Craig Lowndes has produced a brilliant drive to win his seventh Bathurst 1000, taking advantage of an ailing David Reynolds to clinch victory at Mount Panorama.

Last year’s winner Reynolds led for most of the day, but Lowndes thrilled the big crowds on the mountain by pushing him close as the race entered its final 30 laps.

Eventually a cramping Reynolds was unable to hold off Lowndes who overtook him on lap 135 of the 161-lap race.

Reynolds’ cramping led him to spin the wheels in his final fuel stop, drawing a pit lane penalty, leaving Lowndes — partnered by Steven Richards — to go on to win by six seconds from Scott Pye, with Scott McLaughlin in third.

Richards — the son of seven-time Bathurst winner Jim Richards — earned his fifth win in the Great Race, his second partnering Lowndes following their win in 2015.

Erebus Motorsport’s Reynolds was attempting to become the first man since Lowndes (who won every year from 2006 to 2008) to win consecutive editions of the Bathurst 1000.

Craig Lowndes and Steve Richards, winners of the 2018 Bathurst 1000