Reynolds/Youlden claim dramatic Bathurst victory

David Reynolds takes the flag at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

David Reynolds and Luke Youlden have overcome treacherous wet conditions and late Safety Car drama to take victory in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Reynolds held his nerve as a Safety Car, caused by Nissan’s Simona de Silvestro when she found the start/finish straight wall on lap 153, provided a grandstand finish as light rain fell on a damp but drying track at Mount Panorama.

The Erebus Motorsport driver had built up a four second margin before the stoppage, having passed Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat for the lead, when the race resumed after a previous Safety Car period with 17 laps remaining.

Reynolds pulled away from the Mobil 1 HSV Racing Holden of Scott Pye and Warren Luff when the race resumed with seven laps to go to take the chequered flag by 3.8s.

The victory was a maiden Bathurst triumph for Reynolds and Youlden, who had been podium contenders throughout, having led in the opening two hours in desperately wet conditions.

Reynolds emerged in victory contention when the slick shod Shane Van Gisbergen (Red Bull Holden) and Garth Tander (Garry Rogers Motorsport) ran wide at Murray’s Corner on the penultimate restart, which left him in second position.

“I got nothing left to give, I am absolutely spent. This bloke (Youlden) drove unbelievably all day, my crew was faultless, man it was just a perfect day, it was so good,” said Reynolds.

Likewise, Pye and Luff starred throughout, aided by a sensational opening stint by Luff who climbed from 20th to fourth early on.

The podium was completed by Shell V-Power Racing’s Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto after Brad Jones Racing’s Nick Percat threw away a podium by running wide at The Chase in the final laps.

Coulthard now leads the championship by 91 points.

As a result of the late drama both Erebus Motorsport cars finished inside the top four as Dale Wood brought the #99 Commodore he shared with Chris Pither home in fourth.

Prodrive’s Mark Winterbottom was among those to benefit from succession of late Safety Cars to occupy fifth, but a mistake saw him find the wall on the penultimate lap at Forrest’s Elbow.

Van Gisbergen inherited fifth after an eventful final laps that saw him recover to third from his earlier mistake while in the lead on the restart, before sailing off again at The Chase.

The feat was made even more impressive considering the #97  powered back from going a lap down earlier in the race.

Nissan Motorsport’s Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore came home in sixth ahead of team-mates Todd Kelly and Jack Le Brocq.

A impressive run throughout saw Jason Bright and Garry Jacobson were eighth, while substitute driver Andre Heimgartner brought the #14 Freightliner Racing Holden in ninth.

Heimgartner took over from Tim Slade, who was forced to duck out of the race after suffering from dehydration.

The top 10 was completed by Prodrive’s Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen. The Supercheap Auto car had to pit from second late on during the penultimate Safety Car having led deep into the race.

He was then caught up in a tangle with Garth Tander and Cameron Waters (#6 Prodrive), who appeared among the contenders for the victory at Turn 1 on lap 145.

It proved to be an eventful day in the title race as championship leader Scott McLaughlin retired on lap 75 when his #17 Shell V-Power Ford Falcon suffered an engine failure with co-driver Alex Premat at the wheel.

McLaughlin had held an 84 point lead over Jamie Whincup, who also encountered mechanical trouble.

The car had been on the fringes of the Top 10 as Paul Dumbrell battled poor visibility in the car before it dropped a cylinder.

Whincup returned to the garage on lap 121 and rejoined the race late on to claim points as a classified finisher in 20th despite being 37 laps down.

The Preston Hire Racing entry of Lee Holdsworth and Karl Reindler retired with a engine sensor issue.

Moffat joined the list of retirements having run as a high as third along with Winterbottom and Percat.

Race results: Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

1 Erebus Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/L.Youlden Holden Commodore VF 161 7:11:45.5456
2 Mobil 1 HSV Racing S.Pye/W.Luff Holden Commodore VF 161 7:11:49.4451
3 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Falcon FG/X 161 7:11:50.1369
4 Erebus GB Galvanizing Racing D.Wood/C.Pither Holden Commodore VF 161 7:11:51.8906
5 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust S.Van Gisbergen/M.Campbell Holden Commodore VF 161 7:11:56.1716
6 Nissan Motorsport M.Caruso/D.Fiore Nissan Altima 161 7:11:59.2330
7 carsales Racing T.Kelly/J.Le Brocq Nissan Altima 161 7:12:09.8460
8 MEGA Racing J.Bright/G.Jacobson Ford Falcon FG/X 161 7:12:13.7103
9 Freightliner Racing T.Slade/A.Heimgartner Holden Commodore VF 161 7:12:15.1732
10 Supercheap Auto Racing C.Mostert/S.Owen Ford Falcon FG/X 161 7:12:44.8516
11 TeamVortex C.Lowndes/S.Richards Holden Commodore VF 160 7:12:14.4462
12 Team CoolDrive T.Blanchard/T.Hazelwood Holden Commodore VF 160 7:12:28.5313
13 Sengled Racing R.Kelly/D.Wall Nissan Altima 159 7:12:14.9931
14 TEKNO Woodstock Racing W.Davison/J.Webb Holden Commodore VF 159 7:12:15.7572
15 Repair Management Aust Racing A.Rullo/A.Davison Holden Commodore VF 159 7:12:29.6327
16 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/R.Stanaway Ford Falcon FG/X 159 7:13:01.6252
17 Plus Fitness Racing A.Russell/T.Douglas Holden Commodore VF 154 7:12:53.0439
18 Wilson Security Racing GRM G.Tander/J.Golding Holden Commodore VF 152 7:13:20.1765
19 Mobil 1 HSV Racing J.Courtney/J.Perkins Holden Commodore VF 147 7:12:30.3798
20 Red Bull Holden Racing Aust J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell Holden Commodore VF 124 7:13:27.8542
DNF Brad Jones Racing N.Percat/M.Jones Holden Commodore VF 160 7:10:54.4454
DNF The Bottle-O Racing Team M.Winterbottom/D.Canto Ford Falcon FG/X 159 7:07:38.7875
DNF Team Harvey Norman S.De Silvestro/D.Russell Nissan Altima 152 6:47:49.2814
DNF Wilson Security Racing GRM J.Moffat/R.Muscat Holden Commodore VF 141 6:18:31.3134
DNF Preston Hire Racing L.Holdsworth/K.Reindler Holden Commodore VF 76 3:25:41.3782
DNF Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/A.Premat Ford Falcon FG/X 74 3:19:46.6817


Pos Driver Points
1 Fabian Coulthard 2431
2 Jamie Whincup 2340
3 Scott McLaughlin 2334
4 Chaz Mostert 2208
5 Shane Van Gisbergen 2142
6 David Reynolds 1803
7 Craig Lowndes 1734
8 Garth Tander 1710
9 Cameron Waters 1678
10 Mark Winterbottom 1671
11 Scott Pye 1366
12 Michael Caruso 1305
13 Rick Kelly 1284
14 Tim Slade 1281
15 Will Davison 1278
16 Lee Holdsworth 1269
17 Todd Kelly 1243
18 James Moffat 1227
19 James Courtney 1155
20 Jason Bright 1143
21 Nick Percat 1095
22 Tim Blanchard 966
23 Dale Wood 945
24 Simona De Silvestro 834
25 Alex Rullo 558
26 James Golding 504
27 Tony D’Alberto 480
28 Jack Le Brocq 441
29 Richie Stanaway 414
30 Steve Owen 414
31 Luke Youlden 408
32 Chris Pither 372
33 Warren Luff 360
34 Matthew Campbell 342
35 Taz Douglas 306
36 Paul Dumbrell 294
37 Dean Fiore 294
38 Steven Richards 288
39 Alexandre Premat 276
40 Garry Jacobson 276
41 Jonathon Webb 264
42 Alex Davison 261
43 David Wall 258
44 Jack Perkins 252
45 Todd Hazelwood 228
46 Macauley Jones 225
47 Richard Muscat 192
48 Karl Reindler 180
49 Aaren Russell 177
50 Dean Canto 168
51 Andre Heimgartner 168
52 Shae Davies 153
53 David Russell 102
54 Cameron McConville 81
55 Matthew Brabham 57
56 Ash Walsh 0



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