THE MOUNTAIN MARATHON MAN

ALEX Davison has achieved a unique feat in Bathurst 1000 history and he’s looking to extend his unbroken record streak of finishes in the big race on October 18 at Mount Panorama.

The Team Sydney driver, who will share the #19 Local Legends Commodore with team boss Jonathon Webb, has a 100% finishing record in the Bathurst 1000 since his debut back in 2004.

Davison has started and finished 15 Bathurst 1000s, making him the clear record holder for the most race starts of any driver with a 100% finishing record in the history of the race.

Next best on the list behind Davison with six starts and six finishes are the late Warren Weldon (1963-1968), Ron Kearns (1966, 1968-1972), Andrew Thompson (who finished eighth with Davison on debut in 2007) and Chaz Mostert.

Thompson and Mostert both had years where they failed to start the race – the former missed the 2008 race after a practice accident involving co-driver Paul Weel and the latter missed the 2015 race after his nasty qualifying crash on the Friday afternoon.

Whincup and Davison finished ninth in the 2004 Bathurst 1000. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.

Davison’s first Bathurst 1000 came in a Castrol Perkins Commodore VX alongside Jamie Whincup in 2004 and he’s only missed one ‘Great Race’ since then – 2016.

His best finish remains fourth alongside younger brother Will in an Erebus Mercedes in 2014 and he’s collected seven top 10 finishes along the way.

In fact, Whincup is second only to Davison in Bathurst 1000 history for the highest percentage of finishes by drivers starting seven or more ‘1000s.

Whincup has finished 17 of his 18 starts for a 94% finishing rate, followed by Peter Brown (92%, 11/12), Ray Gulson (91%, 21/23), Digby Cooke (90%, 9/10) and Rick Kelly (89%, 17/19).

Gulson holds the record for most finishes in a row from his debut Bathurst race onwards – he finished his first 16 in a row before his first ‘DNF’ in 1986. However, along the way he also failed to start the race after practicing in 1976 and 1981.

Should Davison be able to finish this year’s race he’ll tie Gulson for this unique place in ‘The Great Race’ record books.

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Alex Davison and David Brabham on the 2011 Drivers Parade at Bathurst. Photo: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith.
With over 20 years in the Australian motorsport industry, Noonan is the head of V8 Sleuth. He’s held a range of roles including working in television with Seven and Ten, print media and public relations. With a specialty in Australian motorsport history, he’s known around racing paddocks as ’the Sleuth’ and started his motorsport media career in 1997.