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BATHURST PODIUMS TRIGGER $65,000 IN CHARITY DONATIONS

THE make-up of the Repco Bathurst 1000 podium resulted in a total of $65,000 in donations to charities.

Chaz Mostert’s triumph with Lee Holdsworth will see a total of $40,000 to Dolly’s Dream, a charity established in 2018 after 14-year-old Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett took her own life after facing bullying and cyberbullying.

Mostert first became aware of the charity in the wake of the 2018 Bathurst 1000, when he received a deluge of negative messages on social media following his mid-race collision with a teammate.

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Sunday’s triumph has resulted in Walkinshaw Andretti United sponsors Optus and Morris Finance each donating $20,000 to Dolly’s Dream, for which Mostert has been an ambassador since 2019.

“It started as a bit of a bet: if we ended up getting a Bathurst podium (Optus) would put up $20,000 to a charity of my choice which would be Dolly’s Dream, so we did that,” Mostert explained.

“But coming with that, I have got to do a teal mohawk for Newcastle next year so watch this space.

“Then one of our media guys, AJ (Andrew Wiles), worked pretty hard to get another $20,000 out of Morris Finance for Dolly’s Dream too, so $40k is coming Dolly’s Dream’s way. I think that’s unbelievable.”

Brodie Kostecki and David Russell’s third place result has also added $25,000 to Shaw and Partners’ donation to the Erebus Motorsport charity partner Feel the Magic.

The Shaw and Partners Foundation announced prior to the race that it would donate $25,000 for each Erebus Holden that made the Top Ten Shootout, with an additional $25,000 per car that finished the race in the top 10.

With $50,000 already bound for the charity following Kostecki and Will Brown’s sensational qualifying efforts, the former’s maiden Bathurst podium will result in a total of $75,000 heading to Feel the Magic.

“It’s awesome to give to charity and Earl (Evans) from Shaw & Partners put us under a lot of pressure in qualifying to make the Shootout, so I have to say thanks to him for doing that,” Kostecki said.

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