Mountain is still the king
THE Bathurst 1000 lived up to its reputation as The Great Race on Sunday. Something was happening from the first lap almost to the last, from the time Garth Tander stalled on the grid to when James Courtney snatched third place on the run to the flag.
It would have been great to see Greg Murphy racing without steering damage to his Commodore, and Courtney could have been a contender without tyre troubles. But the right team and the right drivers won.
As motorsport expert Stephen Ottley says: ‘‘The performance of Triple Eight was genuinely faultless. If you wanted to write a textbook on how to win Bathurst, that was the way.’’
Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup were clearly best of the best at Bathurst, in speed and tactics, and Team Vodafone boss Roland Dane got it right at the flag when he called his drivers ‘‘legends’’. Still, it was sad to see Paul Weel and Paul Radisich taken to hospital in the run-up to the race.
Weel’s hard-working crew was devastated by the crash and he was lucky it was not far worse. As for Radisich, the giant prang at the top of the mountain has left him with broken ankles and ribs, almost a repeat of the damage he suffered in a similar crash several years ago.
Radisich did brilliantly to bounce back from the first crash to become one of the best Bath- urst co-drivers in the business, but the latest hit has probably ended his career.
Radisich is a nice bloke who will be sorely missed.
Dynamic duo: Triple Eight’s Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup drove the perfect race at Bathurst.