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CHAZ Mostert and Lee Holdsworth didn’t just win the Repco Bathurst 1000, they dominated it.

The #25 Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden achieved the trifecta of pole position, the fastest race lap and the race win; an extremely rare feat in the history of the ‘Great Race’.

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That sweep has never before been achieved by a single car in the ‘Supercars’ era and has in fact happened just three other times in Great Race history.

The first came in just the second year it was possible, given that the grid wasn’t decided on practice/qualifying times until 1967.

In 1968 the Bruce McPhee/Barry Mulholland Holden Monaro GTS 327 upstaged the factory teams from both Ford and Holden to score pole, the fastest race lap and victory.

Brock aboard the A9X in 1979. Pic: Supplied

Eleven years later Peter Brock and Jim Richards’ run to a six-lap win aboard a Holden Dealer Team Torana A9X also included pole position and the fastest lap.

The latter was famously set by Brock on the final lap; an audacious move that has never been repeated!

And the most recent occurrence of the pole/fastest lap/victory treble?

In 1998, the Tom Walkinshaw Racing-run Volvo S40 of Rickard Rydell/Jim Richards romped to all three in the AMP Bathurst 1000 Super Touring race.

Although there are just four cars that have achieved the feat, drivers have done so on two other occasions using multiple cars.

The 1998 TWR Volvo S40. Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

In 1983 Brock set pole position in his #05 HDT Commodore, before scoring the win and the fastest lap aboard #25, shared with Larry Perkins and John Harvey.

Mark Skaife achieved it in even more unusual circumstances in 1991.

He took pole and the race win aboard the #1 Nissan alongside Jim Richards, but actually set the fastest race lap during a stint aboard the #2 Drew Price/Garry Waldon GT-R in the closing stages.

Regardless, Sunday’s domination marked a stark contrast to Mostert’s previous Bathurst triumph in 2014, where the Falcon he shared with Paul Morris started last and led just the final lap.

Mostert and team boss Ryan Walkinshaw celebrate. Pic: Nathan Wong

“It’s completely different,” noted Mostert when comparing his victories in the aftermath of Sunday’s race.

“The first time I started last on the grid and this time I started first on the grid, so I’ve done it from both ends!

“It was such an enjoyable car to drive, all week we were pretty confident we were the car to beat, but as this race goes, a dollar part can end your day.

“We knew we were in the race but if it was going to fall our way, that was up to the Bathurst Gods to decide.”

The #25 Walkinshaw Andretti United Commodore topped six of the 10 Supercars sessions at Bathurst and ended every one inside the top three.

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