Sport Bathurst champ announces Supercars retirement

06:35  27 november  2019
06:35  27 november  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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The Bathurst 1000 is a 1,000-kilometre (620 mi) touring car race held annually on the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst , New South Wales, Australia.

a black car driving on a road: Luke Youlden in action at Sandown.© Getty Luke Youlden in action at Sandown. Former Bathurst winner Luke Youlden has announced his retirement from Supercars.

The 41-year-old has been a fixture at every endurance race since 2000, and stood on the top step of the podium at Mt Panorama in 2017, when he shared an Erebus Commodore with David Reynolds.

He also finished third at Bathurst in 2003 with Steve Ellery, and had a further nine top-10 finishes.

"After 20 years I have decided to step away from Supercars as a driver," Youlden said.

"It's getting increasingly difficult to turn up off the couch and race at the top level and then not race one of these cars for another 8 months.

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"I've done that for 20 years and I think I've done a good job, and I'm proud of the fact I have managed to hang around for so long.

"I have the most Bathurst's under my belts without having done any sprint rounds so to be able to match the other guys is my badge of honour."

Youlden had a difficult 2019 Bathurst campaign, crashing his Commodore during Thursday practice, although he and Reynolds were able to come through the field to finish fifth, despite starting from 22nd on the grid.

The pair then finished third in the Sunday race on the Gold Coast two weeks later, although the endurance season ended on a disappointing note when Youlden crashed during the Sandown 500.

Youlden will stay with Erebus in the future, primarily in a driver training role.

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"From day one I knew I had found a home at Erebus and I was never going to drive with anyone else, I'm just stoked I can continue to be a big part of the family and the business moving forward," he said.

"I want to thank Betty and Barry and the entire team for the last three years and obviously ticking that Bathurst box; I'd like to think I was a big part of that win."

Team boss Barry Ryan says it was an easy decision to keep Youlden as part of the team.

"What Luke has done for us is incredible, and we all have so much respect for him as a driver and as a person," Ryan said.

"We've always said he is the 'baseline' for who we want all of our drivers to be; he's always organised, respectful, fast, great with fans and media, and most of all a top bloke.

''What guys like Luke bring to an organisation is invaluable and the entire team love having him around.

"He is a great support to Dave and Anton and our young drivers as he has walked in their shoes and with the Erebus Academy as well as other initiatives moving forward, Luke will be an integral part of that."

Bathurst legend announces Supercars retirement .
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