Kiwi ace Shane Van Gisbergen has continued his domination of the 2016 Bathurst 12 hour event, converting his record setting to pole to a close race win. Whilst the win was close, it was not without its challenges.
The kiwi looked good to take the win after jumping the Nissan GTR in the final pitstop of the race, however the pace of the Nissan in the later stage of the race mean’t that the finish was going to be incredibly close with the defending champs closing in up to 2 seconds a lap. The gap on the final lap was a mere 5 seconds, but SVG was kept honest as he crossed the line with only 1.2 seconds in hand.
The win was not without its troubles as SVG’s teammate, Alvaro Parente, was forced to stop on track with an electrical issue in the fourth hour. The brief stoppage came at a 45 second loss.
The next hurdle would come as Van Gisbergen was handed the car with two hours to go. As he exited the pit-lane he appeared to keen to get out on track as he received a drive through penalty for speeding in the lane. The penalty was set to end the day for the team as he sat a mammoth two minutes off the leader.
The final stop of the day to top up on fuel allowed the #59 McLaren to jump into the race lead. Once the #1 Nissan GTR of Chiyo re-joined the track he was 14 seconds a drift of the 650S and whilst being one of the fastest cars all weekend he failed to significantly gain on first until the final few minutes.
Whilst on his way to his maiden win on ‘The Mountain’ he set a blistering fastest lap of the race with a time of 2:01.567.