Motorsport: Van Gisbergen backs Whincup's Bathurst move

Shane van Gisbergen during the Bathurst 1000. Photo / Getty Images
Shane van Gisbergen during the Bathurst 1000. Photo / Getty Images

Shane van Gisbergen has no issue with the drama which ensued at the back end of Sunday's Bathurst 1000.

Red Bull's Jamie Whincup attempted to pass Kiwi Scott McLaughlin, which resulted in both McLaughlin and Holden's Garth Tander having to withdraw from the race with damaged cars.

Whincup was penalised 15 seconds, forcing him into 11th despite crossing the finish line first.

Van Gisbergen's backing his team mate's tactics, and enjoyed the attempt as a race fan.

He says while Whincup didn't execute the manoeuvre, it's no one's fault.

Meanwhile the series leader's questioned the thinking of organisers at Bathurst.

A collision late in Sunday's race at Mount Panorama saw several cars having to pit, with the race continuing despite debris on the track and Nissan's Todd Kelly in a dangerous position.

A yellow flag was issued meaning cars can't over take in the area, though Van Gisbergen says there should have been a safety car.

He says he understands wanting to finish the race, but safety needs to come first.

- Radio Sport

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