Fer­rari claims Bathurst glory as ri­vals’ tem­pers flare

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Fer­rari driv­ers Toni Vi­lan­der, Jamie Whin­cup and Craig Lown­des took vic­tory in the Bathurst 12 Hour race as Shane van Gis­ber­gen dra­mat­i­cally crashed out.

The HTP Motorsport Mercedes elected not to change tyres for the last stint giv­ing them track po­si­tion, but Whin­cup – van Gis­ber­gen’s Aus­tralian Su­per­cars team-mate – fought his way past with a gutsy move on the grass on the Con­rod Straight as he and van Gis­ber­gen clashed doors.

Shortly af­ter, Kiwi van Gis­ber­gen touched a kerb at The Esses and crashed. He’d ear­lier punted a Porsche 911 off caus­ing a safety car pe­riod.

Af­ter the race van Gis­ber­gen’s team­mate Maro En­gel crit­i­cised him, say­ing: “All I’ve seen this week­end is mis­takes from Shane.”

He later apol­o­gised for his in-the­mo­ment com­ments. “I’ve spo­ken to Shane,” said En­gel. “He’s apol­o­gised to me for ba­si­cally end­ing the race, and I’ve apol­o­gised to him for blow­ing up on TV. I prob­a­bly shouldn’t have given an in­ter­view at that stage, that’s fair to say. It wasn’t the right time to give an in­ter­view.”

The Com­pe­ti­tion Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 crew of David Calvert-Jones, Patrick Long, Marc Lieb and Matt Camp­bell man­aged sec­ond while Oliver Jarvis scored a podium on his Bent­ley de­but, crew­ing a Con­ti­nen­tal GT3 with fel­low Brits Steven Kane and Guy Smith.

Fer­rari trio took the vic­tory

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