Aussie legend roasted over national anthem gaffe at Bathurst 1000

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Ian Moss, pictured here singing the national anthem at the Bathurst 1000.
Ian Moss appeared to be reading the lyrics to the national anthem off a piece of paper. Image: Channel 7

Aussie music legend Ian Moss copped heavy criticism at the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday after he appeared to be reading the lyrics to the national anthem off a piece of paper.

The Cold Chisel rocker was given the honour of singing Advance Australia Fair before the great race at Mount Panorama, however his performance sparked controversy.

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Many noticed that Moss was glancing down at a piece of paper as he sung that national anthem, appearing to be reading the lyrics.

“I cannot believe the bloke singing our national anthem needs to read the words to the song," tweeted newspaper editor Adam Hill.

“Disgraceful. Doesn’t even hide it when he looks at each line. Poor form. #Bathurst1000.”

Sports reporter Adam Murray said: “I rate Ian Moss but man that was hard to watch.”

Another fan wrote: "Not sure which was worst - Ian Moss singing of our anthem or having the words in front of him".

While another described it as a "Meatloaf moment", referencing Meatloaf's infamous performance at the AFL grand final in 2011.

Chaz Mostert claims second Bathurst 1000 victory

Meanwhile, Chaz Mostert fought back from early dramas to clinch his second Bathurst 1000 crown, denying Shane van Gisbergen back-to-back victories in Australia's most famous motor race.

Van Gisbergen threw everything he could at Mostert, but the Supercars champion suffered tyre troubles with seven laps remaining and slid from just two seconds behind the leader to 18th spot.

Mostert and his Walkinshaw Andretti United co-driver Lee Holdsworth - who is finally a Bathurst 1000 champion at his 18th attempt - were the quickest and most consistent drivers at Mount Panorama all weekend.

But their golden run from pole appeared to be in tatters after Mostert was forced to bring his Commodore into the garage on lap 49 of the 161-lap epic due to a left-wheel puncture.

However, there was no panic in the WAU ranks as Mostert recovered and was able to cross the line almost four seconds ahead of Ford ace Cameron Waters, who finished runner-up for the second year in a row.

Chaz Mostert and Lee Holdsworth, pictured here after winning the Bathurst 1000.
Chaz Mostert and Lee Holdsworth celebrate after winning the Bathurst 1000. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Erebus' Brodie Kostecki achieved his best result on the mountain by coming in third.

Seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup was fourth, narrowly missing out on the podium, in his final race before transitioning into off-track management as Red Bull Ampol's new boss.

It was Mostert's 16th win of his Supercars career and his first Bathurst 1000 victory in a Commodore after an extraordinary 2014 triumph while driving a Ford Falcon.

Mostert has mixed memories at Mount Panorama, with his maiden Bathurst 1000 win - achieved from 25th and last on the grid - was followed up by an horrific crash in 2015 that left him with a broken leg and wrist.

"When we did that tyre, I thought it going to be a tough slog," Mostert said.

"But this car has been speedy all weekend.

"We started on pole and we won the race and every time you start on pole, you never think you're going to win it.

"After I had the tyre drama, I changed my driving style to stay away from all the kerbs and still try to extract speed.

"It's one of those things when you're leading the race with eight laps to go, you start hearing all these funny noises in the car and you never think you're going to get there."

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