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HRT return to Bathurst winners' circle

Whincup and Thompson were one of the hard luck stories of the race, with alternator problems dropping them out of contention late in the race when poised for a shot at another Triple Eight victory. Whincup's misfortune means that regular team-mate Lowndes now leads the V8 Supercar Championship standings by 100 points.

Veteran Besnard suffered the crash of the day in the Jim Beam Falcon he shared with Steven Johnson when he spun backwards into the wall at more than 130km/h as he worked his way up the mountain after a pit-stop. A loss of radio communications led to him not 'pumping' the brakes to get the pressure up after a pad change.

"We put new pads in and, normally, you are told to pump the brakes,” Besnard said, “I wasn't told, and I take some of the blame for that, but started pumping the brakes [at turn two] and there was nothing there. Right at the end, going into the corner, they came up, but I locked the rears and went into the wall. I've had some big ones, but not for a few years - and I've never had flames, which is not great. It's alright if you have a packet of marshmallows, but that was no fun.”

Rookie Cameron Waters, still on his L-plates on public roads, saw his Bathurst dream evaporate on only his fifth lap in the race when he hit the wall at Forrests Elbow.
The team eventually got his car back some hours later, and subsequently gave the 17-year old valuable time behind the wheel to gain experience, despite the fact he was more than 50 laps behind.

“At the end of the day, it was my mistake and there's not much I can do about it,” the youngster said, “I was on cold tyres and I probably pushed a little hard for what I had.”



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