Round 11 of the V8 Supercar Championship and second Pirtek Enduro Cup round.
Format: 1000 kilometre race, 161 laps of Mount Panorama
Race: 10:30am start
Drivers: Jason Bright/Andrew Jones
Weather: Sunny, calm, 22-26 degrees
Winner: Chaz Mostert/Paul Morris, Ford Performance Racing
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The 2014 Bathurst 1000 will go down as an opportunity lost for Team BOC. For the most part the car was fast enough to match the leaders but an unfortunate incident and a mechanical issue put paid to a shot at the podium. Bright started the race and found the car difficult to handle early on, unable to keep in touch with the top 10. Jones jumped into the car early on and kept the car just outside the top 10 until disaster struck. With a safety car called, some on-track confusion led to team mate Dale Wood spearing into the back of a slowing Jones who had just caught the tail end of the pack behind the safety car at the top of the mountain. The rear end was significantly damaged and Jones came in for repairs. Unfortunately the car refused to start and the team lost 4 laps to the leaders. Both drivers kept the car circulating and the Team BOC VF Commodore finished the race in 15th, 3 laps down. Chaz Mostert won the race in dramatic circumstances, passing Jamie Whincup - who started to run out of fuel - on the very last lap.
“I felt like we really did have a quick car today. The first stint was disastrous but we tuned the car and got on top of that and for the rest of the race the car was very speedy. We were very unlucky, forget about the crash, if we could’ve got the thing started, we would’ve been OK, that’s what cost us. The crash we could’ve easily come back from and if we hadn’t lost a lap we would’ve been out there very quickly. Just a real shame we lost that many laps.”
Co-driver Andrew Jones
“These things happen. It’s part of the tapestry really of this race. So many more things happened than just what went on in our world but it’s very disappointing. It certainly wasn’t intentional on Woody’s behalf, these things can happen. Very disappointing it was that early on, it’s a shame. It’s a tough old day when less than a third of the race in you end up that way. It’s been much more enjoyable over the last couple of years when you’re in the fight and thinking and concentrating. Hats off to everyone for pushing on. There’s plenty of heart here and everyone pressed on and finished the race.”
Gold Coast 600, 24-26 October 2014
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Published: 12 October 2014.