In a thrilling day at Mount Panorama, Shane Van Gisbergen has solidified his status as a Bathurst 1000 legend, securing his third victory in this iconic race. Alongside him, young talent Richie Stanaway celebrated his first Bathurst Win, as both drivers are set to depart Triple Eight Race Engineering at seasons end.
The action-packed race saw Brodie Kostecki from Erebus Motorsport in the Coke Camaro claim a commendable second place, while Anton De Pasqualie from Shell V Power Racing took home the third spot on the podium.
Despite early promise, Jamie Whincup and Broc Feeney’s #88 team faced a setback due to a gear selector issue, which forced them into the pits for a lengthy period. Their hopes of a podium finish or even victory were dashed as a result, a similar fate to that of the Legendary Craig Lowndes who battled the same issue all weekend.
Mechanical issues certainly plagued the field with both the #97 and #99 Camaros also having some form of steering issues in the closing laps of the race which set the pace of both competitors in the closing laps.
The atmosphere at Mount Panorama was electric, with over 200,000 fans filling the grid and grandstands. The skies were clear, and the weather was perfect for this highly anticipated Repco Bathurst 1000. The day kicked off with jets soaring overhead, and Natalie Bassingthwaite’s rendition of the National Anthem set the stage for the thrilling race.
Thousands of spectators, including racing legends, celebrities, and fans from all corners, flocked to the circuit for a morning filled with entertainment before the main event. It was a day to remember, with Shane Van Gisbergen’s victory adding another chapter to the Bathurst 1000’s rich history.
In a race that was one of the fastest in recent memory, was only hindered by three safety cars compared to the total of eight in 2022.