Not only does the event have so much history and prestige attached to it, but it’s such a difficult event to just make it to the finish line, let alone the podium or to win the race. I’m sure every driver would agree that it’s one of the hardest days in racing.
This year I head to the mountain with Repco as the major sponsor on Car 8, which is cool because they’re a major iconic motoring brand. The car looks great in Repco livery and I’m looking forward to sharing the Repco Commodore again with Macauley Jones.
We didn’t have the best run at the Sandown 500, the gear level snapped mid-race which was just a freak mechanical drama that was out of anyone’s control. I’m definitely hoping to have a better Bathurst 1000 and pay back Macauley for all his hard work.
I feel that I have unfinished business from last year’s Great Race. We came from a lap down to get in contention for a podium finish with only a handful of laps to go. Then I made a mistake which cost us standing on the podium, so I feel that I owe him some silverware!
I’m sitting 11th in the drivers’ championship and 5th in the teams’ championship, which is a great result after some of the reliability issues we’ve had this season. It’s hard to believe that this is my 8th attempt at the Bathurst 1000, seven years ago I won it as a rookie with Garth Tander.
Since then I’ve had another two podium finishes and a top ten, so I’m confident that if we have a fast car again this year that we can give everyone at Brad Jones Racing something to smile about on Sunday!
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