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Van Gisbergen/Tander get HRT’s final Bathurst 1000 win

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Sunday 18th October, 2020 - 5:16pm

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Shane van Gisbergen takes the chequered flag

Shane van Gisbergen has prevailed in a three-lap dash to the finish to deliver the official Holden Racing Team its final win in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

After Garth Tander laid the foundation for Triple Eight Race Engineering’s #97 Red Bull HRT entry, van Gisbergen passed Will Davison for first position in tricky conditions on Lap 56.

They effectively led for the 105 laps which remained, meaning a first Great Race victory for the New Zealander and a fourth for Tander, including HRT’s last three, in the year in which the Holden marque was retired.

The #6 Monster Energy Mustang of Cameron Waters and Will Davison trailed them for much of the day, and so it was that Tickford Racing’s lead car would finish second.

The former factory Holden team, Walkinshaw Andretti United, finished third courtesy of Chaz Mostert and Warren Luff I the #25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online ZB Commodore.

Shell V-Power Racing got fourth and fifth, the #12 Mustang of Fabian Coulthard/Tony D’Alberto beating the #17 Mustang of Scott McLaughlin/Tim Slade home after both were caught by an unfortunately timed Safety Car which was called 64 laps from home.

Officially, the margin of victory was 0.8663s after almost six hours and 11 minutes of racing.

Tander led by just shy of six seconds after Lap 80 of 161, with Slade holding second from Will Davison, D’Alberto, and Luff.

The rest of the top 10 at halfway was Mark Winterbottom/James Golding (#18 Irwin Tools ZB Commodore), Lee Holdsworth/Michael Caruso (#5 Truck Assist Mustang), James Courtney/Broc Feeney (#44 Boost Mobile Mustang), Jack Le Brocq/James Moffat (#55 Supercheap Auto Mustang), and Scott Pye/Dean Fiore (#20 DeWalt ZB Commodore).

After a slow rotor change at its preceding pit stop, the #99 Penrite ZB Commodore was back in the top 10 when Anton De Pasquale passed Fiore at Forrest’s Elbow on Lap 87.

Slade had been installed in the #17 Mustang after its fourth pit stop, and was being told to conserve fuel in order to make his minimum 54 laps in the stint which followed.

Even then, the margin to Tander in the #97 ZB Commodore was still 5.9096s after Lap 90, while D’Alberto retained fourth in the #12 Mustang despite running off at The Chase shortly after.

De Pasquale passed Broc Feeney for ninth at Forrest’s Elbow on Lap 95, as Luff kicked off the fifth pit stop cycle.

DJR Team Penske was dealt a strategic double blow when the Safety Car was called on Lap 97, due to Jack Smith (#4 SCT Logistics ZB Commodore) getting stuck in the gravel after being tagged by Brad Jones Racing team-mate Macauley Jones (#3 CoolDrive ZB Commodore) at Murray’s Corner.

Slade was one lap shy of 54 and D’Alberto was forced to stack when everyone who had not recently pitted filed into the lane.

Van Gisbergen was into the #97 ZB Commodore for the run home and he led after the pit stops from Slade, Waters, Mostert, and Winterbottom.

Coulthard hopped into the #12 Mustang which had dropped to sixth, with the top 10 completed by Moffat, De Pasquale, Pye, and Caruso.

Waters picked off Slade at Hell Corner upon the Lap 100 restart and stuck with van Gisbergen across the top, while Mostert applied pressure to Car #17.

Coulthard got by Winterbottom at Griffins on Lap 104 and Mostert went down the inside of Slade at Forrest’s Elbow on the same lap, at which time van Gisbergen was just over four seconds up the road.

The 2014 Great Race winner immediately set consecutive fastest laps while Slade let team-mate Coulthard go on Mountain Straight on Lap 106, given his strategic disadvantage.

Van Gisbergen appeared to have shaken Waters when he was told to build his gap, and he duly set a new fastest lap of 2:06.0040s on Lap 110.

The Triple Eight pilot virtually matched that next time around, then dipped down to a 2:05.9142s on Lap 112, at the end of which he led by 1.5s, and had 5.5s on Mostert.

Slade was over 14 seconds away from the lead when he was called in at the end of Lap 115, DJRTP rolling the dice somewhat on fuel due to the payoff from reinstalling McLaughlin in #17.

Mostert pitted on Lap 118 and took new pads before rejoining in an effective third, while the rest were in two laps later, at which time van Gisbergen was 1.7s ahead of Waters.

They resumed in the same order and Mostert was back to third, while McLaughlin passed Coulthard for fourth up Mountain Straight as the latter came up to speed after his stop.

Winterbottom was sixth and, despite having already notched up 57 laps, co-driver Brodie Kostecki was put back into the #99 ZB Commodore which sat seventh.

Le Brocq was eighth, from Pye and David Reynolds (#9 Penrite ZB Commodore), with 41 laps remaining.

Waters was making ground on van Gisbergen, while Mostert was catching both of them, but McLaughlin’s advances were soon stymied by the need to save fuel.

Car #6 had just about caught Car #97 on Lap 124 but the pole-sitter did not get close enough to shape for a pass before van Gisbergen started to gap him again.

Courtney passed Reynolds for 10th on Lap 124 at Griffins, while van Gisbergen was back to more than a second ahead of Waters on Lap 128.

Waters set a new personal best lap of 2:05.9674s on Lap 132 but he was still slower than van Gisbergen, who responded anyway by going fastest to the second sector on Lap 133 and adding 0.2651s back onto his margin, which stood at 1.6951s.

Pye slipped down the inside of Le Brocq at Forrest’s Elbow on Lap 135 and Courtney got a run on his team-mate, who he then bumped partially onto the grass on Conrod Straight.

The 2010 champion was therefore able to take ninth, at the expense of a bad sportsmanship flag, and Holdsworth also went past the Supercheap Auto Mustang.

McLaughlin pitted on Lap 138 at 16.5s off the lead, but that meant he would also need to stretch his final stint to 23 laps.

Mostert had drifted to 10 seconds away from the lead when he pitted on Lap 140, while van Gisbergen was 3.2s up on Waters when they both pitted for a final time two laps later.

Tickford made an adjustment to the #6 Mustang but Waters still gained a chunk of time in the transit and was only six tenths behind when they got back onto the race track, still in first and second position.

Coulthard had followed them into the pits but was over 24 seconds away from #97 and slotted back into fourth, between Mostert and McLaughlin, after his service.

With that pit cycle done, Winterbottom was sixth from Pye, Holdsworth, De Pasquale, and Courtney.

Moffat was back in the #55 Mustang, in 11th spot, with Le Brocq reportedly experiencing nausea due to a helmet air issue.

Waters had a look at Forrest’s Elbow on Lap 145 and set the then-fastest first sector on Lap 147.

The Tickford driver went on with the lap to set a personal best 2:05.8847s but van Gisbergen had set the very fastest to that point, a 2:05.8801s, meaning the margin was 0.4901s.

The New Zealander reset that on Lap 150 with a 2:05.7705s to extend his lead further to 1.2430s.

He was around 2.1s to the good when a Safety Car was called on Lap 153, with Smith having spun and become beached at The Chase, and Fullwood having crashed at The Esses.

Under Safety Car, van Gisbergen led Waters, Mostert, Coulthard, McLaughlin, Pye, Holdsworth, Winterbottom, De Pasquale, and Courtney.

A restart came on Lap 156 but they only got one green flag lap in before yellows flew again due to a crash for Zane Goddard at McPhillamy Park, with the #34 Unit ZB Commodore coming to rest at The Esses.

The only pass in that time was Courtney on De Pasquale for ninth, but that was after the Safety Car was called and he redressed.

Van Gisbergen backed them up for the final restart and only 0.2253s separated the top two as they took the control line for Lap 159.

The leader gapped Waters slightly on that tour, before belting out the fastest lap of 2:05.6412s on the penultimate lap of the motor race.

That meant Car #97 had 0.9259s in reserve for the final 6.213km, and van Gisbergen would go on to deliver Holden its 34th victory in the Great Race.

Second was Waters/Will Davison, from Mostert/Luff, Coulthard/D’Alberto, McLaughlin/Slade, Pye/Fiore, Holdsworth/Caruso, Winterbottom/Golding, De Pasquale/Brodie Kostecki, and Courtney/Feeney.

McLaughlin officially claimed a third straight championship, with Waters rising to second at season’s end after Jamie Whincup (#888 Red Bull HRT ZB Commodore) crashed the race winning team’s other car on Lap 33.

Race results: 2020 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Drivers Car Laps Race time
1 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team S.van Gisbergen/G.Tander Holden Commodore ZB 161 6:10:56.1143
2 6 Monster Energy Racing C.Waters/W.Davison Ford Mustang GT 161 6:10:56.9806
3 25 Mobil 1 Appliances Online C.Mostert/W.Luff Holden Commodore ZB 161 6:10:57.7232
4 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team F.Coulthard/T.D’Alberto Ford Mustang GT 161 6:10:58.2760
5 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team S.McLaughlin/T.Slade Ford Mustang GT 161 6:10:58.8256
6 20 DEWALT Racing S.Pye/D.Fiore Holden Commodore ZB 161 6:11:00.0833
7 5 Truck Assist Racing L.Holdsworth/M.Caruso Ford Mustang GT 161 6:11:00.8481
8 18 IRWIN Racing M.Winterbottom/J.Golding Holden Commodore ZB 161 6:11:02.2524
9 99 Penrite Racing A.De Pasquale/B.Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 161 6:11:03.7591
10 44 Boost Mobile Racing J.Courtney/B.Feeney Ford Mustang GT 161 6:11:03.8300
11 7 NED Whisky Racing A.Heimgartner/D.O’Keeffe Ford Mustang GT 161 6:11:04.2047
12 19 Local Legends Racing A.Davison/J.Webb Holden Commodore ZB 161 6:11:05.2585
13 3 Team CoolDrive M.Jones/T.Blanchard Holden Commodore ZB 161 6:11:05.5723
14 55 Supercheap Auto Racing J.Le Brocq/J.Moffat Ford Mustang GT 161 6:11:07.5855
15 9 Penrite Racing D.Reynolds/W.Brown Holden Commodore ZB 160 6:11:18.6710
16 22 Team SYDNEY C.Pither/S.Owen Holden Commodore ZB 159 6:11:08.8262
17 15 Castrol Racing R.Kelly/D.Wood Ford Mustang GT 144 6:11:07.7511
18 8 R&J Batteries N.Percat/T.Randle Holden Commodore ZB 133 6:11:31.3113
19 40 Team Valvoline GRM T.Everingham/J.Ojeda Holden Commodore ZB 121 6:11:19.4232
NC 34 UNIT Racing J.Kostecki/Z.Goddard Holden Commodore ZB 155 5:55:01.8782
NC 4 SCT Motor Sports J.Smith/J.Perkins Holden Commodore ZB 149 5:42:46.9917
NC 2 Mobil 1 TM Middy’s Racing B.Fullwood/K.Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 147 5:43:44.2620
NC 35 Yellow Cover Racing G.Jacobson/D.Russell Holden Commodore ZB  62 2:37:32.1950
NC 14 Cub Cadet Mowers T.Hazelwood/J.Boys Holden Commodore ZB  50 1:53:15.1778
NC 888 Red Bull Holden Racing Team J.Whincup/C.Lowndes Holden Commodore ZB  32 1:09:03.8246

Drivers’ championship

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott McLaughlin 2576
2 Cameron Waters 2125
3 Shane van Gisbergen 2095
4 Jamie Whincup 2049
5 Chaz Mostert 1958
6 Fabian Coulthard 1800
7 Nick Percat 1743
8 Anton De Pasquale 1637
9 Scott Pye 1586
10 Mark Winterbottom 1566
11 Lee Holdsworth 1553
12 David Reynolds 1492
13 James Courtney 1476
14 Andre Heimgartner 1444
15 Jack Le Brocq 1396
16 Rick Kelly 1316
17 Todd Hazelwood 1181
18 Bryce Fullwood 1092
19 Macauley Jones 980
20 Chris Pither 866
21 Garry Jacobson 833
22 Jack Smith 812
23 Alex Davison 794
24 Will Davison 507
25 Zane Goddard 438
26 Garth Tander 300
27 Jake Kostecki 290
28 Warren Luff 258
29 Tony D’Alberto 240
30 Tim Slade 222
31 Dean Fiore 204
32 Michael Caruso 192
33 James Golding 180
34 Brodie Kostecki 168
35 Broc Feeney 156
36 Dylan O’Keeffe 144
37 Jonathon Webb 138
38 Tim Blanchard 132
39 James Moffat 126
40 William Brown 120
41 Steve Owen 114
42 Dale Wood 108
43 Thomas Randle 102
44 Tyler Everingham 96
45 Jayden Ojeda 96
46 Craig Lowndes 0
47 Jack Perkins 0
48 Jordan Boys 0
49 David Russell 0
50 Kurt Kostecki 0

Teams’ championship

Pos Car(s) Team/Sponsor(s) Pts
1 12 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team 4376
2 88 97 888 Red Bull Holden Racing Team 4114
3 6 55 Tickford Racing 3521
4 5 23 44 Truck Assist and Boost Mobile Racing 3200
5 9 99 Penrite Racing 3129
6 18 20 Team 18 3122
7 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 3050
8 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 2924
9 7 15 Kelly Racing 2760
10 3 4 Brad Jones Racing 1792
11 19 22 Team Sydney 1720
12 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 1561
13 40 Garry Rogers Motorsport 96

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