Erebus Motorsport’s David Reynolds and Luke Youlden claimed their first Bathurst 1000 victory at the end of yet another crazy race.
The plucky Holden team outlasted 25 other cars, the weather and multiple safety car periods to win their first Bathurst as a team.
The annual October event threw up its usual surprises with both Scott McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup being taken out of the running early on with engine problems.
McLaughlin’s teammate Fabian Coulthard takes over the lead of the championship with Whincup picking up enough points to gain second despite being out for a large period of the race.
The race started under wet conditions with rain falling around 10 minutes before lights out, forcing everyone to start on the wet tyres.
The first stint was dominated by Chaz Mostert after a mistake by pole sitter McLaughlin which dropped the Kiwi down to 6th.
After the first stint most cars swapped in the co drivers and the race settled down into the usual procession for the first 100 laps.
However, around 50 laps into the race, Championship leading car #17 being driven by Alex Premat lost a cylinder and was put out of the race a few laps later, putting a huge dint in McLaughlin’s championship charge.
The first safety car period began to remove the stricken Falcon and this changed the complexion of the race.
Richie Stanaway and Cam Waters spent most of the race in the lead however a change in the weather put them back in the middle of pack and in the danger zone.
Shane Van Gisbergen inherited the lead but ran off at a safety car restart putting him back, along with Garth Tander who got caught up with Chaz Mostert and Cam Waters and ruined all three of their races.
Van Gisbergen once again ran off the circuit when trying to overtake Scott Pye for second place and cost himself a potential podium and ultimately finishing fifth.
David Reynolds was joined on the podium by Pye in second and Coulthard third.
The Supercars championship resumes in two weeks at the Gold Coast 600 and final round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup.
Article by Adam Ashmore (@GeorgeAshmore_)