13 OCT 2019
Holden secures podium at the great race
Two Holdens have finished on the podium after a final lap dash that settled a nail-biting 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander brought home their #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Commodore in second, just 0.6 seconds behind Scott Mclaughlin after over 6 hours of action-packed racing.
"Man second sucks, but well done to the winners, that's pretty awesome for them," said van Gisbergen
"It's always an awesome crowd out here, I'll keep trying I have a lot of years left so I'm just stoked to be up here again,
"Thanks to my great team at Red Bull Holden Racing, cheers, what an awesome weekend!"
After an interrupted start which saw the field complete two formation laps, Garth Tander looked like he never left the main game completing faultless co-driver efforts, stint after stint throughout the 161 lap feature.
"I can't thank the team enough they have been fantastic with welcoming me into the team, and Shane has been fantastic to drive with," said Tander.
"What a great start to our relationship and I couldn't have asked for a better guy to have in the car for that last lap at the end, but Scotty was too fast,
"Thanks to all the supporters, we'll be back!"
Walkinshaw Andretti United's James Courtney and Jack Perkins finished an amazing third after glancing the wall on top of the mountain and wrestling the car across the line with help from a run of safety car periods late in the race.
Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes, who were contenders for the win the majority of the race, finished just off the podium in fourth, after gambling with fuel and getting dealt yellow flags in return.
David Reynolds and Luke Youlden were able to turn around an out of character qualifying result on the mountain crossing the line in fifth and stella result for the Penrite Racing Team.
Another Holden team with a solid weekend was Team 18 with Mark Winterbottom and 2018 Bathurst winner Steven Richards powering their IRWIN Racing Team Commodore to a seventh-place result.
Podium favourites Scott Pye and Warren Luff drove hard all-day behind the wheel of their Winning Appliances Commodore securing eighth.
The standout Holden performance was Boost Mobile Racing Team's #34 Commodore of James Golding and Richard Muscat who with just over 20 laps remaining were in contention for the lead, an absolutely outstanding performance for the young pair - but a wheel nut issue late in the race say the duo finish twelfth.
Over 200,000 screaming fans flocked to the mountain to enjoy what was one of the truly memorable Bathurst 1000 races.
Round 13 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship takes crews to the Gold Coast 600 for the second round of the Pirtek Enduro Cup on Oct 25-27.