Ferrari claims Bathurst glory as rivals’ tempers flare
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.