08 OCT 2017
The Mountain bites hard for Red Bull Holden Racing Team
Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell - Car #88
Race 20 - 20th (Fastest Lap: 2:28.6637)
Championship - 2nd (2,340 points)
Shane van Gisbergen / Matt Campbell - Car #97
Race 20 - 5th (Fastest Lap: 2:07.6227)
Championship - 5th (2,142 points)
Jamie Whincup - Car #88 Driver
"Our job today was to hang in there and minimise mistakes and we were on track to do that. The car was reasonable, we fixed our speed issues from the weekend. The car was quick and we were hanging in there, running in the top six or seven, just waiting for the end of the race. Then it's crazy how things change. One minute we're fine, then boom – next minute, I heard something break in the engine, then it went off-tune. That was day over, I just knew it straight away. You battle for seven hours for something so simple to turn the day so quickly. It's tough, it's motorsport, but we know that when we engage in it, how fragile it can be and unfortunately, it's been another tough day at the mountain."
Paul Dumbrell - Car #88 Co-Driver
"There we have it - Bathurst is the typical character-building day and more so today with the wet weather conditions. I made a few mistakes, including running off the track. Going out there we were looking half okay and then we had engine issues which is really disappointing. It was still a good show for the fans and we were hoping to bring home a win with Shane, however, once again a disappointing result for the team. We did however gain some championship points to keep us second in the running, so there is some silver lining, and we can roll onto the Gold Coast now."
Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
"We were pretty happy with our race car today, we did a good job the last few days to make it good and we had a pretty good opportunity to win today. Matty (Campbell) made a couple of mistakes, but rebounded really well every time and his pace was exceptional. Our car was very hard to drive and that caught him out a couple of times, but otherwise he did a really good job. At various stages we were competitive, then when we weren't we still fought back from it, but I just made too many mistakes at the end there, misjudging the conditions, being the pioneer at the end there and we threw it away."
Matt Campbell - Car #97 Co-Driver
"From my point of view, my performance was a little bit frustrating. I was getting turned around a few times in the slippery conditions out there. We had some good pace when I was in the car but I just made a couple of small errors and they weren't good enough. As we've seen today, it's Bathurst and it throws absolutely everything at you and today just wasn't our day. Gizzy (Shane van Gisbergen) drove fantastically and these conditions suited him to a tee. He put on a great show and came though the field really well and we led a few times too so it was all there but it wasn't to be today unfortunately."