Supercars great Mark Skaife leading charge to be inducted into Bathurst 1000 Legends Lane


MARK Skaife is lining up as the next Mount Panorama immortal.

Supercars announced on Thursday that three V8 heroes will be inducted into the Bathurst 1000 Legends Lane on the Friday of this year’s race weekend.

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The Daily Telegraph has learned Skaife — who won Bathurst six times during a remarkable Bathurst career that spanned 26 years — is leading the charge to join last year’s 14 inaugural hall of fame inductees, which included greats Peter Brock, Dick Johnson, Allan Moffat, Colin Bond and Jim Richards.

media_cameraMark Skaife celebrates winning at Bathurst in 2001.

“It is an honour to be announcing three new inductees into Legends Lane,” Supercars boss Sean Seamer said at Thursday’s Bathurst 1000 launch.

“While much of its traditions are forged in touring cars, the mountain also has a history in many forms of motorsport, including bikes and other categories.

“In fact, there are many greats of the mountain who may not have raced a car or ridden a bike but played an equally important part in its history.”

Reigning Bathurst champion Dave Reynolds declared on Wednesday his bid to become a legend in his own right by winning back-to-back crowns at Mount Panorama.

media_cameraPeter Brock and Mark Skaife pictured in 1997.

“I would love nothing more than backing it up with another win,’’ Reynolds said.

“My dream came true last year when I won it – and now all I dream of is winning it again.

media_cameraDefending Bathurst 1000 champion David Reynolds and 1969 winner Colin Bond at Thursday’s launch of the 2018 Bathurst 1000.

“There is no feeling like winning that race and I am determined to do it again. And I feel like I am in a very good position to make it happen.’’

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Originally published as Skaife on the fast track to official legend status



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