Motorsport Wrap for Monday 10th October 2011

THRILLING WIN FOR TANDER AND PERCAT

Toll Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander and Nick Percat claimed a sensational Bathurst 1000 victory yesterday, winning in the closest competitive finish in the race’s history.

At the wheel of their Bridgestone-backed Holden, Tander and Percat survived a late Craig Lowndes and Mark Skaife challenge to claim the title by less than three tenths of a second.

The win is Tander’s third at Bathurst and his 50th career race win. It also means 23 year-old Percat has entered the history books as the first driver in more than 30 years to win Bathurst on debut.

"We've had a fast car all week and Nick did an awesome job," said Tander following the race.

"There was a lot of pressure and a lot of people saying he didn't have enough experience but I had absolute faith in him and he did a great job for us.”

Lowndes and Skaife put in a desperate effort to win, lifting from seventh to second in the last 23 laps of the race but ultimately it was strategy that cost them – having to queue three times in the pits behind teammates Jamie Whincup and Andrew Thompson as well as taking one more pit stop than Tander and Percat.

Greg Murphy and Allan Simonsen completed an all-Holden podium.

The championship now moves to the Gold Coast on October 21-23.

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

1. Craig Lowndes (Team Vodafone)   2329 points 
2. Jamie Whincup (Team Vodafone) 2229 points 
3. Shane van Gisbergen (SBR) 1920 
4. Garth Tander (HRT)  1848