10th anniversary of Peter Brock’s death, fans around the circuit gave him a standing ovation on lap five of the race. His brother Phil presented the winners’ trophy, named in Peter’s honour, to Davison and co-driver Jonathon Webb.

TEN Sport’s Matt White said: “The atmosphere was electric at Mount Panorama this weekend and we are thrilled that the race also resonated with so many Australians watching TEN at home.

“The Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is one of the biggest sporting events in the country. To see Will Davison and Jonathon Webb claim the Peter Brock trophy was a thrilling end to a spectacular weekend of racing.”