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Red Bull Holden’s van Gisbergen triumphs at Bathurst


Bathurst always delivers drama and tension, heartbreak and an unpredictable narrative, and this year was no exception.

There was an early surprise on lap 33 when multiple race winner Jamie Whincup, one of the most experienced men in the field, crashed out, ensuring that neither he nor his veteran partner Craig Lowndes would be adding to their Bathurst tally.

Waters and McLauglin, who had clinched the championship for the third year running at Tailem Bend at the round before Bathurst, were holding sway but Van Gisbergen took the lead on lap 55 as rain began to fall.

From that point onwards he and Tander were in control although they had to endure several anxious moments, none more so than at the end of a race they looked to have in their keeping as the safety car came onto the track to pack up the field twice in the final nine laps.

Van Gisbergen held his rivals at bay after the first restart, but his heart sank when there was another stoppage because of an accident out on the track.

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With three laps to go he knew he had to manage the restart impeccably otherwise Waters would take advantage and snatch victory at the last.

There was little between them but the 31-year-old – whom his team boss Roland Dane described as one of the most intelligent drivers on the grid when it comes to managing every aspect of the race – handled the tense situation in a calm manner.

He produced three fast qualifying style laps to hold off his rivals as a nervous Tander looked on from the team’s garage.

In the end Van Gisbergen took the chequered flag 0.8 seconds clear of Waters, who was finishing on the podium for the first time in his career.

It was a bitter sweet occasion for Holden fans, as van Gisbergen’s boss Dane alluded to after the race.

Straight and narrow: Holden driver leads the field down the famous Conrod Straight at Mount Panorama.Credit:Edge Photographics

The car company will cease to be a brand in Australia after it’s parent company, General Motors, opted to exit the local market. One consequence will be the end of the traditional Ford v Holden rivalry at Bathurst.

Van Gisbergen took off on his victory lap waving a Holden flag, declaring that his race winning feeling was ”awesome.”

“The last few laps were really tough with the Safety Cars but the team did a faultless job and the car got better all weekend, so thanks to my guys,” he said.

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“We had a great car and it’s a great way to send out Holden. Thanks to Garth, he did an awesome job. I just wish my Mum and Dad were here.”

He said he was confident that he would be able to hold Waters at bay if he managed to get past the second turn after the restarts.

“Each time he got pretty close but (I) got through Turn 2 with good grip so I knew I would be OK. Those last three stints were just qualifying laps.

“It was a real track position race, super hard to pass and when that rain came I was a bit slow at the start but then got going. That got us to the front and we never left it. Awesome day.”

McLaughlin took the championship, but Whincup’s failure and Water’s second place on the mountain means the 25-year-old from Mildura moves up to second on the title race standings, with Van Gisbergen jumping to third and Whincup slipping down to fourth.

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Port Adelaide triumphs by 13 points as Western Bulldogs waste chances in AFL round-10 clash



Port Adelaide has shown why it is on top of the AFL ladder, producing a stunning surge to overwhelm the Western Bulldogs by 13 points in Monday night’s match.

A ruthless third quarter from the Power laid the platform for the 8.7 (55) to 5.12 (42) win at Adelaide Oval.

The victory leaves the Power a win clear atop the table from Brisbane, who meet reigning premiers Richmond in a round-10 encounter on Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs remain eighth and are stuck in a mid-ladder jam. They are equal on premiership points with three other clubs.

The Power’s triumph was created by a brutal 16-minute purple patch in the third term, which reaped four unanswered goals after they had trailed the visitors for the entire first half.

The Power’s attacking tandem of Charlie Dixon and Robbie Gray slotted two goals each, while Zak Butters was their prime ball winner with 24 disposals.

Onballers Ollie Wines (18 touches) and Tom Rockliff (23 possessions) provided the midfield grunt, and Tom Jonas and Trent McKenzie led a miserly defence.

Ruckman Peter Ladhams was influential with 18 disposals and 32 hit-outs.

The Bulldogs’ Sam Lloyd and Toby McLean kicked two goals apiece. McLean’s goals were the visitors’ only majors from midway through the second quarter until midway through the last.

Bulldogs Jack Macrae (28 disposals), Tom Liberatore (25 possessions), captain Marcus Bontempelli (22 touches, eight clearances) and Bailey Smith (20 touches) battled hard but could not prevent their club sliding to a fifth loss of the season.

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Power utility Sam Mayes faces a likely sanction for a shoulder bump that struck the head of Josh Dunkley in the opening term.

Fortunately for Mayes, Dunkley was only momentarily stunned and continued playing as the Bulldogs took an early ascendancy without returns on the scoreboard.

The Bulldogs held a three-point half-time lead, 3.5 (23) to 3.2 (20), despite recording 25 to 12 inside 50s in the opening two terms.

They then paid for their attacking impotency when the tide turned to the Power in the third quarter.

The Power booted four goals in a 16-minute blitz, including two in three minutes to spearhead Dixon.

The home side dominated the clearances and territory, recording 17 to three inside 50s, in a match-defining quarter.

And unlike the Bulldogs in the first half, the Power converted their control into scores, booting 4.3 to 0.1 for the term for a 23-point lead at the final change.

The Power meet Richmond at Adelaide Oval next Saturday to kick off round 11, while the Bulldogs play Brisbane at the Gabba on the same day.

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