TOP 50: 21st-50th ATCC/V8 drivers revealed

Sandown organisers have painted a special 'Celebrating 50 years' stripe down pit-lane at the Melbourne circuit

Sandown organisers have painted a special 'Celebrating 50 years' stripe down pit-lane at the Melbourne circuit

The first part of V8 Supercars top 50 Australian Touring Car drivers of all-time have been revealed.

In today’s Courier Mail, 21st to 50th place was unveiled, with a number of current and past stars making up the back half of an impressive field.

In tomorrow’s News Limited papers, 11th to 20th will be revealed, with the top 10 – including the top driver voted by a panel of experts – will be announced tomorrow evening at Sandown Raceway.

Some of the surprise inclusions in today’s announcement include Larry Perkins. While Perkins has never won an Australian Touring car Championship, his six Bathurst 1000s might have warranted him a place in the top 20.

V8 Supercars legend Larry Perkins

V8 Supercars legend Larry Perkins

A number of modern day drivers fill places 23rd to 26th – Rick Kelly, Steven Richards, James Courtney and Todd Kelly.

Rick Kelly said that it was an honour to be included on the list.

“You don’t often sit back and think about how long you have been racing in the category or even where the current day drivers rank against some of the greats of the sport that came before us,” he said.

“It’s a real buzz to be on that list and I’m really looking forward to seeing the top 10. There are so many drivers who have achieved a great deal in Australian touring car racing and it’s great to acknowledge them.”

This weekend’s V8 Supercars event is celebrating 50 years of the Australian Touring Car Championship, with a host of special parades, displays and special guests.

See below for a list of the 21st to 50th on the all-time list …

50. Jim McKeown
49. Paul Morris
48. David McKay
47. John French
46. Peter Manton
45. Robbie Francevic
44. Win Percy
43. Fred Gibson
42. Barry Seton
41. Jason Bargwanna
40. Paul Radisich
39. Murray Carter
38. Wayne Gardner
37. Mark Winterbottom
36. George Fury
35. Bob Holden
34. Tomas Mezera
33. Brad Jones
32. Alan Jones
31. John Harvey
30. Jason Bright
29. Harry Firth
28. Bruce McPhee
27. Tony Longhurst
26. Todd Kelly
25. James Courtney
24. Steven Richards
23. Rick Kelly
22. Larry Perkins
21. Kevin Bartlett

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