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Paul Mor­ris’s vic­tory in the sec­ond run­ning of the Bathurst 6 Hour en­durance race means his name is etched in the his­tory books as the first driver to com­plete the ‘triple crown’ at the iconic track. His win with Luke Searle in a BMW M135i pro­duc­tion car over the Easter week­end fol­lows ear­lier vic­to­ries in the 1000 (2014) and 12 Hour (2007, 2010). Ap­pro­pri­ately, Mor­ris fin­ished the 6 Hour ahead of the Su­per­cars ace he part­nered to his big­gest ca­reer vic­tory three years ago, Chaz Mostert. The PRA star drove a Ford Fo­cus RS with Nathan Mor­com. Mor­ris said win­ning each of the mod­ern day Bathurst en­duros “was in the back of my mind. It was a pretty cool feel­ing to be able to do that. “To do it with Luke is re­ally cool. I’ve been friends with their fam­ily a long time and I rate him as prob­a­bly one of the best driv­ers Aus­tralia’s had – but he’s just slipped through the net. You could put in a GT car or any car and he just goes. He was the right man to have at the end of the race.” The win­ners com­pleted 113 laps, while the race fea­tured 11 safety car in­ter­rup­tions fol­low­ing an­other bruis­ing day on the Moun­tain. The race set a record for a Bathurst en­duro, with 64 cars com­ing un­der starters or­ders.

The pointy end of the Her­itage Tour­ing Cars field at Bathurst’s 2017 Easter meet­ing had a dis­tinct 1990 feel to it. Ex­cept this time a Shell Sierra fin­ished ahead of the strong­est VL ‘Walkin­shaw’ Com­modore on track. Chris Still­well’s #18 Sierra – John­son and Bowe’s ride in the 1990 Tooheys 1000 when it was #17 – won all three HTC races at the Bathurst 6-Hour meet­ing from David Holc’s GIO VL Com­modore. David Towe’s ex-JPS Team BMW M3 was third in all three sprints. Carey McMahon’s B&H-liv­er­ied Sierra was the pace­set­ter in qual­i­fy­ing be­fore it suc­cumbed to me­chan­i­cal woes in race one. The Group C divi­sion was dom­i­nated by Mil­ton Se­feris’s ex-Peter Jan­son Cad­bury-Sch­weppes Com­modore. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more...

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