By the numbers: Growing Bathurst legacies

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 14/10/2018
  • By Mitchell Adam

Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards added to their already-rich Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 records last Sunday, with victory in the 2018 race.

It was a seventh triumph for Lowndes and fifth for Richards, moving into equal second and outright sixth on the board led by nine-time winner Peter Brock.

Lowndes and Richards made their 25th and 26th Bathurst 1000 starts – Richards' tally boosted by two Super Touring 1000 appearances – with Jim Richards atop that order on 35.

Last Saturday, Lowndes also drew level with Brock on 17 Shootout appearances, the pair trailing Dick Johnson on 21 and Larry Perkins on 18.

Already first on the all-time podiums list, Lowndes moves to 14, two clear of Brock. digs a little deeper into what those numbers, and success spanning two decades, mean for their growing Bathurst legacies.

For the purpose of this exercise, we are looking at 'Bathurst' records rather than 'Great Race' records.

That means from 1963 onwards, when the event moved from Phillip Island to Mount Panorama, excluding Armstrong 500 wins for Bob Jane and Harry Firth in '61 and '62, for instance.

Three drivers in the 2018 field weren't born when Lowndes won Bathurst for the first time, in 1996

Years between first and last, or latest, Bathurst wins

Very much the veterans of the field, Lowndes and Richards took their first Bathurst victories in 1996 and '98 respectively.

To put that longevity in context, James Golding was born just before Lowndes made his full-time ATCC debut in January 1996, Bryce Fullwood and Will Brown in '98, and Alex Rullo in 2000.

Years Driver
24 Jim Richards, seven wins, 1978-2002
22 Craig Lowndes, seven wins, 1996-2018
20 Steven Richards, five wins, 1998-2018
19 Mark Skaife, six wins, 1991-2010
15 Peter Brock, nine wins, 1972-87
Larry Perkins, six wins, 1982-97
13 Dick Johnson, three wins, 1981-94
Tony Longhurst, two wins, 1988-2001
11 Garth Tander, three wins, 2000-11
John Goss, two wins, 1974-85
8 Greg Murphy, four wins, 1996-2004
7 Allan Moffat, four wins, 1970-77
Will Davison, two wins, 2009-16
6 Jamie Whincup, four wins, 2006-12
5 John Bowe, two wins, 1989-94
4 Harry Firth, two wins, 1963-67
Allan Grice, two wins, 1986-90
2 Russell Ingall, two wins, 1995-97
1 Bob Jane, two wins, 1963-64
Rick Kelly, two wins, 2003-04

Richards went back-to-back in 1999, teaming with Greg Murphy in a Gibson Commodore

Starts per win

This looks at the number of starts each multiple Bathurst winner has made for their haul of victories.

Even before the weekend, Lowndes would have featured highly with 24 starts and six wins, but now edges clear of Jane.

Ratio Driver
2.5 Harry Firth, two wins from five starts
3.56 Peter Brock, nine from 32
3.57 Craig Lowndes, seven from 25
4 Bob Jane, two from eight
4.17 Mark Skaife, six from 25
4.25 Jamie Whincup, four from 17
4.33 Larry Perkins, six from 26
4.5 Allan Moffat, four from 18
5 Jim Richards, seven from 35
5.2 Steven Richards, five from 26
5.5 Greg Murphy, four from 22
6.67 Garth Tander, three from 20
7.5 Will Davison, two from 15
8.67 Dick Johnson, three from 26
9 Rick Kelly, two from 18
9.5 John Goss, two from 19
11.5 John Bowe, two from 23
12 Tony Longhurst, two from 24
12.5 Russell Ingall, two from 25
13 Allan Grice, two from 26

Along with seven wins, Lowndes has five seconds and two thirds at Bathurst to his name, including in 2003 and '04 with Glenn Seton

Starts per podium

Extending that data to podiums, for drivers with a minimum of four visits to the rostrum, Lowndes figures strongly again.

This group is led by Barry Mulholland, who made five starts as Bruce McPhee's co-driver to essentially complete the minimum 'lunchtime' laps each year.

McPhee also features prominently based on his successful run during the 1960s.

The aforementioned Firth is among the drivers to miss this list with three Bathurst podiums.

For the record, that haul from five starts would have slotted him into second at a rate of 1.67 starts/podium.

After finishing second in 2013, Whincup's tally was seven podiums from 12 races, which would have put him at 1.71.

Conversely, Warren Luff went without a podium in his first 12 starts but now has five from his last six, as he chases a maiden victory.

Ratio Driver
1.25 Barry Mulholland, four from five
1.79 Craig Lowndes, 14 from 25
1.83 Bruce McPhee, six from 11
2.17 Larry Perkins, 12 from 26
2.43 Jamie Whincup, seven from 17
2.5 Mark Skaife, 10 from 25
2.57 Allan Moffat, seven from 18
2.67 Peter Brock, 12 from 32
2.75 Greg Murphy, eight from 22
2.89 Steven Richards, nine from 26
2.92 Jim Richards, 12 from 35
3.29 John Bowe, seven from 23
3.5 Cameron McConville, six from 21
3.6 John Harvey, five from 18
Warren Luff, five from 18
3.71 Allan Grice, seven from 26
4 Garth Tander, five from 20
Colin Bond, seven from 28 
Brad Jones, six from 24
4.33 Dick Johnson, six from 26
6.25 Russell Ingall, four from 25
6.5 Glenn Seton, four from 26

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