“THERE’S A TREE ON THE TRACK!”
IMAGES: Mark Walker
Before GT cars ruled the Bathurst 12 Hour, the once around the clock Mount Panorama event was the domain of the humble production car.
2010 was the final year before Audis came and conquered, with the event punctuated by torrential rain in the lead up, and on race day.
With the ground sodden from the deluge, mid-race a rather large tree toppled onto the track at the top of Conrod Straight, just beyond the kink exiting the Elbow.
An unintended consequence for the cars brought to a halt on top of the Mountain while the council chainsaws ripped into action, was that many of them suffered cracked brake rotors due to the heat soak.
One car to suffer was the WBR Subaru WRX, which had a wheel fall off (again) in the last half hour while in contention, before crossing the line seventh behind the mighty BMW 335 of Garry Holt/John Bowe/Paul Morris.
The author was working that weekend for WBR with an easy brief – PR, data logging, race strategy, and water boy duties during the pit stops.