BIGGER IS BETTER IN MODEL WORLD

Lowndes 2015 Bathurst winner to be released in 1:12 scale by Biante Model Cars …

THE V8 Sleuth team has a long successful relationship commercially and personally with the Biante Model Cars crew in Perth, so we’re often on the inner circle of hearing about new releases, deals and exciting plans for the future.

So can you imagine how giddy with excitement we got in Townsville recently when they wheeled out a 1:12 scale model of Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards’ 2015 Bathurst-winning Red Bull Commodore VF?

Put simply, bigger is better!

Roughly measuring over 40 centimetres from front to rear and around 17cm from mirror to mirror, we were scared to drop it when we picked it up out of the box!

It’s currently open for pre-orders here with Biante and is $398.99.

Obviously, to keep costs under control it’s a sealed model with no opening doors, bonnet etc, but the detail is still very good – a lot of work is put in by the production team at Biante.

Any Lowndes Bathurst-winning car is special, but it made us ponder last year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and how it unfolded.

The result put Lowndes into the history books of the ‘Great Race’ by claiming his sixth win to place himself alongside Larry Perkins and Mark Skaife.

It also gave Lowndes his 13th podium finish in the Bathurst 1000, eclipsing the record he’d previously shared with his late mentor Peter Brock, Jim Richards and Perkins.

The win came in Lowndes’ 22nd start in the race and went alongside his victory with the Holden Racing Team from 1996 and his successes in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 with Roland Dane’s Triple Eight Race Engineering.

Steve Richards, son of seven-time race winner Jim, claimed his fourth victory and second in three years, having claimed success previously in the race in 1998, 1999 and 2013.

The result came from a lowly 15th position on the grid after rain had effected qualifying on Saturday, which in turn had been carried over from a session abandoned on Friday in the wake of Chaz Mostert’s horrifying accident.

But, come the end of the race, the #888 Red Bull Commodore was out front and leading the pack, taking victory over the chasing Pepsi Max Ford of Mark Winterbottom and Steve Owen.

It was just the second time in race history a winning car had started from 15th on the grid, but the second time achieved by Richards given he had shared victory in 1998 with Jason Bright from that very grid spot.

Despite being Lowndes’ worst qualifying position in more than two decades of racing at Bathurst, the low grid spot was not enough to stop the duo leading 34 of the 161 laps and claiming Holden’s record 30th Bathurst victory.

The victory came in the 55th running of the Bathurst endurance classic, cementing Lowndes as an all-time great of Mount Panorama and Richards as a driver with plenty of years to come in the co-driver’s seat.