More drama and fallout from the Bathurst 1000 today.
The Red Bull racing boss says Jamie Whincup ignored team orders to conserve fuel late in yesterday’s race.
That, cost them victory when the car ran out of fuel.
Eric Thorpe reports
It’s Australia’s most prestigious race.
But the call of being crowned King of the Mountain inspires some drivers to take big chances.
Jamie Whincup, Red Bull: “I had two options, to back it right off and run second or risk it all and go for the win.”
After starting the race at the back of the grid Jamie Whincup produced one of the great all time drives.
Eventually taking the lead late in the day.
But the four time Bathurst champ was pipped in the final lap by young gun Chaz Mostert after running out of fuel.
Chaz Mostert, Bathurst Winner: “There’s only one lap you need to be in front and it’s the last lap, unbelievable.”
It capped off one of the most dramatic days on the Mountain in recent memory.
For only the third time in its history the race was suspended for track repairs.
Crashes were a regular feature with the safety car deployed ten times during the tough endurance race.
Mostert and co-driver Paul Morris produced one of the greatest comebacks in the race’s history after starting last on the grid.
Chaz Mostert, Bathurst Winner: “I knew we had the fuel to run hard to the end, so yeah. I thought I would just give it a red hot crack go and if we got there we got there and yeah. I don’t know how we pulled it off.”
It’s only the second time triple-eight racing has missed the podium at Bathurst.
Eric Thorpe, QUT News.