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Craig Lowndes wins his seventh Bathurst 1000 in a fairytale finish

October 8, 2018 8:50AM News Corp Australia Network

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Craig Lowndes gives the crowd a thumbs up after winning the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. Picture: Tim Hunter media_cameraCraig Lowndes gives the crowd a thumbs up after winning the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama. Picture: Tim Hunter

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MOTOR SPORT: Craig Lowndes has achieved a fairytale Bathurst 1000 win on his last full-time drive at Mount Panorama, partnering with Steven Richards for his seventh triumph in the Great Race.

Lowndes made the most of a badly timed cramp* to race leader David Reynolds and overtook him for the lead with 27 laps remaining, cruising to victory ahead of fellow Commodore Scott Pye and Warren Luff.

With a noisy crowd chanting “Lowndesy, Lowndesy, Lowndesy”, their hero shared his emotions.

“I didn’t have any air in the coolsuit* for the last three stints*. “Richo and I came into this weekend with a lot of confidence off the back of Sandown. But you never know.

“We didn’t have the speed at the start of the race but we were hoping it would develop and the track would could to us. And it did.”

The success ties Lowndes with Jim Richards, the father of his co-driver Steven, on seven wins, and leaves him behind only Peter Brock, the King of the Mountain, with nine.

Nathan Lyon, Aaron Finch, Tim Paine and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia appeal for the wicket of Azhar Ali of Pakistan. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraNathan Lyon, Aaron Finch, Tim Paine and Marnus Labuschagne of Australia appeal for the wicket of Azhar Ali of Pakistan. Picture: Getty Images

CRICKET: All-rounder* Mohammad Hafeez returned to Test cricket after more than two years and scored an impressive century as Pakistan reached 255-3 at stumps on day one of the first Test against Australia yesterday.

Hafeez made 126 on a flat* wicket and Imam-ul-Haq hit 76 before the visitors hit back in the last session.

Nathan Lyon finally broke the 205-run partnership when he had Imam caught behind in the second over after tea. Hafeez, dropped on 74 at the long off boundary by Mitchell Marsh, was trapped leg before wicket by Peter Siddle as Australia allowed Pakistan only 56 runs in the final session.

Andrew Gaff will stay with the Eagles. Picture: AAP media_cameraAndrew Gaff will stay with the Eagles. Picture: AAP

AFL: WEST Coast’s Andrew Gaff has decided to stay with the Eagles.

The Herald Sun has confirmed Gaff has told the club of his decision and is expected to sign a long-term deal worth around $900,000 a year. North Melbourne had tried to attract the 26-year-old with a multimillion-dollar offer but has missed out.

“I want to be a part of team success. It was unfortunate that I could not be a part of the Grand Ginal, just as it was for Nic Naitanui and Brad Sheppard. We know there are no guarantees*, but with the rest of the squad I will start pre-season with the aim of creating another opportunity,” Gaff said.

Caitlin Bassett of the Australian Diamonds in action. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraCaitlin Bassett of the Australian Diamonds in action. Picture: Getty Images

NETBALL: Australia was able to outshine New Zealand on the way to a 57-42 victory in the opening Constellation Cup Test at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

The Diamonds sizzled* in the second quarter, outscoring the Silver Ferns 14-6 before running away in the third quarter with a 20-11 term to all but end the match as a contest.

Shooters Caitlin Bassett (17/21) and Steph Wood (7/11) made way for Caitlin Thwaites (21/21) and Gretel Tippett (12/12) in the second half with Tippett providing the highlight of hitting a shot as she fell out of court.

GLOSSARY

cramp: painful contraction of a muscle

coolsuit: suit which cools the drivers mid-race

stints: laps

all-rounder: bats and bowls well

flat: not much bounce

guarantees: certainties

sizzled: showed hot form

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