BEST BATHURST 1000 MOMENTS OF THE PAST DECADE
Arguably the greatest – and strangest – Great Race of all time. Chaz Mostert and co-driver Paul Morris started dead last and by lap 45 had their Ford lodged in a tyre barrier at Mount Panorama’s worn-down turn two. But 10 safety cars, 13 pitstops and a one-hour suspension of the race to repair the road damage helped push them up the field and on the final lap overtook Jamie Whincup who ran out of fuel with a kilometre to go for the victory. The almost eight-hour epic was the longest in Bathurst 1000 history.
The stars aligned for Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup to win the inaugural Peter Brock Trophy, one month to the day after the racing legend’s death. It was a result fitting of the occasion, with Brock a mentor of Lowndes. It came 10 years after the fan favourite’s first Bathurst win.
Garth Tander and his rookie co-driver Nick Percat still hold the record for the closest competitive finish of all time. After Percat recovered from a mid-race collision, Tander survived a late charge from defending champions Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife to win his third Bathurst title by 0.29 seconds.
After a decade of attempts, Mark Winterbottom broke through for his – and Ford Performance Racing’s – first Bathurst victory alongside proven winner Steven Richards. And it couldn’t have played out better, with the man known as ‘Frosty’ beating out long-time nemesis Jamie Whincup in another final lap showdown.
It was all about the mighty Red Lion in 2010. Lowndes and Mark Skaife led home the Holden of Triple Eight teammate Jamie Whincup and his co-driver Steve Owen for the first one-two finish since 1984. Lowndes drove an incredible 79-lap stint to the flag after Skaife re-injured his back. It was Skaife’s sixth and last win at Mount Panorama.