V8 » 11 October 2009
Tander, Davison win Bathurst
“It's a great honour for Will and I to bring it back to its' traditional home - Peter did a lot of driving in Holdens up here," Tander said of the trophy, "The weekend we were here after Peter passed away there was a lot of pressure on us and we didn't perform.”
Tander was ice-cool to the finish despite the enormous pressure, while Davison had the drive of his life when the mountain did what it can during a period of torrential rain that made conditions treacherous.
“We have come in this weekend with a pretty one-eyed attitude,” Davison said, “I've had a great feeling ever since I got here, but you've got to keep it under wraps. Today was one of those races that, every time you thought it was running smoothly and under control, something would get thrown at us. It was just win or bust. When it's your day, it's your day. Sometimes things turn out perfectly. This is something that will be with you forever.”
Lowndes battle came, went and came again throughout the race, while Whincup had a remote chance towards the end before a late incident.
“It was a very tough day,” Lowndes admitted, “The conditions were difficult to keep on top of and we had a couple of little things go wrong. The team did an unbelievable job with strategy, Jamie did a fantastic job in the final stint and, despite the problems we encountered, the car soldiered on all day.”
“It wasn't our day today,” Whincup echoed, “We had a few little hiccups and to win this race you have to have everything squeaky clean."
The hard luck story was that of Murphy and Skaife, who appeared to have the best chance of anyone before a safety car with 20 laps to go killed their near perfect strategy as they missed a crucial pit-stop by five seconds.
“I've never seen a race like that,” Murphy admitted, “We went from hero to zero to hero to zero. It was great fun and those on the podium deserve to be there. We gave it our all and just fell short, but it's the best fourth place I've ever had.”
Skaife thought likewise.
“It smashed us," he sighed, "We were under green to make the shortest fuel stop. Without another safety car we are hammered. It's a cruel game; I'll give you the tip.”
At the other end of the scale, another Kiwi, Richards, came within 0.7s of victory.
“Maybe next year we only need that 0.7,” the Kiwi said, “I was sitting back there in sixth at one point, but just kept running up the back of other cars. I couldn't do much. Then it all just happened. It was do-or-die - and I'm not going to sit here and finish sixth at Bathurst.”
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