Bathurst 1000 victory for Erebus Motorsport's pair Reynolds/Youlden
David Reynolds and Luke Youlden are the winners of the 2017 Bathurst 1000 race. A duo in the #9 Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore takes the sensational victory after starting from pole and surviving a chaotic race on the wet Mount Panorama Circuit.
For Reynolds, it’s his fourth V8 Supercars victory in a career and the first at Bathurst, after he finished second at Mount Panorama in 2012. Luke Youlden’s best result at the Bathurst 1000 race until today was the third place in 2003. Today’s triumph is his second Supercars victory in a career.
Reynolds/Youlden won the race ahead of Scott Pye and Warren Luff in the #2 Walkinshaw Racing’s Mobil 1 HSV Holden. Fabian Coulthard and Tony d’Alberto finished third in the #12 Ford Falcon of DJR Team Penske.
Coulthard is a new championship leader as the previous leader and his teammate Scott McLaughlin, who started from pole and shared a car with Alex Premat, didn’t finish the race. They retired on lap 84 due to engine problem.
In the changeable weather conditions, with lots of interruptions and Safety Car interventions, the key of the race was the restart on lap 145 of 161. David Reynolds was fourth, behind Shane van Gisbergen, Garth Tander and Nick Percat. With some light rain falling and the entire field on the slicks, two leaders Van Gisbergen and Tander both ran wide at the last corner.
Nick Percat inheritead a lead but Reynolds passed him soon and built a gap to six seconds after that. Shane van Gisbergen recovered but went on on lap 151 when trying to pass Scott Pye for second place. The last Safety Car period followed when Simona de Silvestro crashed out his Nissan from the main straight. After a restart on lap 156, Reynolds defended a lead and scored his maiden Bathurst victory.
Fabian Coulthard leads the championship with 2431 points, 91 more than Jamie Whincup. McLaughlin dropped to third, with 2334 points on his account.
The next event is the Gold Coast 600 at Surfers Paradise Street Circuit on October 21-22.