Thompson top 10 at bathurst

BYRON BAY driver Andrew Thompson helped guide the Bottle-O Racing Team to 10th spot in the Bathurst 1000 yesterday.

He partnered lead driver Tony D'Alberto.

Thompson had three stints behind the wheel and delivered a solid drive, notching up clean, consistent laps that ensured the car was a contender at the finish.

Indeed, Thompson clocked the team's fastest lap of the race on lap 44 in a time of 2m10.0494s.

It was in stark contrast to Thompson's Bathurst campaign last year when his PWR Racing Holden crashed in practice.

The team found themselves well placed in the early stages of the race yesterday and D'Alberto brought the car in for its second stop on lap 30, trading places with Thompson, who took to the track in 21st position.

The car revisited the pits on lap 55, taking another top-up of fuel before rejoining the field with D'Alberto at the wheel in 17th.

Thompson got a sec-ond stint behind the wheel as the safety car was brought out on lap 83, with the pit crew taking the opportunity to switch to wet tyres.

He had a brush with another car and was forced off the track, but managed to regain control and bring the car in on lap 111 and switch drivers again.

On lap 139, Thompson was given another stint for the final stretch and pushed the car as high as ninth place before dropping back a spot.

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