Well, the V8s do Albert park in about 2:00, and last years pole lap was 1:23.9.
Bahrain also hosts a V8 round, where the V8s lapped around the 2:05 mark in qualifying, and F1s do it around 1:34 (had to use 2009 results because of that stupid “endurance” layout in 2010).
On a GP length track, there’s about 30-40 seconds difference. Bathurst is longer, but very tricky and I doubt that they will be dialled in as much and not really committing fully – as the risk of binning it in the wall is high – so the gap will be slightly less.
I think it’s the twists and turns from Skyline, through the Esses and into the Dipper that’ll keep them honest.. That’s why I think it’ll be slower than somewhere like Albert Park, where it’s generally not as tight or undulating..
I based my time on the fact that the track will have no grip from no racing, probably damp or dusty from weather, and the fact that I’m sceptical of how an F1 would handle the undulations in the track and if a driver could ever tame even 85% of the f1′s ability on that track, just because of how frightening it may be. That 2:06.8 by lowndes was 110% effort in the Folden so I suspect at 50% which they will be driving at, they will only just achieve faster times.
But you can never predict the determination of a driver.
Haplo’s got the right idea, if only I had r-Factor and a steering wheel!