Holden’s David Reynolds and co-driver Luke Youlden are still on a high, after a triumphant Bathurst 1000 win. The duo produced a giant-killing performance to beat out powerhouse teams and claim victory in wet and wild conditions.

Elise Donaldson reports.


Kings of the mountain, David Reynolds and Luke Youlden, woke this morning still in shock over their maiden Bathurst win at Mt Panorama yesterday.

David Reynolds, Bathurst 1000 winner: “I went to bed last night and I was having a really, really good dream, and I woke up and I was still the champion. So I couldn’t believe it.”

Luke Youlden, Bathurst 1000 winner: “I use to get up pretty damn early with Dad there and just watch the whole day and just dream one day I’d stand on the top of that podium, and to finally do it, still hasn’t sunk in.”

The two got their hands on the Peter Brock Trophy after finishing almost four seconds ahead of fellow Holden driver Scott Pye in a seven-hour battle.

The team persisted through difficult conditions, which saw star drivers fall away, including pre-race favourite Scott McLaughlin who was forced to retire.

It was a sweet victory for owner Betty Klimenko after a horror last season.

Reynolds thanked Youlden, his crew and “baby Jesus” from a podium met by thousands of rain-soaked Holden supporters.

The 32-year-old was determined not to match his previous best result of second place five years ago.

David Reynolds, Bathurst 1000 winner: “Plenty of disappointments at this place, but it kind of all makes up for it.”

Reynolds is now in sixth place in the driver’s season standings.

Elise Donaldson, QUT News.