The recently run Bathurst 1000 was won by David Reynolds. Fabian Coulthard leads the series.
Reynolds races for Holden. Coulthard moved into the lead in the Supercars championship. He finished third in the Bathurst. But fellow New Zealanders Shane van Gisbergen and Scott McLaughlin had less fortune.
Van Gisbergen had a chance to win the race in the latter stages when it seemed as though the race was his for the taking. McLaughlin failed to make it to the line, as his car had an engine failure midway through the race.
It was a tough day of racing at Mount Panorama. There was a mixture of rainy and dry periods that made car setup problematic. The result was continuous accidents as drivers tried to negotiate dry track in their rain tyres and vice-a-versa.
On balance, it was surprising that there were not more crashes than there were. The race got through 144 laps before anyone crashed into one to the concrete safety barrier surrounding the course.
The race featured all manner of drama.
At one point, a rock was detected on the course, not simply the type of rock that threatens a chipped windscreen, but the type of rock that could spell disaster.
Then, Skippy the kangaroo decided to make an appearance.
With all that behind, James Moffat earned the distinction of first to hit the wall with just 17 laps remaining.
Those last 17 laps got pretty interesting. Leading the race, van Gisbergen went off the track, but managed to get back on and battle for second before he punctured a rear tyre. He got back on the track with no hope of winning, but managed to finish fifth.
Mark Winterbottom crashed at Forrest’s Elbow, hitting the wall and careening helplessly across the track, colliding with a tyre bundle. Miraculously, he got back on the track on the final lap, a recovery that prevented the Bathurst 1000 from finishing under safety car supervision.