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Shane Van Gisbergen has been stripped of his chance to take pole for the 2022 Repco Bathurst 1000 Pole Chance due to a penalty.

Shane Van Gisbergen : Bathurst | Holden | Farewell

Van Gisbergen had just gone fastest in the first sector and was looking to improve on his fourth position when he came across Jones over the top of the Mountain.

He made contact with Jones that led to Jones rotating and hitting the wall.

Supercars stewards have since confirmed that he will be handed a three-spot grid penalty following tomorrow’s Top 10 Shootout.

That means he won’t be in contention for pole for the Great Race.

After investigating the incident the stewards noted: “Following a DRD Investigation and an admission by Car 97, Shane van, of a breach of Schedule B2, Article 2.1.1 (Careless Driving) for the Incident involving contact with Car 96, Macauley Jones, at Turn 13, the Stewards imposed a 3 Grid Spot penalty in Race 30 for Car 97, Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander.”

Shane Van Gisbergen : Bathurst | Holden | Farewell

Shane Van Gisbergen Bathurst

Gisbergen has sent Holden out perfectly in the brand’s final Bathurst 1000 in a thrilling and chaotic race. 

Shane Van Gisbergen has sent Holden out a winner at Bathurst, surviving absolute carnage on the mountain to claim the famous race victory.

The weekend had been marked by chaos across the weekend after storms on Saturday resulted in the Top 10 shootout being cancelled for the first time in history and it was no different on race day.

But it was Van Gisbergen and his teammate Garth Tander who claimed the top step on the podium in a race that doubles as the final time Australia will see a Holden Commodore racing in the Bathurst 1000 with the Aussie classic getting replaced by the GM Camaro next year. 

Shane Van Gisbergen : Bathurst | Holden | Farewell

Holden 

Gisbergen says it is an honour to deliver Holden a Bathurst victory in its final Great Race.

Van Gisbergen denied Chaz Mostert in a thrilling climax to the Repco Bathurst 1000.

It was the second time in three years that van Gisbergen and Garth Tander combined to win the race.

In 2020, van Gisbergen and Tander scored victory in Holden’s last event with a factory squad.

That race came in front of a reduced crowd due to the lasting effects of COVID-19.

Fast forward two years, and van Gisbergen and Tander were able to celebrate in front of a sea of red.

The Chevrolet Camaro will replace the Commodore when the Gen3 era commences in 2023.

Both van Gisbergen and Tander revved up the crowd when they accepted the Peter Brock Trophy.

“It was awesome,” van Gisbergen said on the podium.

Shane Van Gisbergen : Bathurst | Holden | Farewell

“Compared to 2020, to have all the people here, and in this weather, thank you guys so much.

“To send Holden out like this is epic… up the Holden!

“It’s a special way to send it out.

“Hopefully we can add a few more wins to the Commodore.”

Tander, whose 642 career starts have come in Commodores, said: “A special thanks to all the Holden fans who have supported Holden.

“Over the entire journey, it was fantastic to have you along for the ride.

“We hope you join us at Chevrolet Racing next year.”

Van Gisbergen celebrated the 2020 win in fitting style when he pinched a fan’s Holden flag from the side of the track. 

Shane Van Gisbergen Farewell

Shane Van Gisbergen : Bathurst | Holden | Farewell

Gisbergen has roared home to a second Bathurst title in three years alongside Garth Tander to give Holden victory in its final race around Mount Panorama.

After six hours and 43 minutes of thrilling and chaotic action at Australia’s great race, van Gisbergen roared past the chequered flag to an explosion of fireworks just one second ahead of second-placed Chaz Mostert.

The reigning Supercars champion beat a desperate chasing field in what transformed into a 39 lap sprint, then a 16 lap gallop home after Todd Hazelwood and Will Davison forced two late safety cars after six had come earlier in the 1000 kilometre classic.

Van had previously enjoyed a 12.3 second margin aided by teammate Tander before Hazelwood’s incident, then Davison went into the wall two corners after his final pit stop.

The New Zealander heroically defended his slim margin ahead of Mostert, who hounded him to the final corner, crossing for his second Bathurst triumph and the fifth for Tander.

“It’s special. I’m rapt,” van Gisbergen told Fox Sports.

Teammate Tander was flabbergasted at the New Zealander’s effort after moving to equal-fourth for all time Bathurst wins. 

By Rishabh

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