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Holden takes Bathurst for 2009


Toll Holden Racing Team’s Garth Tander and Will Davison were crowned 2009 Bathurst 1000 champions on Sunday after 161 laps around Mount Panorama

Rain, safety car interventions and a late race battle for the title were no obstacle to Holden drivers Garth Tander and Will Davison who won the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday.

Tander and Davison led for most of the 161-lap, 1000km race around Mount Panorama.

A stroke of luck late helped them in the race when a safety car period elevated them from third to first as the two leading cars were forced to pit and lose track position.

Fellow Holden drivers Jason Richards and Cameron McConville finished second, with Lee Holdsworth and Michael Caruso third.

It is Holden's first win at Bathurst since 2005 and breaks Ford duo Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup's run of three successive victories.

Lowndes and Whincup finished fifth behind Greg Murphy and Mark Skaife.

It is Tander's second triumph at Mt Panorama, after the 32-year-old also won the race in 2000.

It is the 27-year-old Davison's first win at Bathurst.

With 20 laps to go Holden's Greg Ritter and David Besnard, and Skaife and Murphy sat comfortably in first and second.

But Ford driver Dean Canto crashed on lap 141, bringing out the safety car and giving an advantage to cars which had already made their final pit stops for fuel.

That put Tander in the lead.

Garth Tander said: “A fantastic race for us, we had really good car speed in all conditions and a great job to our guys to give us a car that was able to go fast all day. Throughout the day it was just a matter of lining up the fuel stops to the end. Will had to struggle around on wet tyres on a dry track, but that opened up a window to get us to the end.

“It all seemed easy; the decisions came easy and the right decisions were made at the right time. Our stops were fantastic – it was one of those races when ‘if it’s your day it’s your day’.

Will Davison said: “[The win] hasn’t sunk in as yet. We came into the weekend with a one-eyed attitude to win the race, probably too one-eyed. I had this great feeling about this weekend, but you’ve got to keep those under wraps as you’ve got a job to do.

“I had a comfortable run, but then I got stuck out on the wets and we lost a lot of time. I was peaking when I got out of the car as we wanted to win this race so badly for everyone on the team and Holden. Somehow everything’s turned out just perfect.

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