BATHURST, Australia (NWN) – Walkinshaw Andretti United team driver Chase Mostart fought back from a wheel puncture and encounter with native wild animals to win an incident-shattered Bathurst 1000 Touring Car race on Sunday.
Mostart finished the 161-lap race in the regional town of Bathurst, about a two-hour drive west of Sydney, four seconds ahead of Ford’s Cameron Waters in second. Erebus’ Brody Kosteki finished third.
Mostart and his co-driver Lee Holdsworth were heavily backed in Bathurst to win for the Walkinshaw Andretti United team, which is about a third owned by Andretti Motorsport.
A left wheel puncture on lap 49 threatened to derail the team’s bid to win, but Mostart was able to guide his Commodore through the field and back into the lead.
The 64th run of the race included a close encounter with a wallaby and a blue-tongued lizard before a wild echidna entered the track during lap 105.
Many of the cars, going at speeds in excess of 250 km/h (155 mph), missed hitting the spiny anteater, which resembled a porcupine, as it slowed down before being called a safety-car. Slowly wandering across the track.
The safety-car was called out four times after the appearance of the echidna, as exhausted drivers began to make mistakes during the 1,000 km (620 mi) race.
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