SCOTT AND ALEX WIN BATHURST!Ben Nightingale
BATHURST 1000 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 – RACE
Fabian Coulthard & Tony D’Alberto – No. 12 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Warm-Up – 1st (Fastest Lap: 2m04.9307s)
Race 25 (Bathurst 1000) – 6th (Fastest Lap: 2m05.7808s)
Scott McLaughlin & Alex Prémat – No. 17 Shell V-Power Racing Ford
Warm-Up – 2nd (Fastest Lap: 2m05.1262s)
Race 25 (Bathurst 1000) – 1st (Fastest Lap: 2m05.2946s)
RECAP: Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat have won the Bathurst 1000 in spectacular circumstances, with a final lap dash saw McLaughlin hold off a charging Shane van Gisbergen to take their first win at Mount Panorama.
It was a race of attrition, with five cars crashing out and plenty of mishaps across the 161 laps.
McLaughlin and Premat were amongst the fastest cars all day long, spending the majority of the race at or near the front of the pack.
The last 30 laps of the race became a fuel strategy game, with the front runners all saving fuel in order to make it to the flag. McLaughlin and Premat came out on top in a game of cat and mouse with the two Triple Eight Commodores.
The Car 12 crew of Fabian Coulthard and Tony D’Alberto were also fast all day after starting from 16th on the grid.
They were in the running for a very strong race result, before double stacking and then a major engine overheating issue put paid to their chances.
Scott McLaughlin now leads the Championship by 633 points over Shane van Gisbergen, with Fabian Coulthard back up into third place.
Shell V-Power Racing Team leads the Teams’ points by 843 over Triple Eight.
COULTHARD QUOTE: “I
have always said that the mountain chooses you, and today it did not choose
Tony and I. We had a fast car, and were going really well until we had to
double stack late in the race. To top it off, we started having engine overheating
problems so had to back right off at the end and accept a solid Top 10. Congrats
to Scotty and Alex on the victory. It was cool to be with the team under the
podium. Tony and I will look forward to Gold Coast now.”
MCLAUGHLIN QUOTE: “I can’t believe I won the bloody Bathurst 1000! We had such a good car all week, I put so much pressure on myself, our whole team put so much pressure on themselves to make this a good one. I’m so proud of everyone. We made a bloody good car. I’ve dreamt about this, standing on that roof.”
D’ALBERTO QUOTE: “Today was not our day. We had such
great pace, didn’t make any errors but we got struck down with an engine
problem and had to take it easy. We know this is a good car, and a good combo
so we’ll be strong on the Gold Coast.”
PRÉMAT QUOTE: “That was so stressful, that was insane. We were gambling on the fuel, and it paid off. That was crazy. I am so happy to win this race. It’s magic. I’m the first Frenchman to win Bathurst, and it is amazing. Thank you so much to this team and to Scott. What a team, and what a driver. So great to be a part of this. I will remember this forever.”