Team 18 faced unexpected challenges during Race 24 of the 2023 Repco Supercars Championship at the iconic Repco Bathurst 1000. Despite a promising start, both DEWALT Racing and Toyota Forklifts cars were forced to pit for a splash of fuel in the closing laps of the race.
Qualifying in 19th position, DEWALT Racing’s Mark Winterbottom and Michael Caruso displayed a commendable performance, on course to secure an 11th place finish. Similarly, Toyota Forklifts’ Scott Pye and Warren Luff, who qualified 12th, were poised to make their mark with a solid finish in 14th.
With the checkered flag within sight, an unforeseen fuelling issue struck both cars, necessitating an unscheduled pit stop to refuel. This setback ultimately resulted in a 17th-place classification for Pye, while Winterbottom had to pit just as the race winner crossed the finish line, leading to a non-classification.
Despite the disappointing outcome, Team 18 would like to commend the unwavering dedication and hard work of their entire crew throughout the weekend. The exceptional pit stops executed by the team put both cars in a commendable position.
Team 18 remains committed to delivering top-tier performance and will return to their Mount Waverley workshop to conduct a thorough investigation.
Team 18 will return to action at the Gold Coast 500 on 27-29 October.