SINGLETON racer Ryan Gilroy and Sydney-based co-driver Brianna Wilson brought home a class win and trophy after a dream podium finish at the Toyota 86 Series Bathurst 6 Hour over the Easter long weekend.
Gilroy and Wilson placed 1st overall in Class E, and finished 28th from a 55th place start at the event at Mount Panorama Circuit.
In the Pirtek and RaceAway Track Time sponsored Car 35, the duo managed to set a lap record in their class and took out the win by four laps despite mechanical hiccups during qualifying.
Gilroy, who was driving a Mazda 3-SP25, said the cars in the race were never designed to run six hours completely flat out, so the fact they finished the race was a great achievement in itself.
"But winning our class by over four laps and placing as high as we did outright was absolutely unreal," he said.
The 19-year-old former Hunter Valley Grammar School student said being able to be consistent and fast while looking after the car for the six hours was definitely challenging.
"We had some issues with the car we had to manage while still keeping our pace up," he said.
For Gilroy, it's been a relatively short trip to get from competitive Go karting a few years ago to winning at Bathurst.
"I'm really proud of how far my skill as a driver has come in the last 18 months and being given the opportunities I've been given this year," he said.
He plans to complete the rest of the Toyota 86 series with the Sieders racing team.