Bathurst 2006 V8
Supercars @ Mt Panorama
8th October 2006
A big upset for HOLDEN fans this year in a race marked by
further horrific accidents.
Craig Lowndes won the Bathurst 1000 race this afternoon driving
a Ford and carrying the words "Brock Always With Us" on his visor
in memory of the Holden hero who died last month. Lowndes last
won at Mount Panorama 10 years ago in 1996.
Lowndes, whose co-driver was Jamie Whinchup, took the chequered
flag less than a second ahead of Rick Kelly / Todd Kelly driving
Glenn Seton / James Courtney driving a Ford took third place
ahead of another Ford driven by Russell Ingall / Luke Youlden.
They were followed by Russell Ingall / Luke Youlden in a Ford
and the first Kiwi, Steven Richards / Paul Dumbrell in a Holden.
Mark Porter, 31, died today in a Sydney hospital after
suffering serious head and chest injuries when his Holden Commodore
was struck by another car in a V8 Supercar race after the New
Zealander had clipped a perimeter wall on Friday.
Mark Porter is the fourth driver to be killed at Bathurst.
David Clark, the driver of the Ford Falcon that collided with
Porter's car during Friday's race, was initially critical but
is now recovering and breathing unaided, a hospital statement
7th October 2006
Andrew Thompson was the winner of the Fujitsu
2nd race at Bathurst this afternoon.
6th October 2006
TWO drivers have been
critically injured in a horror 200km/h smash at Bathurst Mt Panorama
A Holden V8 driven
by Mark Porter was directly hit by Ford driver David Clark at
the top of Mount Panorama during the Fujitsu series race shortly
An ambulance crew
treated both men at the scene. Porter was then flown by helicopter
to Nepean hospital. Clark was taken by road ambulance to Bathurst
hospital and was then due to be transferred by helicopter to Westmead
V8 Supercars are one class down from those that race in the Bathurst
resumed after an hour delay with the Bathurst 1000 qualifying
Holden's Mark Skaife
claimed provisional pole position for Sunday's big race. Skaife,
who will be partnered by Garth Tander, drove a qualifying session
time of 2 minutes and 6.9764 seconds. The five-time winner and
defending champion finished ahead of Ford's Jason Bright, who
clocked 2:07.0967, while Holden's Rick Kelly was third fastest
with a time of 2:07.6780.
The top 10 qualifiers
will race against the clock on Saturday to determine the final
starting positions for the endurance event.