A bit of everything in the 2015 Bathurst 1000

Craig Lowndes crossing the line for his sixth Bathurst 1000 win today. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 101115cfinish1
Craig Lowndes crossing the line for his sixth Bathurst 1000 win today. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 101115cfinish1

JAW-dropping accidents, huge crowds, indecisive weather and champion Craig Lowndes back for this sixth win - this year's Bathurst 1000 had a little bit of everything.

This year's race recorded the second highest attendance in the history of the event - 201,416 across four days - and drew people from across the country to Bathurst.

Also this was the first time since 1987 that three cars which started outside the top 10 filled the podium.

Back for his sixth Bathurst 1000 win was Craig Lowndes, who shared the drive with Steve Richards who took out his fourth win at the iconic circuit.

The duo crossed the line after 161 laps in six hours, 16 minutes and 7.7070 seconds.

In second was Mark Winterbottom and Steve Owen, followed by Garth Tander and Warren Luff.

Getting to the chequered flag was a tough ask for some drivers at the unforgiving track, with two horrifying accidents earlier in the four day race festival.

On Friday defending champion Chaz Mostert clipped the wall at The Esses which sent him pin-balling into the opposite wall before slamming into the debris fence in front of the flag marshal station.

The incident left him with a broken femur and wrist and he was airlifted to Orange Hospital, while a flag marshal was taken by ambulance to the same facility.

Then on Saturday, Aussie Race Car driver Damien Flack had a frightening accident on Conrod Straight when his car flipped and burst into flames.

The accident left him with broken ribs and a punctured lung and he was airlifted to Liverpool Hospital in Sydney.

Among those at the race was NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres who said the annual event is a huge economic boost for the city.

"There's no doubt about it, it's an event that generates millions of dollars in Bathurst," he said.

"If you went through the restaurants and pubs and clubs and event a lot of the home stays, these people will spend money at a number of establishments."

Bathurst Regional Council mayor Gary Rush said the iconic race event drew another huge crowd.

"It's great to think that in our bicentennial year that we have cracked 200,000 in ticket sales," he said of crowd numbers.

"It's one event that any regional centre would love to have."

V8 Supercar chief executive officer James Warburton said the Bathurst 1000 was one of the world's most iconic races.

"This is one of the world's iconic motor races alongside Le Mans, Monaco and the Indianapolis 500," he said.

Earlier predictions of drivers hitting speeds of up to 300km/h for the first time in the history did not eventuate.


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