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It was Holden’s remaining race within the Australian Supercars sequence, and the marque went out in model on the Bathurst 1000. The No. 97 Holden Commodore piloted by Shane van Ginsbergen and Garth Tander took maintain of the lead after a brief rain bathe about midway by the race, and the duo got here throughout the end line in first place. It additionally signifies that, after years of attempting, van Ginsbergen is lastly a Bathurst 1000 winner.
That’s to not say it was a simple race on the mountain, particularly within the final 10 laps, which noticed two totally different restarts that saved competitor Cam Waters on the No. 97’s tail. However with a win in sight, nobody can be stopping van Ginsbergen. He set the quickest lap of the race on the penultimate lap and took the checkered flag.
“The previous few laps have been actually tough with the security automobiles,” van Ginsbergen mentioned after the race. “However the group did a faultless job, the automotive acquired higher all weekend. Due to Garth, he did an superior job. I simply want mum and pop have been right here.”
Concerning the restarts, he famous the next:
“I knew so long as I acquired by Flip 2, I’d be positive. Every time [Waters] acquired fairly shut, however I acquired by Flip 2 with good grip and knew I’d be okay. However man, all these final three stints have been qualifying laps. Simply superior.”
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Whereas DJR Crew Penske driver Scott McLaughlin had already secured the championship earlier than coming into the Bathurst 1000, the New Zealander remains to be a post-race speaking level. He’s set to make his IndyCar debut subsequent weekend on the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and in interviews after the 1000, he appeared to trace that it is likely to be his new everlasting residence.
“I’ve completed all the things I needed to attain [in Supercars], no matter how St. Pete goes,” he mentioned. “I mentioned I needed to win a Bathurst, a championship, and be a constant front-runner. I actually needed to try to transfer up that leaderboard with wins and poles, and I’m actually happy with all that.
“Whether it is [the end of my Supercars career], I’m fully happy.”
1. No. 91 Holden Commodore ZB: Shane Van Ginsbergen and Garth Tander
2. No. 6 Ford Mustang GT: Cameron Waters and Will Davison
three. No. 25 Holden Commodore ZB: Chaz Mostert and Warren Luff
four. No. 12 Ford Mustang GT: Fabian Coulthard and Tony D’Alberto
5. No. 17 Ford Mustang GT: Scott McLaughlin and Tim Slade