• PAYCE Head Office, Sydney NSW.

Strong performances at the Bathurst 1000 races

PAYCE Managing Director, Brian Boyd said PAYCE teams and drivers fared well at this year’s Bathurst 1000 meeting.

Picking up two top ten placings in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 race.

“They had also bagged several podiums in the support categories of Dunlop Super2, Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup and Paynter Dixon Touring Car Masters,” noted Brian Boyd.

Weather caster predictions wide of the mark - Brian Boyd

“Early in the week, the weather was predicted to be fine for the four days, but the forecasters were wide of the mark and only Sunday was dry – at least for most of the day.

“Some light showers mid-afternoon introduced an element of short-lived excitement into the feature race, but for the most part, it was a big contrast to the previous couple of days.

“It was great to see the meeting attracted the second biggest crowd ever over the four days, which was an encouraging sign for the future of the category,” said Mr Boyd.

Virgin Australia Supercars with Brian Boyd

The Garry Rogers Motorsport pairings of Garth Tander/Chris Pither and James Golding/Richard Muscat ran strongly all day to cross the line 6th and 8th respectively at the fall of the chequered flag. What an exciting and drama-filled day for the Bathurst 1000 race, commented Mr Brian Boyd.

“The GRM team’s #33 and #34 Commodores were quick in qualifying and three-time Bathurst winner, Garth Tander put the #33 Commodore into the Top Ten Shootout after maintaining good speed throughout the qualifying session,” continued Brian Boyd.

“James Golding, competing in his “rookie” year at Bathurst as a primary driver, was unlucky in qualifying to just miss out on a spot in the Shootout by fifteen-hundredths of a second, to be placed 12th on the grid for the Great Race.

“Garth was first up for Saturdays Shootout in the afternoon and although his time did not improve his position, the team was happy with 10th place on the grid, noted Mr Boyd.

“I think everyone was pleased to see the sun on Sunday after three days of wet weather, and with the race starting in ideal conditions.”

Brian noted that Garth made a lightning start and by the first corner was already up five positions, while James also picked up a spot as the field settled down for the run up the Mount Panorama Straight.

“Throughout the race, both PAYCE-supported cars continued to feature in the top ten, apart from when they made their compulsory seven pit stops.

Good strategies and a great pit-side team - Brian Boyd

“Good strategies and well-practiced pit work by the GRM team ensured they stayed well-positioned to the end to give them a great result, stated Brian.

“Congratulations must go to Craig Lowndes on his seventh victory in the Bathurst 1000 in what was his final drive as a primary driver in the event.”

The next round of Supercars is the Vodaphone Gold Coast 600 on 19-21 October for the third and final race for the Endurance Cup, concluded Brian.

Current Standing
Drivers Championship
Garth Tander 12th (up one place)
James Golding 21st (no change)
Teams Championship
Wilson Security Racing GRM 8th (no change)

Go Team PAYCE!