Whincup edges out Reynolds for Bathurst 1000 win

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Bathurst win up there amongst the best.

Jamie Whincup immortalised himself as one of the great Bathurst drivers after crossing the line 3/100’s of a second ahead of young gun David Reynolds to claim the 50th running of the Great Race. Although he had won it three times previously with team mate Craig Lowndes he had never driven across the line. This was his first and no doubt will not be his last. Whincup said, “Our drivers window blew out, we blew a tyre and don’t under estimate the last 20 laps....I kept the car on the kerbs saving the rear tyre. This race is life changing....I wish my Dad could have been here”.

David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing
David Reynolds, The Bottle-O Racing

Photo by: John Maricic

Reynolds had two opportunities to claim his first win, James Courtney put an end to that when he passed the Ford driver and Reynolds backed off with the chequered flag in sight, not wanting to put Whincup into the sand trap as the two entered the last corner. For Reynolds it was his first podium and one he will long remember as the 207,000 crowd were on their feet, each yelling for their respective heroes.

Lowndes’ effort shouldn’t be forgotten, he and co-driver Warren Luff spent most of the day just inside the top ten but when it mattered most Lowndes dug deep to pick off Jonathon Webb, Michael Caruso and James Courtney to finish 3rd. If hadn’t had to queue behind Whincup in the pits during the safety car periods and the race had gone another half a dozen laps Lowndes may well have been holding the silverware for a 6th time. Bathurst is the race he lives for throughout the year.

Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford leads start of race
Will Davison, Trading Post FPR Ford leads start of race

Photo by: John Maricic

Apart from the excitement there was plenty of disappointment for some of the big name teams. Nick Percat hit the wall at the top of the mountain putting the Holden Racing Team out of contention. On Lap 55 Steve Owen put the VIP Petfoods Ford into the tyre barrier at the end of Mountain Straight after having just left the pits and failing to pump his brakes.

Will Davison after claiming yesterday’s pole position wished he could have been handed the trophy at the same time. Team mate John McIntyre spun at the end of pit straight costing his 15 spots and Davison copped a drive through penalty for not leaving the car in neutral whilst it was on the air jacks. To make matters worse he smacked the wall after exiting the Chase and limped back to the pits.

Story by: John Maricic

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