Shane van Gisbergen stated a second win at Bathurst was taking time to sink in after he roared dwelling to seal a repeat of his 2020 triumph with Garth Tander to provide Holden victory in its ultimate race round Mount Panorama.
After six hours and 43 minutes of thrilling and chaotic motion in Australia’s nice race, van Gisbergen handed the chequered flag to an explosion of fireworks only one second forward of second-placed Chaz Mostert.
The reigning Supercars champion beat a determined chasing discipline in what remodeled right into a 39 lap dash, then a 16 lap gallop dwelling after Todd Hazelwood and Will Davison compelled two late security automobiles after six had come earlier within the 1000 kilometre traditional.
“It’s a privilege so as to add to the tally of Holden wins,” van Gisbergen stated. “It’s arduous to place into phrases but it surely’s fairly cool.”
It adopted a chaotic begin at Mount Panorama after 4 automobiles have been retired in two separate incidents. Zac Greatest’s automobile was the mountain’s first casualty, towed off the circuit after veering into the limitations.
When racing resumed on lap 5, Zane Goddard’s Mustang left the monitor as he tried to overhaul and misplaced management re-joining the tarmac. He veered throughout the monitor and was smashed into by Dale Wooden’s Holden, and Matt Campbell’s Ford Mustang joined the pile-up. All three automobiles have been wrecked.
Van Gisbergen had beforehand loved a 12.3-second margin aided by teammate Tander earlier than Hazelwood’s incident triggered Sunday’s seventh security automobile, then Davison went into the wall two corners after his ultimate pit cease.
The New Zealander heroically defended his slim margin forward of 2021 winner Mostert, who hounded him to the ultimate nook, crossing for his his 73rd profession victory and Tander’s fifth at Bathurst.
The win was record-setting for van Gisbergen and cements probably the most dominant season ever in Australian Touring Automobiles and Supercars historical past.
He now has probably the most wins in a season with 19, eclipsing the earlier file of 18 by Scott McLaughlin. The following highest win by any driver in 2022’s competitors is three, shared by Mostert, Waters and Davison.
Triple Eight Racing’s terminator has gained nearly two thirds of races this 12 months and 10 of the final 12 because the July NTI Townsville 500. He has room to increase his file with legs on the Gold Coast and Adelaide to return.
However even having had a 525 level lead earlier than the race, van Gisbergen might want to wait until the following spherical to wrap up the championship as Waters’ podium end means he’s nonetheless mathematically within the hunt for the season title.
Sunday’s win additionally marks the ninth Bathurst title for Triple Eight Racing.
After van Ginsbergen secured a podium place within the latest New Zealand World Rally Class Two Championship final week, he went straight into preparation for one more crack on the mountain.
When requested of any indicators of fatigue, the 33-year-old was coy.
“Tomorrow morning I’m going to be feeling worse,” he joked. “However proper from Thursday I felt on it within the automobile. Driving a lot it simply retains you sharper. Sure there’s some danger – particularly with the rally stuff – however I believe it makes me quite a bit higher.”
Mostert completed second and pole-sitter Waters third, as Holden capped a dream farewell on the mountain with two of three automobiles on the rostrum. Davison’s late crash meant his teammate and brother Alex’s file of ending each begin at Bathurst got here to an finish.