Otago Daily Times

Van Gis­ber­gen ‘stoked’ to fi­nally win great race

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- Sports · Extreme Sports · Sydney · Bathurst · South Australia · Australia · Craig Lowndes · Shane Van Gisbergen · Chaz Mostert · Jamie Whincup

SYDNEY: New Zealan­der Shane van Gis­ber­gen yes­ter­day won his first Bathurst 1000 in front of a small crowd around a Mount Panorama cir­cuit that is nor­mally teem­ing with hun­dreds of thou­sands of spec­ta­tors.

Aus­tralian Cameron Wa­ters, who had started on pole, fin­ished sec­ond, while Chaz Mostert was third in The Great Race, which nor­mally at­tracts 200,000 en­thu­si­asts to the in­land city about 200km from Sydney.

Re­stric­tions to curb the spread of Covid­19 lim­ited the num­ber of fans this year to just 4000 per day.

Van Gis­ber­gen and co­driver Garth Tan­der’s win will erase some bit­ter mem­o­ries from 2019 when they fin­ished sec­ond be­hind Scott McLaughlin, who fin­ished fifth yes­ter­day.

‘‘It was just awe­some,’’ van Gins­ber­gen, who also had to con­tend with two safety cars in the fi­nal 10 laps while he fought off a fast­fin­ish­ing Wa­ters, said.

‘‘Stoked to fi­nally win this race.

‘‘The team did a fault­less job. ‘‘What a great way to send out Holden,’’ he added of the car which is be­ing dis­con­tin­ued.

New Zealan­der McLaughlin had al­ready se­cured his third suc­ces­sive Supercars cham­pi­onship ti­tle in the last race in South Aus­tralia in a sea­son that was badly af­fected by the pan­demic.

Four­time race win­ner Jamie Whin­cup crashed out on the 33rd lap af­ter tak­ing the fourth cor­ner, known as The Cut­ting, too wide as he headed up the moun­tain and crashed into the safety bar­ri­ers.

‘‘I was push­ing hard to get through and try­ing to get up the road,’’Whin­cup, whose co­driver was seven­time win­ner Craig Lown­des, said.

‘‘In hind­sight I should have waited an­other lap.’’

The crash dropped him to fourth in the over­all cham­pi­onship stand­ings with Wa­ters mov­ing into sec­ond and van Gis­ber­gen to third. — Reuters

 ?? PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES ?? Dy­namic duo . . . Shane van Gis­ber­gen (right) and Garth Tan­der cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama yes­ter­day.
PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES Dy­namic duo . . . Shane van Gis­ber­gen (right) and Garth Tan­der cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama yes­ter­day.

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