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Reynolds wins Australia’s highest-profile motorsport race

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BATHURST, Australia (AP) David Reynolds and his co-driver Luke Youlden won the most high-profile race in Australian motorsports on Sunday, finishing the Bathurst 1000 in his Holden in an unofficial time of 7 hours, 13 minutes in slick and rainy conditions on Mount Panorama.

Scott Pye, also driving a Holden, was four seconds behind in second, followed by Fabian Coulthard in a Ford.

After a succession of crashes and safety cars in the closing stages, it was Reynolds who had the inside running to win the 1,000-kilometer race over 161 laps of the 6.2-kilometer course at Bathurst, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of Sydney.

“I’ve got nothing left to give,” Reynolds said. “I am absolutely spent. This bloke (co-driver Youlden) drove unbelievably all day. My crew was faultless. Man, it was just a perfect day.”

It was Youlden’s 18th Bathurst.

“It’s taken a long time, but tell you what – to do it with Dave and this team, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said.

Pole winner and series leader Scott McLaughlin, who drives a Ford for DJR Team Penske, part-owned by American motorsport great Roger Penske, retired with mechanical issues on the 74th lap. Coulthard also races for the Penske team.

“We really had a really good shot at it, in the wet as well,” McLaughlin said. “Unfortunately that is how it goes, it’s a tough old race to win – I just have to move on.”

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)