Misfortune has already struck four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Jamie Whincup at Mount Panorama on Sunday.
Not that the pole sitter was complaining too much.
In fact, Holden’s Whincup could only see the funny side when he took part in a parade honouring motorsport great Peter Brock on Sunday…and his car broke down.
Sunday’s Great Race is honouring the 10th anniversary of record nine-time winner Brock’s death.
Before the race, Whincup was one of the Bathurst winners of the past decade given the honour of driving some of Brock’s most famous cars around the track.
It was a moving parade – it’s just that Whincup wasn’t moving for long.
He was all smiles behind the wheel of Brock’s 1969 Monaro.
Unfortunately, it didn’t make it to the summit of the mountain Brock had conquered so many times, stopping before The Cutting.
He could be seen laughing as fellow Bathurst winner Mark Skaife gave him a cheeky wave as he passed in Brock’s winning 1975 Torana.
Whincup didn’t get back in time for the pre-race track ceremony honouring the drivers who had received the winners’ Peter Brock Trophy that was first handed out 10 years ago.
“It’s a great opportunity to be able to drive one of Peter’s cars, it’s a massive day already and that (parade) is going to add to the day,” Whincup said.
“It’s the biggest race of the year, the 10th anniversary of the great man we all owe so much to in the sport.”
Brock’s protege, Holden driver Craig Lowndes, was the most emotional after driving his mentor’s 1972 Torana – the car that notched Bathurst win No.1 for the late great.
Six-time Great Race winner Lowndes drove the same car at Bathurst 10 years ago as a tribute, one month after Brock’s death.
“It brought back a lot of memories, especially going across the top of the mountain,” Lowndes said.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a Ford or Holden lover, going across there today the crowd was standing and cheering and it was an amazing feeling.”
The tributes kept flowing for Brock with the packed crowd providing a standing ovation on lap five of the Bathurst 1000, honouring his famous 05 racing number.
Brock’s brother Phil will present the winner’s trophy named after the motorsport great.
He also presented the inaugural Peter Brock Trophy in 2006.
“To me handing over the trophy is like Peter saying ‘well done’,” Phil Brock said.