2013 Bathurst 1000: Ten Race-changing Moments
As with any Bathurst 1000, there was the usual dramas and delights. We've picked ten of the best stories and important moments in the fastest ever Bathurst 1000.
1.Fuel Fail One.
Chaz Mostert started his rebuilt number 17 from the pits. After completing the formation lap, both the 17 and 46 Erebus peeled back into pitlane for a fuel top up before waiting for the field to pass.
The DJR team failed to jack the car up off the ground, incurring a drive through penalty. (The cars need to be off the deck while fuelling, partly to earth the car and rid it of static electricity, and partly to stop cars driving off with the fuel and rattle guns attached.)
2. Kangaroo on Lap 21
The number 7 Nissan of Drew Russell and Todd Kelly clobbered a kangaroo on the mountain, tearing off the front right guard and destroying the front suspension and steering.
This brought out the safety car; David Reynolds was already past the pit entry, but Paul Dumbrell in Whincup's Red Bull did not, effectively handing the eventual second placers a free pit stop.
3. Paul Morris/Scott Pye
Another veteran of the Great Race, Paul Morris, put in a stellar performance alongside Scott Pye to finish sixth.
Morris is no stranger to a bit of on-track (as well as off-track) biffo, but both steered the car cleanly through the 1000km with barely a scratch.
There was a huge element of jeopardy with the number 80 entry - the car had no spare sparts, as there just wasn't the budget.
Morris mentored Pye through the weekend, telling the young charger, "Come here and do exactly as I say and I will guarantee you will finish in the top 10."
They duly did.
4. That Fuel Leak.
Alex Premat and Greg Ritter's car sprung a leak after its second-last scheduled stop and was black-flagged, with fuel pouring out of the fuel hose attachment.
Both had been running well, despite being part-time drivers. The car was in the pits for several laps.
5. Dumbrell's Drive
Paul Dumbrell only drives twice a year, but put in an impressive performance. Although having left full-time race driving to run the family Autobarn business, he nevertheless finished his first stint with a spectacular thirteen-second lead and put Whincup in a race-winning position.
6. The Ekstrom/Priaulx Effect
The XBOX ONE wildcard crew of Ekstrom and Priaulx was the talk of the race.
Swedish driver Mathias Ekstrom's first time on the Mountain confirmed him as an enormously talented driver, as though he needed to prove that.
Ekstrom has won the DTM championship twice and has twice beaten Michael Schumacher on his way to Race of Champions victories.
Partnered with three time WTCC champion Andy Priaulx, the car may not have seen a lot of time at the pointy end, but the international drivers put on a masterclass of adaptable driving.
Amusingly, Ekstrom claimed to have learned the track by watching previous races.
7. Beware of Drivers With Straw Hats
Ash Walsh, at the wheel of Tim Blanchard's number 12 Ford got a broad-brimmed straw hat stuck to the front splitter. It was a drama because it was blocking the brake ducts, sparking worries that the low fashion millinery would cause overheating.
In the end it didn't, but it underscored the difficulty of racing - and spectating - in the windy conditions.
8. Greg Murphy's Crash
Greg Murphy lost car 22 in the marbles at Reid Park. He slid wide at 175km/h and slammed hard into the wall, tearing the front left off the car and turning the HRT Commodore into a banana.
Murphy immediately apologised to his team, claiming it was a rookie mistake. His teammate James Courtney took it pretty well, however. As it turned out, it was unlikely they could have won, but both drivers were very strong.
This brought out a safety car
9. Tander's Pass on Bright, Lowndes' Pass on Both of Them
Jason Bright had driven beautifully to get to third place. Despite holding up Lowndes and Tander, his pace was good and neither Winterbottom or Whincup were pulling away. His problem was, Tander wanted to win Bathurst and Lowndes did too.
Bright was unhappy when pushed wide by Tander's opportunistic pass but Lowndes' experience humiliated them both as he shouldered past and took Bright's third place.
10. Whincup's Final Roll of the Dice
Jamie Whincup and Mark Winterbottom are hardly mates, so there was no chance Whincup would allow Frosty his maiden Bathurst win, at least not without a fight. Winterbottom withstood twenty laps of intense pressure from the best V8 Supercar driver ever to take the wheel.
Whincup had tried to pass a number of times and knew his last chance would be turn two on the last lap. Winterbottom knew it too, and placed his Falcon in the middle of the road on the way up the hill.
Whincup attempted to go around the outside but Winterbottom held his line and the Red Bull ended up on the marbles. This bought the FPR driver a margin of a few more tenths and he was able to complete the final lap to triumph without flashing blue headlights in his mirrors.