Bathurst Endurance Walk of Fame unveiled at the National Motor Racing Museum | western avocado

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ALL winners of the 12 Hours of Bathurst will see their feat engraved in a new path to glory. The Bathurst Endurance Walk of Fame was launched next to the statue of Peter Brock at the National Motor Racing Museum on Thursday afternoon, with Mayor Robert Taylor presenting 2020 winner Jules Gounon with his official winners plaque. Gounon accepted the award on behalf of the 2020 race-winning Bentley M-Sport team, and teammates Jordan Pepper and Maxime Soulet. The Frenchman said he has fond memories of racing on the Mount Panorama circuit. ALSO MAKE THE NEWS: “I’m very happy to see this trophy although I would have liked to share it with Maxime and Jordan because the victory was not just mine,” he said. “It’s amazing to come back and see the history of this museum, especially Peter Brock, who I’m a big fan of.” Victory for Gounon and his team at the 12 Hours of Bathurst in 2020 was thrilling, with the French driver overcoming a late puncture to steal an unlikely victory. “The puncture, I thought we lost it,” Gounon said, reflecting on his victory two years ago. “I was in the car in a good area, I caught up with the leaders and I knew we had the pace for it. Once I started pushing to pass them with the pit stop, we got had the puncture. I thought that was it but luckily with the pit stop we had a really good pace at the end to get the win. The win was so emotional because I really thought we lost it .” While his teammates from his last training at Mont Panorama will not be taking part in the event in 2022, Gounon said he still stays in touch with them. “I’m still very close to them, especially Jordan because we’re around the same age. I think the memory will live together for years to come,” he said. And when asked if he thought he could defend his 12 Hours crown, the Frenchman was confident. “That’s why we are here. I really hope we can fight for the win,” he said. “We have very good amateur riders in Kenny Habul and Martin Konrad and a top factory rider in Luca Stolz. All 12 Hour winners, past, present and future, will be recognized at this new location in the future. The Bathurst 12 Hours will run from 5:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are still on sale for the Bathurst 12 Hours, with children 12 and under enjoying free trackside entry when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are still available for the event via the Ticketek website: https://premier.ticketek.com.au. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date information to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content:

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