Bathurst: Skaife/Richards triumph

Mark Skaife and Jim Richards triumphed in the prestigious Bathurst 1000, leading home a Holden Racing Team one-two -three.

Bathurst: Skaife/Richards triumph

Steven Richards and Russell Ingall finished second after Skaife relieved Richards of the lead with 15 laps remaining. However, Skaife only just made the finish with serious overheating problems caused by the cooling ducts on his Holden Commodore becoming blocked by plastic bags.

Richards and Ingall struggled with pace throughout the race, but a storming drive in the middle stages by Ingall kept them in contention for victory.

Jason Bright and Tomas Mezera completed the podium, with six-times winer Larry Perkins and Konica V8 Series Champion Paul Dumbrell in fifth place.

Former BTCC champion John Cleland finished 19th in his Ford Falcon, with current BTCC racers Andy Priaulx and Yvan Muller retiring with 40 laps to go after a strong showing.

Nine-times winner Brock, making a farewell appearance in the race he made his own struggled home with mechanical problems.



Skaife/Richards Holden VX Holden Racing 6h58m41.0260s
Richards/Ingall Holden VX Castrol Perkins 6h58m43.9632s
Bright/Merzera Holden VX Holden Racing 6m58m48.9714s
Kelly/Pretty Holden VX Holden Racing 6h58m53.7776s
Perkins/Dumbrell Holden VX Castrol Perkins 6h59m01.2051s
Longhurst/White Ford AU Betta Electrical 6h59m06.5671s
Ritter/Jones Ford AU Shell Helix Racing 6h59m32.5353s
McLean/Scott Ford AU VIP Pet Foods 6h59m36.7751s
Ellery/Youlden Ford AU Super Cheap Autos 160 laps
Faulkner/Bates Holden VX Dynapack/Gardner 160 laps

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