** Championship leader Jimmy Vernon extends his lead, cementing his charge for the title with a win in race three **
** Peter Major achieves a podium in first Bathurst and Toyota 86 Event **
** Big movements in the 34 strong pack throughout the race **
Mt. Panorama transformed into Mt. Vernon this morning as the number nine racer turned his commanding series lead into a championship victory*. In a classy performance, Jimmy Vernon took the lead from Dylan Gulson ahead of the first corner and couldn't be stopped.
Ben Grice was on Vernon's heels throughout the six lap race, finishing in second place. First time Toyota 86 Racing Series driver Peter Major rounded out the top three in his first ever visit to Bathurst.
"I couldn't have asked for a better race. To win in Bathurst on Sunday in front of this crowd was absolutely sensational. I actually had tears in my eyes when I came in off the track," said race winner Jimmy Vernon.
Ben Grice commented on his performance, "It's pretty huge to be at Bathurst, huge thanks to everyone who got us here, it's a huge privilege."
An incident on lap three saw the safety car rollout, but that didn't stop some big movements within the pack and some confident manoeuvres. Cameron Hill had a stellar recovery after his DNF in race two, moving up 19 positions to finish 14th. Aaron Seton also put on a show, picking up 13 positions to finish 12th.
Race two winner Dylan Gulson was unable to hold onto his lead, as Jimmy Vernon charged ahead, dropping from first to fifth on the first lap. In another incident, Gulson managed to save his car and his position during a near-crash as only a true Bathurst local would, rounding out the weekend in fourth.
Invited driver David Brabham, spoke about his visit to Bathurst, "I came here to have some fun and I most certainly did. It was great to race against the young guys - they have their motor racing career ahead of them and I remember what that feeling was like. It has been a great weekend participating in a great series."
Race three results:
1. Jimmy Vernon
2. Ben Grice
3. Peter Major
The Toyota 86 Racing Series next and final stop is Newcastle from 24-26 November.
Toyota 86 Racing Series
The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $125,000.
Open to variants of Toyota's cult-classic sports car, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
In 2017 the Toyota 86 Racing Series is being run over five events: Phillip Island 500 (April 21-23), Townsville 400 (July 7-9), Sydney SuperSprint (August 18-20), Bathurst 1000 (October 5-8) and Newcastle 500 (November 24-26).
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In 2017, Toyota marks the 60th anniversary of its first international motorsport entry (and the first by a Japanese car manufacturer), when it contested the 1957 Round Australia Trial. This is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar Rally. Closer to home, the Toyota 86 Racing Series seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia's premier grassroots circuit-racing category. Toyota also supports the Neal Bates Motorsport team in the Australian Rally Championship.
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