The Penrite Erebus Motorsport Holden VF Commodore of David Reynolds and Luke Youlden has claimed a sensational victory in the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
Reynolds and Youlden kept out of trouble at a wet and wild 2017 edition of the great race for their and the Erebus team’s maiden win in the Bathurst 1000, with a special “Australian Made and Owned” themed Penrite livery for the occasion.
The race was hit by a heavy downpour from the start with the famed 6.2-kilometre Mount Panorama Circuit only drying during the latter stages. However, a late rain shower threw a curveball into the mix, as several of the leading contenders fell by the wayside.
Reynolds, though, held his nerve through late-race safety cars and challengers from behind for a memorable victory.
“I have got nothing left to give, I am absolutely spent,” said Reynolds. “My crew was faultless, it was just a perfect day, so good. I was struggling to hold in the tears during the last couple of laps but I thought I had it under control.”
It was also Youlden’s first win from a career high of 18 Bathurst 1000 starts, despite the fact the driver-trainer doesn’t race in any other categories throughout the rest of the year.
“For a bloke who races once a year he’s not bad!” Reynolds said of Youlden.
“We have had this same core team for a while now, I love this sport and I love my job in working with them. It just makes it so enjoyable.
“I have been wanting to pay them back but we haven’t had a lot of luck, so this is now the icing on the cake.”
This resounding victory also coincides with Penrite being the official lubricant of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for the first time.