CANIABA driver David Russell will always remember the 2013 Bathurst 1000 for all the wrong reasons.

While Ford's Mark Winterbottom was celebrating his maiden Bathurst title, Russell had to come to terms with how his race ended.

Russell was one of three drivers who didn't finish the race after he collided with a kangaroo.

His afternoon finished 21-laps in when the large kangaroo found its way onto the track.

It is the first time Russell had hit a kangaroo in his 14 years of professional driving.

The 31-year-old raced in the Fujitsu V8 Supercar Series for several years after finding success in the Australian Carrera Cup Championship.

Another driver from the Northern Rivers also had his share of bad luck in the big race.

Byron Bay driver Andrew Thompson came last of the 26 cars that finished.

Thompson and his Heavy Haulage Australia Racing co-driver Tim Slade experienced mechanical issues throughout the race, affecting their result

The next big event in the V8 Supercars is the Armor All Gold Coast 600.

The three-day event starts on October 25.

There is also the Philip Island 360 and Sydney 500 in December to come.

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