07 OCT 2018
Whincup and van Gisbergen proud of Triple Eight's Bathurst 1000 win and their own Top Ten finish
Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell - Car #1
Race 1 - 10th
Championship - Third (2,872 points)
Shane van Gisbergen / Earl Bamber - Car #97
Race 1 - Fifth
Championship - First (3,276 points)
Jamie Whincup - Car #1
"I don't feel like we did much wrong today, we were in the race, sitting pretty until the wheel issue – there's one story of our day and it's the wheel falling off. We just did what we could to turn that around – the guys and girls did a great job to get us back onto the lead lap and then back up to 10th. We fought hard and we felt like we did most things right all weekend, I feel like it's a bit of a cruel game and we deserve more than that but that's the game we play. From the preparation to coming here and all the way through practice, we made the right calls, and everyone worked exceptionally hard. It's fantastic for Triple Eight to get the Peter Brock Trophy back to the workshop again. For car one, we thought we deserved a little bit more and it's disappointing not to end up on the podium. You honestly couldn't have written that script, with Lowndesy (Craig Lowndes) finishing up full-time driving and winning the biggest race of the year. They all did a good job, stayed out of trouble and were there. They didn't make any mistakes, it's unbelievable and I couldn't be happier for them."
Paul Dumbrell - Car #1 Co-Driver
"Everything was going to plan, we were behind the (David) Reynolds car and had an equal pace to them. Then with the safety car we had a pit stop, and something failed on the car so the wheel came off - it's bizarre to see your wheel passing down the main straight as you're braking. We managed to get the car back and be two laps down and then still finish 10th, you can't argue with that. The car was really crook at the end of the day, we did everything we said we'd do all week but it just wasn't our day. It's quite incredible the amount of work that the crew did, they were awesome. Full credit to them, and goes to show why we are one of the best teams in pit lane because through adversity we don't put our heads down and we get on with the job. It was quite incredible to hear all the fans cheering for Craig (Lowndes) with just five laps to go. For them, being eight seconds in the lead, they would have known they had the win for awhile which is awesome for Craig as his last full-time race here at Bathurst."
Shane van Gisbergen - Car #97
"The race today started alright, we got into second and the car was nice, and I thought the track would come to the car and it sort of did but then it didn't quite come to. The balance got better but the pace didn't, so that was a shame. Earl (Bamber) did an awesome job, always passing people smoothly and he had good pace, but we were just too far back. At the end there was no strategy, it was just the same pits and we couldn't go faster which is a shame. We'll settle for fifth but I'm super proud of Triple Eight, Craig (Lowndes), Steve (Richards) and the team, that's really cool."
Earl Bamber - Car #97 Co-Driver
"We had a good car all day and we were running up front in the top two. And then we cycled back with a brake change and ended up in 16th. That was good fun because it was the first time that I had to push and take some risk in a Supercar and try to gain some spots. We then got back up to sixth, in a good position to make ground. However, we just stalled in that position and we didn't have enough to go forward. It's a mega result with getting in the top five and it's a great result for Shane with the Championship points. It's been an honour to come and drive for Red Bull Holden Racing Team this weekend and to drive for such a team in my first ever Bathurst as a rookie was amazing. So thank you for putting your trust in me, to Shane as well. It's been a great weekend, especially to see Lowndesy (Craig Lowndes) next door win. So now let's roll on to the Gold Coast and win some surf boards."