Internet reacts to SVG/Engel Bathurst controversy

  • 06/02/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Maro Engel’s public criticism of Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen following the Bathurst 12 Hour saw drivers and fans alike fire up on social media.

Van Gisbergen’s late-race crash triggered Engel to storm out of the team garage and into its transporter, before emerging to lament his co-driver's mistakes on the television broadcast.

The usually mild-mannered Engel later apologised to Van Gisbergen over the comments, describing them as “heat of the moment” and stressing his respect for the Kiwi’s talents.

The drama followed reports of friction in the joint Scott Taylor Motorsport/HTP Motorsport camp throughout the weekend as the drivers and engineers strived to improve car set-up.

Third driver Craig Baird Tweeted his support for Van Gisbergen on Sunday night, but was then himself accused of disrespecting the team by HTP technical chief Renaud Dufour.

While many fans passionately supported Van Gisbergen on social media, those to make light of Engel’s rage included factory Porsche driver Laurens Vanthoor.

DJR Team Penske Supercars star Scott McLaughlin was among those watching the drama unfold on television.

Fans stunned by the public airing of disharmony within the team also poked fun at the drama via Instagram.

#b12hr #b12hr2017 #b12hr17 #mercedes #amg #stayclassy #classy #team

A photo posted by Ben Sinclair (@51ncl41r) on

The controversy was perhaps summed up best by Supercars pit reporter Greg Rust, who was also watching on.

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