Former Caniaba driver David Russell makes his way around Forest Elbow in the Bathurst 1000 yesterday. Although he and Jonathon Webb finished outside the top 10 in their Ford, Russell made a clean sweep of the Fujitsu Series.
Former Caniaba driver David Russell makes his way around Forest Elbow in the Bathurst 1000 yesterday. Although he and Jonathon Webb finished outside the top 10 in their Ford, Russell made a clean sweep of the Fujitsu Series. NICK ADAMS

Lowndes wins Bathurst 1000

V8 SUPERCAR star Craig Lowndes says finally winning the Bathurst 1000 alongside fellow great Mark Skaife is the realisation of a dream.

The TeamVodafone ace drove an incredible 79-lap stint at the iconic 6.2km Mt Panorama circuit yesterday to secure his fifth Bathurst title and Skaife’s sixth.

And it was a case of double delight for their Holden team with the No 1 car of Jamie Whincup and Steve Owen crossing the line second in the first 1-2 finish to the Great Race since 1984.

“It’s a dream come true really for us,” Lowndes said after the pair finally cracked the title they couldn’t win as teammates at Holden Racing Team a decade ago.

“Not to be able to do it back then and come so close, so many times, and then to have a 10-year break – to get the old band back together – it’s pretty special.”

Skaife – who has only returned to the sport as a co-driver for endurance races after retiring from the main game in 2008 – said the victory was as sweet as any of his other triumphs on the mountain.

He paid full tribute to Lowndes for his unbroken 489km effort.

“Unbelievable,” he said.

“It’s very, very hard around here because the concentration level’s extremely high.

“You make a little mistake and you’re in the fence.

“As the race goes on there’s so many marbles just off-line that it just becomes a groove and if you’re a little bit wide anywhere you pay a big penalty.

“That will go down as one of Craig’s great drives, absolutely, no doubt.”



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