This year’s race was truly a survival of the
fittest, where 18 of the 39-strong field retired
- some of the most fancied runners victim of the
four-season elements, like Lowndes and Perkins
coming to grief in wet conditions. Both Lowndes
and Perkins returned to the race finishing 17th
and eighth respectively. The race saw 10 different leaders and 25 lead changes. Among them winners Skaife and Longhurst led for 57 laps, the thirdplaced young team of Kelly and Murphy led for 40, Seton and Richards for 23, Bowe and Wills for 12, Lowndes and Crompton for 11 and Perkins just three. In the could’ve stakes, the
Commodore of Perkins/Ingall could’ve won, as could have Kelly/Murphy, as could Jones/Cleland.
- the 2001 Bathurst 1000 highlights is a race not to be missed.