18TH OCTOBER: BATHURST 1000

TOUGH END TO A STRONG YEAR

BATHURST 1000

TIME: 11:00

CONDITIONS: Overcast, windy, mild

FINISHED: Position 18th

BATHURST 1000 WINNER: Shane Van Gisbergen / Garth Tander

 

RECAP

It looked like it was going to be a wet Bathurst 1000 with dark clouds threatening from early morning but just as the 11am start time approached the weather gods looked kindly upon us and the skies started to clear. Thomas Randle started the race in the R&J Batteries

Supercar and jumped a position to p9, settling in nicely as the race developed and bringing car #8 in from fourth place on lap 22 for Nick to jump on board.

 

The rain that was threatening finally made an appearance on lap 54 but proved to be only a brief shower. Not long after the R&J Batteries Supercar sadly started to misfire badly and on lap 68 it was into the pits for lengthy repairs, losing the team multiple laps and any chance of a strong result. After the pace shown in practice and qualifying it was a bitter pill to swallow for the R&J Batteries Team.

 

THE WORD FROM NICK

“I don’t even know where to begin. Everything that could have gone wrong for us today, did. We had some issues from this morning and this carried on throughout the day. We just needed to get to the end of the race so I’m glad we could do that. Randle did a great job in the car so it was awesome to have him a part of the team.

 

I’m gutted as we’ve been really strong leading up to Bathurst and I know we were in for a good chance of a podium. It’s a shame we didn’t get to show the cars full potential. But yeah, it wasn’t meant to be today. Hard to swallow but regardless of today’s result I’m so proud of the team. We’ve taken some huge steps forward and shown we are a strong team and one to watch out for.

 

I’m disappointed we couldn’t show the true potential of what the R&j Batteries car could do but we know we have a podium finish in us so we'll be back next year and fighting. Thank you for everyone’s support, I’ll see you next year.”

 

SEE YOU IN 2021