CONDITIONS: Overcast, clearing, windy
BATHURST 1000 WINNER: Shane Van Gisbergen / Garth Tander
After three days of build up, it was finally time for the Bathurst 1000. As morning dawned it looked like it could rain at any time but by race start at 11am conditions had cleared and we had some blue skies peeking through the clouds. All went to plan for car #14 off the line with Todd Hazelwood at the wheel for the first stint. Just as things were settling down for the Cub Cadet Mowers team, on lap 50 it was all over. After that solid start and good mid-pack pace Jordan Boys made a mistake on the final corner and spun the car into the wall and out of the race. A disappointing end to a race that had a heap of promise.
THE WORD FROM TODD
“I’m gutted for the whole crew at BJR, Cub Cadet and all the sponsors. There’s been a lot of effort that’s gone into this event and we felt well prepared but unfortunately it’s ended early for us. Unfortunately these things happen and when Bathurst bites it bites hard. Very cruel for us today but these things happen.
I felt like we had a good package, the car was good at the start, we had pretty good balance and made a lot of changes overnight to get the car competitive. We were fast in the warmup and managed the rear tyres nicely so it felt comfortable to drive. I was just getting ready for my third stint there with my helmet on and then my day was over. It’s just one of those things and look, it can happen to anyone. We’ll move on and just have to bounce back stronger next year.
I want to thank the team for the huge sacrifice they’ve made this year. It’s been a bloody crazy year and the team has worked non-stop. I’m really proud of what we've achieved in my first year at BJR, and I’m looking forward to next season. We've had our fair share of ups and downs but I feel like we’ve been getting stronger and I’m excited to get more of those podiums for the team in 2021.”
SEE YOU IN 2021!