13 OCT 2019
van Gisbergen and Tander finish second at Bathurst
Jamie Whincup / Craig Lowndes - Car #888
Race – Fourth
Championship – Fifth (2,380 points)
Shane van Gisbergen / Garth Tander - Car #97
Race – Second
Championship – Second (2,686 points)
Jamie Whincup - Car #888
"Today it was just not our day. We did what we could out there on track but there was a lot going on. At one stage we were leading the race but as everyone knows this is Bathurst and anything can happen over the 1000km. We had a great three days leading up to the race and worked hard as a team. Unfortunately, we gave it all we had but it just didn't happen."
Craig Lowndes - Car #888
"It was a crazy race and hopefully we contributed our part as co-drivers. We led the race for a little moment, and it could have been vastly different if there were less safety cars but as I said it was a crazy day. We were in there with a fighting shot. Jamie did an amazing job over the last three days with qualifying, Top Ten Shootout and more than a triple stint to the finish in the race. Finishing fourth, yes a little disappointing but we will take that and move on to Gold Coast."
Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
"Unfortunately, today we just didn't get there in the end. In the final restart I knew I was going to have a go and try to keep as much temperature in the car as possible but at the same time save fuel. We got through the first two corners but saw that Scott (McLaughlin) had more grip. It was tough but I thought we may have had a chance as he started to save more and more fuel I was hitting better than the number I was given so I knew I had a few more on the last couple of laps but what could have been. We certainly did get knocked down a few times today; in the pits and then working back through the pack and got held up during the safety car by someone. It's pretty obvious what happened but we still would have had to fight it out with Jamie and Scott which would have been awesome and possibly closer but we were stuck behind traffic and more cars, but it is what it is."
Garth Tander - Car #97
"It seemed to go fairly well but it would have been nicer being one step further up on the podium. I was really happy with my performance and stints in the car today. The team has been fantastic welcoming me into the organisation. I've felt like the new bloke all year sharing with Shane, Jamie and Craig who have been part of Triple Eight for so long, but they have all been fantastic integrating me into everything. In regard to today and the way the race played out there was no hiccups, no snags at all; it all went fairly smoothly we just that we fell short in the end and will try again next year."