Home Auto BATHURST 1000 REVIEW: LAPS 45 – 63



Written by Timothy Neal

A safety car restart came on lap 45, with van Gisbergen holding on to the early lead but pitted for a pit stop with a margin of 0.9628 ahead of the top five, who also did not pit.

Moffat was an effective leader but was spun around and struggled to break through despite a high-spinning section that saw B. Kostecki effectively lead over De Pasquale, who finished almost last and took the straight in the hunt. .

The top 20 was filled with 18 Holdens for the farewell up the mountain as Feeney went off the road and lost his strong position as he skied through the mud in the Chase to return to P18.

Matt Payne drove a great car to finish 9th, but finished 5th after Holdsworth’s layoff.

Van Gisbergen split 12.6817s from B. Kosciecki as he began to close in on a six-second lap time, but complained about shifting gears on the slope in sector three.

De Pasquale moved past Mostert to take 2nd while Mostert stuck behind Fullwood who was still 2 pits away.

The #97 championship leader pitted on lap 55 for his third stop and picked up an earlier 5-second penalty with a driver change that put Thunder in 18th, about 52 seconds behind B. Kostecki, who took the overall lead with Percat pitting.

The BJR nightmare continued for the #96 after Macaulay Jones went into the mud before the pit entrance, bringing out another yellow flag on lap 58. At the same time, most cars have an advantage in the pits.

Jones returned to the No. 96 at the back and Thunder led Russell in the No. 99 Erebus, ahead of De Pasquale, Percat, Winterbottom and Everingham.

The restart came on lap 60 and Murphy touched J. Kostetsky in turn 2 and spun but was able to rejoin with a good save to retake 22nd place, giving the #56 a 15 -second penalty at turn 2 next hole.

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