Fan favourite Craig Lowndes took out his sixth V8 Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 victory yesterday , confirming his status as one of the all-time greats of the sport.
Lowndes and veteran co-driver Steven Richards, who picked up his fourth victory in the great race, drove a flawless race from 15th position on the grid to defeat Prodrive Racing’s championship leader Mark Winterbottom and Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander.
The thrilling finish at Mount Panorama capped off a great weekend of racing and drama at one of Australia’s biggest sporting events.
Network Ten’s return to the mountain saw more than 20 hours of live and free coverage hosted by the best commentary team in the business.
TEN Sport’s Matt White led the charge with former driver and team owner Mark Larkham, Nissan Motorsport V8 Supercars driver Rick Kelly, Family Feud host Grant Denyer, Mark Howard and rev-head model Kate Peck.
Rick Kelly said: “It has been a fantastic weekend working with Matt, Larko, Howie and the team at Network Ten.
“Ten are tremendous supporters of motorsport and it is great to have them back in the V8 Supercars paddock this year.
“This side of the fence has been a great experience for me and I hope I was able to provide fans with an insight into the inner workings of the Nissan Motorsport garage,” he said.
Matt White said: “The V8 Supercars Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 is one of the biggest sporting events in the country and we are delighted that so many Australians enjoyed our coverage this weekend.
“It was another incredible event and a thrill to see such a legend on the top step of the podium once again. Lowndes and Richo drove a great race; it was a very popular win.
“Our thoughts are also with Chaz Mostert who broke his leg and wrist in a qualifying accident on Friday. The mountain is never without drama and we are glad that he is ok and wish him a speedy recovery,” he said.