Drivers have their say after yet another Bathurst 1000

What the drivers said after this year's Bathurst 1000

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What the drivers said after Sunday's Great Race at Mount Panorama

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Shane van Gisbergen, Garth Tander and Holden are the 2020 Kings of the Mountain.

In Holden's final ever race before the manufacturer ends its support in Australia, the Triple Eight team, the official factory team of the red lion in Supercars claimed an emphatic victory to round out the 2020 Supercars Championship.

Van Gisbsergen put together a perfect performance on the biggest stage in Australian motor sport, to claim his maiden win at Mount Panorama on his 14th attempt and book his place in history as a Bathurst 1000 winner.

Here is what the Red Bull Racing star, and others who tackled the Great Race, had to say:

Shane van Gisbergen, #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team

"How unreal is that? The last 60 laps were so intense, and all the safety cars made it really tough, but it was an awesome job all day by Garth and the whole team as well," he said.

"The car just got better and better throughout the day and the last couple of stints were really cool to drive. I've had some bad runs at Bathurst in the past, and today was all about making no mistakes. I made sure I capitalised when it rained - I got to the front and never let go of it.

"We've been the factory team for the last couple of years, and to not have Holden support racing anymore is devastating, but to win the last Bathurst 1000 for them was something pretty special."

Jamie Whincup, #888 Red Bull Holden Racing Team

"I'm rapt for the team - massive day, particularly for the 97 crew. They made it happen, Shane made it happen in the middle of the race when he passed cars and got to the lead and then 60 qualifying laps to the end was really impressive to watch. I wish I was part of the battle," Whincup said.

"The pace they had, I'm pretty sure our car would have had the same so it was disappointing to not be out there cutting laps at that pace like he was. All in all, I'm aware that at Bathurst you win some, you lose some.

"In hindsight I wish I would have done it a little bit differently, but Brodie (Kostecki, co-driver car #99) was playing a tough game and it got the better of me. I underestimated the surface temp of the tyres and in a normal situation it would have been fine, but I just turned in with the rears still on fire and oversteered and hit the wall.

"Thankfully, the car is nowhere near as bad as it looks so we'll be able to just bolt a couple of wishbones on and it'll be ready to go in a couple of hours. I'm not sentimental but seeing Shane drive around with the Holden flag out the window made me reflect on all the people who have supported the brand, all the people who've worked for Holden, all the fans - there are so many passionate people associated with this Aussie brand. I so hope they were watching that last lap and felt the win as much as we did in the garage."

Chaz Mostert, #25 Walkinshaw Andretti United Racing

Scott McLaughlin, #12 Shell V Power Racing

"First off, congratulations to Shane and Triple 8 racing for their win, they were faultless all day," McLaughlin said.

"I'm proud of everyone at Shell V-Power Racing because it's been an awesome year. It's been hard for a lot of teams including ours, but I'm just proud to bring home the bacon.

"I think the camaraderie between the teams has been the most enjoyable thing this year. Last year it was pretty full-on, tit-for-tat, but this year everyone knows how hard it's been for everyone, and there's been a lot of good, hard racing.

"It's probably the best racing we've ever seen, and we probably had the most at stake because we didn't have the turn around times to come home and fix the cars. Especially the Victorian teams. A credit to those teams for the sacrifices they made for the sport and also to the volunteers who've kept the sport going. I wouldn't be in this position if we didn't have great people in our sport, so I'm really proud of that."

Fabian Coulthard, #12 Shell V Power Racing

"As a team, we would have loved to have won the race. But a fourth and fifth for two cars isn't too bad, and we wrapped up the Teams' Championship," he said.

"So there were a lot of positives to come out of today. Having said that, we would have loved to have been on the podium."

André Heimgartner, #7 NED Racing

"It was an interesting race, for us it was going pretty good and then unfortunately we made a mistake with choosing to go on the wet tyre during the shower. That was a bit disappointing but we had a good comeback, the team performed really well which is positive," he said.

"The car was quite good during the race, Dylan [O'Keffee] did everything we asked of him in the race and kept out of trouble which was good to see and that really put me in a position where I was able to push and move up through the grid in my stints.

"There was obviously a lot of carnage out there from some young drivers so really pleased with Dylan's driving.

"It's good to put a close on this year, the guys have obviously been away a long time and it's great that they can now all go home and see their families after almost four months away. We'll come back stronger next year, we learnt a lot in this season about what we need to go faster so hopefully we can do that and move forward."

Rick Kelly, #15 Castrol Racing

"It was a bit of a bummer after we did a really good job of preparing the car for this one, we didn't make the shootout which meant we had the whole day yesterday to prepare. I came here today ready to go and wasn't really nervous at all which is a big thing at this race usually," Kelly said.

"But unfortunately as I took off to start the warm up lap we had an issue with the clutch and our race was done from that point. So I rolled around, started the race, I don't actually know how we got it off the line to start with because the clutch was fried at that point.

"I stayed out way longer than we had planned for the first stint while the guys figured out how we could rectify the problem.

"We pitted and couldn't fix it in the stop so we had to bring the car into the garage and replace everything. We re-joined seventeen laps down but I'm just proud of the guys, no one gave up, we still finished the race in 17th.

"It hurts a little bit more because we had a really good car here, I think if we didn't have the problem we would have had a shot at a really good result but we certainly leave with a positive of being able to finish the race despite that issue."

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