Chance Of Bathurst Glory Overrides Common Sense
When The Bathurst 1000 became a round of the Championship rather than a stand-alone event from 1999 onwards, there was trepidation from some sections of the fanbase. ‘Bathurst is Bathurst,’ they would say, ‘no one wants to see a drive consolidate a top five finish to bank championship points when they have a chance to win it! Let it be its own classic, a race of itself above all others’.
Well, if anyone was ever thinking that teams should play it safe and bank championship points in the face of glory, they’ve repeatedly forgotten to tell the teams.
In 2005 the allure of another Bathurst win proved too strong for Jamie Whincup who, despite having a garage screaming at him to save fuel, put it all on the line to arrive agonisingly short and run out of fuel on the final lap. He would fall into the clutches of the hard charging Chaz Mostert who would claim his first Bathurst 1000 victory in one of the most iconic Bathurst finishes ever, remembered best by Holden and Ford fans screaming on the hill and screaming at their TVs around the country. They knew they didn’t have the fuel, there was probably a safe second place on offer by coasting, but they went searching for a Bathurst miracle that never materialised.
“Save more fuel. At this stage we’re not gonna make it. I need maximum save, you’ve got two seconds to the car behind, maximum save mate, we are not gonna make it. We’re just gonna have to chance it.”