Shane van Gisbergen wins the exciting Bathurst 1000 ahead of Cameron...

Holden driver Shane van Gisbergen has won his first Bathurst 1000 and held Ford’s Cameron Waters back on Mount Panorama in a tight finish.

Important points:

  • Shane van Gisbergen finished second last year and in 2016
  • His co-driver Garth Tander had won the race three times before that year – in 2000, 2009 and 2011
  • Safety cars with nine and five remaining laps compressed the field in the final phase

Two late safety cars compressed the field in the final phase and turned the final phase of the 161-lap race over 1000 km into a dramatic 18 km shootout.

However, New Zealander Van Gisbergen was good enough to keep the distance between himself and his pursuers and take the win by just 0.8663 seconds. That made it better than his second place in 2016 and 2019.

His co-driver Garth Tander secured his fourth victory in the 161-lap race after pulling out the 2000, 2009 and 2011 editions.

Chaz Mostert took third place for Holden to round out the podium, ahead of Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin in the Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustangs.

Jamie Whincup caused the first drama of the race when he went too far at turn three and hit his Holden against the wall. On lap 33 he pulled out the first safety car of the day and ended the race of his and veteran Craig Lowndes early.

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By this point, Waters had overtaken early leader McLaughlin and set an imposing pace to distance himself from McLaughlin’s co-driver Tim Slade.

The pack was compressed again after Jordan Boys spun and slammed his cub Cadet Mowers Holden into the wall on lap 52 for the second safety car of the day, but the race really got tougher when the promised rain hit the mountain on lap 53 fell after the safety car was brought in.

Van Gisbergen came on the occasion in slippery conditions and pushed forward while the rest of the field struggled for grip during the brief shower.

Van Gisbergen and Tander led from that point and never gave up their positions during the tense, tactical mid-phase of the race and its dramatic, rapid-fire conclusion.

Waters and van Gisbergen were clear in front and dueled for first place with an exemplary representation of faultless high-pressure driving until two falls forced the safety car to come out nine laps before the end.

SCT Motor Sports’s Jack Smith slipped into a sand trap, and almost at the same time Bryce Fullwood’s Mobil 1 locked Middy’s Racing Holden in and hit a couple of walls on top of the mountain.

The race continued with six laps to go, but shortly after Zane Goddard crashed into another wall and was stranded on the track with three work bikes, this resulted in another safety car and a dramatic finish.

Throughout the tension, van Gisbergen stayed cool and drove masterfully away from his rivals to claim his first Peter Brock trophy.

Relive the drama on our live blog.

Live-Updates

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:59 pm

By Simon Smale

Shane van Gisbergen wins Bathurst 1000

We’ll wrap up the live coverage here for now.

Thank you for joining me during the day. It was my pleasure to bring you all of the action from Mount Panorama.

It’s too easy to forget that this was the ONLY endurance race of the season on one of the toughest tracks in motorsport.

Shane van Gisbergen has come this close, no closer than last year, but this time he excelled and drove away from a field that was pushing its limits, driving flawlessly lap after lap.

I hope you enjoyed the coverage and see you again next time.

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:51 pm

By Simon Smale

“So special to win here”: Shane van Gisbergen

Shane van Gisbergen understandably smiled on the podium.

He said he had serious doubts as to whether he would ever get a chance to win the race after getting close in recent years.

“So special to win here. As close as you can and then you just start to doubt, especially in the final laps when you start thinking about what’s going to go wrong.

“But the car ran perfectly all day and got better and better.”

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:51 pm

Audience comment by Bob Gibson

Congratulations Holden Team on seeing you go out on a fire of glory

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:49 pm

Audience comment from Peter

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:46 pm

By Simon Smale

I’ve never driven so hard: Chaz Mostert

Chaz Mostert was interviewed on the podium, where the Ford driver acknowledged that he had never pushed so hard.

“I did not [ever driven so hard]“Said Mostert on the podium.

“It felt like a forest fire in the end. Congratulations to those guys behind me. They did a fantastic job all day providing entertainment for everyone across the country.

“A big thank you to our entire team here and in Melbourne. It’s been a tough year and to all Holden fans, thank you for supporting us this year and we’ll see what happens next year.

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:42 pm

By Simon Smale

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1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:39 pm

By Simon Smale

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1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:39 pm

By Simon Smale

Scott McLaughlin wins the Supercar Championship

This was confirmed in the last race, but Scott McLaughlin was awarded the Supercars Championship Trophy after possibly the last race in Supercars.

“Congratulations to Shane and 888 Racing on their win today. You did it today.

“It was an amazing year. I think the camaraderie between teams.

“Obviously last year was pretty full, in fact then this year… everyone knows how hard it was for everyone and there have been many good tough races, the best we’ve ever had.

“We didn’t have a turnaround to come back and fix the cars. We thank the Victorian teams for the sacrifices they have made for us, their families, the sport and the volunteers

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:33 pm

By Simon Smale

“I didn’t need the last safety car,” said Garth Tander

Garth Tander, now a four-time Bathurst winner, also spoke to the TV team.

“It was fine until there were two left and the last reboot didn’t need one,” said Tander.

“Great job Shane, how he did the last three stints, great, very impressive.

“It will take a while to settle in. It’s been such a strange year, sitting on the couch for six months and then being on the road for five weeks to do the race, a very special one and I’ll sit back and enjoy it. ”

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6.30 a.m.

Audience comment from Gaia

Great job on the blog today Simon. Nail biters of a finish! I tried to send some more rain to the races, but it fizzled out on the way there.

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6.30 a.m.

Audience comment by Jk

Brilliant! Great way to end the Holden brand.

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6.30 a.m.

Audience comment by Ritchie McC

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6.30 a.m.

Audience comment from Han

I’ve either been going to Bathurst or checking it out since 1963. Fabulous memories and one today. Thanks Simon (wan-Kenobi).

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6.30 a.m.

By Simon Smale

“I wish my mother and father were here”: Shane van Gisbergen


Here is Shane van Gisbergen, the 62nd Bathurst winner.

“Simply great,” said van Gisbergen.

“The final laps were tough with the safety car, but the team did a flawless job. Thanks to the guys, we had a great car and a great way to send out Holden. Thanks to Garth Tander he did a great job. ”

“I wish my mother and father were here.

“Every time [Cameron Waters] came closer in turn two with good grip and I knew I would be fine. The last few stints were just qualifying, just great.

„“[It was a] real track position race, super difficult to overtake when the rain came.

“I was a little slow at the beginning and I started walking and that brought us forward and we never left there. Great day.”

He said he was looking forward to returning to New Zealand on Tuesday to celebrate.

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:26 pm

Audience comment from Graeme

Great way to say goodbye to Holden

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:26 pm

By Simon Smale

Celebration time for Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander
1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:25 pm

By Simon Smale

Thanks Simon, exciting blog, can I just ask when will Dan be?

– I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.

No Dan, but we will hear from Shane van Gisbergen very soon as I would expect.

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:24 pm

Audience Commentary by David (in Japan)

I was kept in the loop all day thanks to your great comment – much appreciated

1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:24 pm

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1hhour in frontSunSunday 18 Oct.October 2020 at 6:24 pm

By Simon Smale

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