TANDER & LUFF’S BATHURST SUCCESS
Those who lay back on the lounge with a cold one or two, this year’s Bathurst 1000 was as tough as they come. Who would have predicted at the start, mid sector and the last 20 laps, 2.07 was race pace.
There will always be armchair experts yelling at the TV – “Have a go you mug!” If only these untalented goombah’s got off their butts and had a go, they would quickly realise talk comes cheap. You only had to witness some of the most spectacular high speed crashes and you can bet none of these drivers went out planning on carnage.
The expression ‘10 tenths’ in racing refers to maximum attack whereas 11 tenths is a crash. The fine line between pleasure and pain comes back to a race drivers instincts, their ability to live on the edge of grip versus slip. In fact when you’re pushing the boundaries to within paper thin margins that separates metal and concrete, it’s your reflex actions that makes it happen lap after lap. Sitting on the lounge, air con cooling your body, texting your mates, now throw in a toilet stop and you can see who has the easiest job.
Warren Luff knows a thing or two about cars, driving, racing, yet there are a few misguided folks that rock up to Bathurst claiming Holden’s are crap. For the record, Craig Lowndes, Richo Jnr were on the top step with Garth Tander and Warren taking home third place hardware. And just to rub it in, Brad Jones Racing had the ‘Fab,’ bring home yet another Commodore behind HRT Star Wars – May The Force Be With You Commodore. Work out the maths, that’s three Holden’s in the top four places so hopefully this excellent result will calm the ill informed.
Speaking to Warren Luff post race, he gave a different perspective of how things turned out. Starting off 22nd was not planned, rain in qualifying put the team behind with car set up. Warren said, “While it is not ideal starting back in the pack, it’s a 1000km race so you manage your strategy and pit stops accordingly.” “Finishing in third place was a fantastic team effort and a personal highlight to achieve this with Garth Tander.”
You could say the force was with them!
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