DAVID Reynolds and his co-driver Luke Youlden have driven Holden to victory and claimed the cup in this year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in an epic wet-and-wild race on Mount Panorama.
More than 56,000 people flocked through the gates to watch the ‘Great Race’ on what was an action-packed Sunday.
A total of 205,693 screaming supercar fans descended on the mountain over the four-day event, just shy of the record 207,205 people who attended the 50th-anniversary event in 2012.
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“This event just gets better each year,” Supercars CEO James Warburton said.
“It is the biggest event in New South Wales and one of the largest in the country every year. And later this year we will finish our season with our very first race in Newcastle which will be massive.”
The greats of Bathurst were honoured on the grid following their induction into the newly established ‘Legend’s Lane’ which next year will be a permanent tribute at the circuit.
The late Peter Brock, Jim Richards, Allan Moffat, Dick Johnson, John Goss, John Bowe, Allan Grice, Fred Gibson, Colin Bond, Kevin Bartlett, John Harvey and Bob Morris were the first to be inducted into Legend’s Lane.
Australian singer Delta Goodrem wowed the crowd, opening the main race with a stunning rendition of the national anthem, to which she received a standing ovation.
“Delta was amazing, such a great way to start the race,” Supercars CEO James Warburton.
“The atmosphere was electric and despite the rain early in the race the crowd loved the way the best touring car drivers in the world tackled the tricky conditions.”
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian was just one of the many personalities on the grid for the main event.
Other famous faces in the crowd included American auto designer Chip Foose, American racing legend Michael Andretti, former Indy 500 winner Jeff Ward, Aussie motocross champion Chad Reed and rally Champion Molly Taylor.
Cricketer Michael Slater and Troy Cassar-Daly were also present.
The Supercars Championship moves to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 (Oct 20-22) in a fortnight followed by the ITM Auckland SuperSprint (Nov 3-5) and finishing at the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 (Nov 24-26).