Bathurst at all times delivers drama and stress, heartbreak and an unpredictable narrative, and this 12 months was no exception.
There was an early shock on lap 33 when a number of race winner Jamie Whincup, one of the vital skilled males within the discipline, crashed out, guaranteeing that neither he nor his veteran accomplice Craig Lowndes could be including to their Bathurst tally.
Waters and McLauglin, who had clinched the championship for the third 12 months operating at Tailem Bend on the spherical earlier than Bathurst, have been holding sway however Van Gisbergen took the lead on lap 55 as rain started to fall.
From that time onwards he and Tander have been in management though they needed to endure a number of anxious moments, none extra so than on the finish of a race they regarded to have of their preserving as the protection automotive got here onto the monitor to pack up the sphere twice within the closing 9 laps.
Kiwi driver van Gisbergen held his rivals at bay after the primary restart, however his coronary heart sank when there was one other stoppage due to an accident out on the monitor.
With three laps to go he knew he needed to handle the restart impeccably in any other case Waters would take benefit and snatch victory on the final.
There was little between them however the 31-year-old – whom his group boss Roland Dane described as one of the vital clever drivers on the grid in the case of managing each facet of the race – dealt with the tense scenario in a relaxed method.
He produced three quick qualifying model laps to carry off his rivals as a nervous Tander regarded on from the group’s storage.
In the long run van Gisbergen took the chequered flag zero.eight seconds away from Waters, who was ending on the rostrum for the primary time in his profession.
It was a bitter candy event for Holden followers, as van Gisbergen’s boss Dane alluded to after the race.
The automotive firm will stop to be a model in Australia after it is father or mother firm, Common Motors, opted to exit the native market. One consequence would be the finish of the normal Ford v Holden rivalry at Bathurst.
van Gisbergen took off on his victory lap waving a Holden flag, declaring that his race profitable feeling was ”superior.”
“The previous couple of laps have been actually robust with the Security Automobiles however the group did a faultless job and the automotive obtained higher all weekend, so because of my guys,” he mentioned.
“We had an incredible automotive and it’s an effective way to ship out Holden. Due to Garth, he did an superior job. I simply want my Mum and Dad have been right here.”
He mentioned he was assured that he would have the ability to maintain Waters at bay if he managed to get previous the second flip after the restarts.
“Every time he obtained fairly shut however (I) obtained by Flip 2 with good grip so I knew I might be OK. These final three stints have been simply qualifying laps.
“It was an actual monitor place race, tremendous laborious to cross and when that rain got here I used to be a bit sluggish in the beginning however then obtained going. That obtained us to the entrance and we by no means left it. Superior day.”
McLaughlin took the championship, however Whincup’s failure and Water’s second place on the mountain means the 25-year-old from Mildura strikes as much as second on the title race standings, with van Gisbergen leaping to 3rd and Whincup slipping all the way down to fourth.
Michael Lynch is The Age’s chief soccer reporter and in addition stories on motor sport and horseracing