Shane van Gisbergen will bow out of Supercars as a three-time Bathurst 1000 champion after becoming the first driver in 15 years to secure consecutive wins at Mount Panorama.

The defending Supercars champion backed up his Bathurst triumph with Garth Tander last year, combining with Richie Stanaway to be the first all-New Zealand pair since Greg Murphy and Steven Richards in 1999 to win the great race.

Starting from sixth on the grid on Sunday, van Gisbergen and Stanaway tore away to upstage Brodie Kostecki and clinch victory over the red-hot favourite by almost 21 seconds.

Kostecki, the championship leader, started from pole after a record-breaking shootout win, but van Gisbergen’s experience and class won out in the 161-lap marathon, witnessed by the third biggest crowd in Bathurst history.

The victory was the first consecutive victory at Bathurst since Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes claimed a third straight crown together in 2008.

“Amazing,” van Gisbergen said post-race.

“We weren’t the fastest car all week but we worked on the race car.

Ford’s fears of more Chevrolet dominance were proved correct as Triple Eight young gun Broc Feeney appeared destined to join van Gisbergen and Kostecki for an all-Camaro podium.

But Feeney was left heartbroken and in tears after experiencing gearbox issues on lap-137 when the 20-year-old and Whincup were placed second.

“I’m gutted. “The track was coming to us, we were real fast out there,” he said.

“This place can be the best but it can also be the worst.”

Shell V-Power’s Anton De Pasquale was the first Ford driver across the line in third.

Van Gisbergen’s 80th career win, and fifth of the season, keeps him well in contention to claim a third-straight Supercars title.

It has been an era of dominance from van Gisbergen, who has won three of the past four Bathurst 1000s after first triumphing during the COVID-effected 2020 season.

The 34-year-old will head to the United States at season’s end to drive full-time in NASCAR, after scoring a stunning win on debut in Chicago in July.

“I’m really gunna miss it,” van Gisbergen said in victory lane after the race.

“I love this place. I’ll be back.

“For now, this is the perfect way to say goodbye.”

In the first Bathurst of the Gen3, post-Commodore era, van Gisbergen’s victory made it 21 of 24 wins to Camaro this season, with no Ford car saluting in multiple races.

Van Gisbergen’s win was salt into the wounds of Ford teams, who were left fuming after Supercars rejected technical adjustments to the Mustangs just days before Australia’s most famous motor race.

Ford’s great hope Cam Waters was out of contention after lap-70 following a crash by his co-driver James Moffat.

Waters, who has started in the top-three for the past five years at Mount Panorama, will remain searching for an elusive victory in the great race.

Moffat caused the third safety car of the 161-lap race after smashing into a wall at The Dipper.

He had to be towed into the garage after the car stopped just before pit-lane and they failed to finish, along with Brad Jones Racing duo Andre Heimgartner and Dale Wood.

Supercars legend Craig Lowndes’s hopes of a surprise victory in his 30th Bathurst 1000 race came to an abrupt halt after 18 laps.

The seven-time Bathurst winner was forced into the pits due to a broken gear lever mount.

The Triple Eight wildcard entry was able to get back on track but not even the incomparable Lowndes could ever make up so much ground and he finished in 26th place.

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Thanks for being with us

Thank you so much for joining Mick and myself for today’s action.

It was not, perhaps, the most thrilling of Bathurst’s, but instead we were able to give a legend of the sport a send off before he heads to NASCAR.

There’s plenty more action to come from across the ABC in terms of live coverage, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Good night.

Podium time

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After the champagne, we get the interviews.

The crowd are asking for a shoey – and are booing when they’re not getting one.

It’s been a six-hour race guys, I’m sure there are laws against that.

Here’s the best from the interviews.

Anton de Pasquale: “We battled all day, but good to end up with a trophy.”

Brodie Kostecki: “We come close but we’ll just have to come back next year and go one better.”

David Russell: “We’ll come back stronger next year”.

Shane van Gisbergen: “YEAH!”

Also Shane van Gisbergen: “This moment, the atmosphere here, I’m really gunna miss all you guys. I’ll be back soon.”

Richie Stanaway: “To come back from basically being retired to being on the top step at Bathurst is a surreal feeling.”

A deserved victory

Great to see van Gisbergen win the Great Race back-to-back and for Stanaway to get his first Bathurst 1000 win, it’s a well-deserved victory for them.

– Adam

They were certainly the best team on the day.

Hard to say Brodie Kostecki was not in the fastest car from Thursday through Saturday – but they don’t give out the big prize on Saturday night, do they.

Van Gisbergen has also been one of the best drivers in recent years in Supercars and surely deserves this as something of a send off.

Richie Stanaway: ‘It’s surreal’

Here’s the co-driver, who confides that the last two hours were the most nervous he has been in his life.

“It’s definitely at the top for me,” he says.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling.

“I knew I had a good shot but you never know at this place.

“I couldn’t be happier.

“It’s so surreal to be with such an iconic team.

“I’ve been quietly hoping for this result all year so, incredible.”

‘This is the perfect way to say goodbye’: Shane van Gisbergen

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Shane van Gisbergen is speaking in pit lane.

“Amazing. We weren’t the fastest car all week but we worked on the race car,” he says.

“Richie did a stellar job.

“The car was falling about a little bit at the end there … Brakes, steering, clutch.”

He says that this is the “perfect way” to say goodbye to Supercars and the mountain, but promises he will be back.

“I’m really gunna miss it,” he says.

“I love this place. I’ll be back.

“For now, this is the perfect way to say goodbye.”

‘Let’s get on the roof’

A shake of the hands and a hug between the two co-drivers.

Then Richie Stanaway says: “Let’s get on the roof.”

And up they get on their Chevrolet.

That’s Triple Eight’s tenth win at the Bathurst 1000

Shane van Gisbergen wins Bathurst!

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Shane van Gisbergen gets his victory lap, the crowd heralding the champion as he completes the final circuit of the Mount Panorama circuit.

For the third time in the last four years, Shane van Gisbergen of Triple Eight Red Bull Racing is Bathurst 1000 champion!

A wipe of his brow and a delivers a wry smile from under his helmet.

Now he’s shredding his tyres to oblivion in a cloud of white smoke.

Brodie Kostecki finishes second.

Anton de Pasquale gets hits first podium of his career at Bathurst.

Final lap: Shane van Gisbergen has no radio!

OK, turns out Shane van Gisbergen’s radio is out, so the pit board is out to remind him that he has just one lap to go before be becomes a three-time Bathurst champion.

1. Shane van Gisbergen/Richie Stanaway (Triple Eight/Chevrolet):

2. Brodie Kostecki/David Russell (Erebus/Chevrolet): +22.3

3. Anton de Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto (Dick Johnson Racing/Ford): +9.4

4. Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth (Walkinshaw Andretti United/Ford): +10.4

5. David Reynolds/Garth Tander (Grove/Ford): +7.8

Lap 159: The victory procession is on

It’s not a thrilling end to the great race but a hugely impressive performance nonetheless.

Shane van Gisbergen is getting ready to celebrate.

1. Shane van Gisbergen/Richie Stanaway (Triple Eight/Chevrolet):

2. Brodie Kostecki/David Russell (Erebus/Chevrolet): +24.4

3. Anton de Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto (Dick Johnson Racing/Ford): +7.8

4. Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth (Walkinshaw Andretti United/Ford): +9.8

5. David Reynolds/Garth Tander (Grove/Ford): +7.9

Lap 158: Broc Feeney limps back out on track

Broc Feeney is back out on track.

He’ll be a long way off the lead lap, but if he does finish he will get a handful of championship points that could be useful.

Lap 157: Five laps to go

1. Shane van Gisbergen/Richie Stanaway (Triple Eight/Chevrolet):

2. Brodie Kostecki/David Russell (Erebus/Chevrolet): +23.8

3. Anton de Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto (Dick Johnson Racing/Ford): +6.6

4. Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth (Walkinshaw Andretti United/Ford): +9.7

5. David Reynolds/Garth Tander (Grove/Ford): +7.0

Lap 156: Chaz Mostert hunting a podium

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Chaz Mostert has taken a couple of tenths of a second out of third-place runner Anton De Pasquale.

I don’t think he’ll be able to chase down his fellow Ford driver – the gap is still 10 seconds, but it’s one to keep our eyes on.

Lap 154: Van Gisbergen takes half a second in that lap

Scrap that – Van Gisbergen is clearly being more conservative in both steering and acceleration than you might expect, but he is taking half a second out of Brodie Kostecki per lap.

It’s hugely impressive from the defending king of the mountain.

Lap 152: Shane van Gisbergen complains of poor steering!

Oh my, hang on a minute, get that champagne back on ice.

Does Shane van Gisbergen have an issue?

“I’m moving the steering and I’m not feeling anything,” van Gisbergen says.

He is reporting a dead spot in his steering we’re hearing now.

He’s been told that he can back off and still win this race comfortably, but is this car being held together by a wing and a prayer at the moment?

1. Shane van Gisbergen/Richie Stanaway (Triple Eight/Chevrolet):

2. Brodie Kostecki/David Russell (Erebus/Chevrolet): +23.7

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3. Anton de Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto (Dick Johnson Racing/Ford): +5.7

4. Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth (Walkinshaw Andretti United/Ford): +10.2

5. David Reynolds/Garth Tander (Grove/Ford): +5.4

Brock Feeney: ‘This place can be the best but it can also be the worst’

A truly devastated Brock Feeney has just been speaking on Fox Sports.

“I don’t know what to say,” he says.

“I’m gutted.

“The track was coming to us, we were real fast out there.

“This place can be the best but it can also be the worst.

“It’s all about the rollercoaster journey.”

As he points out, he’s 21 in a few weeks so will have plenty more opportunities you’d hope.

“It felt like it just slipped through today.”

Impressive four-day attendance

The official four-day attendance has been announced as 204,069.

That’s not bad on a beautiful weekend in Bathurst.

Lap 150: The Bathurst 1000 is Shane van Gisbergen’s to lose

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1. Shane van Gisbergen/Richie Stanaway (Triple Eight/Chevrolet):

2. Brodie Kostecki/David Russell (Erebus/Chevrolet): +25.1

3. Anton de Pasquale/Tony D’Alberto (Dick Johnson Racing/Ford): +4.7

4. Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth (Walkinshaw Andretti United/Ford): +11.0

5. David Reynolds/Garth Tander (Grove/Ford): +4.5

Lap 149: Here comes Shane van Gisbergen, into the pits

Here he comes – his final stop of the race.

How much time is he going to have?

Plenty you’d think – no real risk, no stress for the pit crew.

He had a buffer of 1:26.1.

Four brand new tyres ready to go on the Red Bull Chevrolet.

They clear out the rubber detritus from the wheel base.

There was a little fist bump in the cockpit as well.

The fuel is in, he is released and he’s 13 laps away from Bathurst glory.

Lap 148: Shane van Gisbergen stays out…

Interesting.

He has a 1:25.4 buffer to play with.

His pit crew are in position.

Brodie Kostecki has been nursing the car through the first lap of his new stint.

But Shane van Gisbergen might want a bit more just to be certain.

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