Holden's Shane van Gisbergen wins Bathurst 1000

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2020

In teaming up with, now four-times victor Garth Tander, van Gisbergen conquered Mount Panorama for the first time to claim the 161-lap enduro on Sunday.

The 31-year-old New Zealander was able to do just that, claiming his first victory at Mt Panorama after previously recording two second-place finishes, in 2016 and 2019.

Chaz Mostert, who won a dramatic Bathurst 1000 in 2014 driving a Ford, ensured four Holden drivers stood on the podium by coming third - with co-driver Warren Luff.

It was van Gisbergen's 40th Supercars career win and the 34th time a Holden vehicle has won at Mount Panorama.

"Obviously Brodie was making it pretty difficult out there - that's not his fault, he's entitled to go as hard as he can and was doing nothing untoward", Whincup told host broadcaster Fox Sports.

The safety auto was called onto the track as Whincup was taken off.

"Oh my goodness me".

"It's just awesome", he said.

Post-session the BJR auto was sent to the weight scales and was found to be underweight by 2kg three times, giving officials no other choice than to remove the shootout lap that Percat set and putting them last of the shootout runners after getting up to fourth in the session.

"It's a great way to send out Holden".

It was an emotional day for the racing category with Holden, one of the cornerstones of the series, pulling out of motorsport with the conclusion of the 2020 season.

Percat is a former victor of the Bathurst 1000, having won in 2011 as a rookie with Garth Tander while Thomas Randle only has one start to his name though has been quick around the Mount Panorama Circuit, winning the Super2 race before the shootout this afternoon.

It was a popular move among fans, who hailed what had been a thrilling race on social media after the chequered flag.

The result means Commodores have won five of the past six Bathurst 1000s, with only Scott McLaughlin (2019) saluting for Ford since 2015.

In paying tribute to the brand, van Gisbergen stuck a Holden flag in his vehicle as he completed his victory lap.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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