Team Dynamik overcame early dramas to salvage 13th place in an action packed Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercar race.

Simon Wills and Paul Stokell brought the Dodo Internet car #44 home in the top 15, surging through the field in the final 40 laps before a record crowd of over 60,000.

In the second Dynamik car, Dale Brede and Will Davison had their race plan derailed by engine overheating and had to retire the #45 car after 49 laps.

It was a demanding race for Wills and Stokell, who fell a lap down at a pit stop under safety car conditions on lap 51, and never recovered. However, crew and drivers kept working hard to keep the car on the track and avoid becoming one of the day's 12 retirements.

"It was a hard day," said Wills. "We didn't really have the pace today but it was good to finish."

The Dodo Internet #44 also broke a front sway bar around the 100-lap mark. Stokell, who drove more than 60 of the 161 laps, said the car's handling became difficult over the final 50 laps.

"Despite that, during the race we were quicker than a lot of other cars around us," he said.

The pair dropped to 22nd place after the sway bar drama, but then Stokell and Wills made up nine places in the race's final quarter, as attrition took hold.

Brede and Davison were bitterly disappointed after engine overheating ended their race at lap 49. Davison said on-track debris from the day's many crashes may have punctured the radiator, leading to overheating and sapping engine power.

 

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