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The 1972 Bathurst was memorable as it was the first time rain had significantly affected the race. It was won by Peter Brock driving a Holden Dealer Team Torana, the first of Brock’s record nine victories.
Brock finished a lap ahead of Queensland racer John French driving a Ford XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III, this despite Brock being penalised one minute at his last pit stop for starting his car while the HDT crew were still re-fueling.
Pole sitter and winner of the previous two Bathurst races, Allan Moffat, had a race he would rather forget.
After dicing for the lead with Brock in the early laps, Moffat spun his Phase III Falcon at Sulman Park on top of the Mountain in wet conditions.
Although he would fight his way back, he would twice be penalised one minute for restarting his car during pit stops before the re-fueling had been completed. Later in the race the Falcon would also encounter brake problems and Moffat dropped back to finish the race in 9th place, 8 laps down on Brock.