A fuel gamble came up short for Jamie Whincup, and a potential win at the 2014 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 went out the window right with it.
Whincup, who co-drove with Paul Dumbrell in the No. 1 Red Bull Racing Australia Holden Commodore, was poised to capture his fifth Bathurst victory but ran out in the final couple of laps.
It promoted the odd couple of Chaz Mostert, 22 and Paul Morris, 46, in the No. 6 Ford Pepsi Max Crew Ford Falcon to the lead and the overall win for the marquee event of the Australian V8 Supercars season.
In one of the best post-race quotes you’ll ever read, Mostert said about Whincup’s fuel struggles, via the official V8SC website: “I kept screaming in the cockpit – cough you bastard, cough.”
He added, “I never even thought I would get into the top 10. It’s fantastic. Who would know that we would go from 25th to first!”
The pair started, as mentioned, 25th and last in the field but over the course of the near-eight hour, 161-lap and 1,000-kilometer race, survived as chaos seemingly occurred from all other places at Mount Panorama.
There was a red flag that lasted more than an hour to fix the track surface.
There were multiple accidents – including the pairing of James Moffat and Taz Douglas, twice, who in neither instance sustained enough damage to knock the No. 360 Norton Hornets Nissan Altima from contention (they still finished second).
There was a stall from then-leader Shane van Gisbergen, sharing with Jonathan Webb in the No. 97 Team TEKNO V.I.P. Petfoods Commodore, on what should have been a routine pit stop.
Lastly there was another surprise podium finisher in Nick Percat and Oliver Gavin, in the No. 222 Heavy Haulage Australia Racing Commodore. Gavin, a regular in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with Corvette Racing stateside, is entered in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
More here from the official V8SC website on a crazy day at Bathurst.