SVG: "It was hard work"

  • 11/10/2015
  • By Bruce Newton
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

Another wet race, another spectacular driving display and another session of lawn mowing. But was it fun?

"It was hard work," said Shane van Gisbergen after he stepped from the Darrel Lea Stix Holden Commodore VF after a brilliant display in a sodden stint at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The Kiwi had to charge back through the field after being forced to stack in pitlane behind the XBOX Ford Falcon FG X of Scott Pye and Marcos Ambrose.

SvG charged back from 12th to second in the car he shares with Tekno team owner Jonathon Webb, slicing past a series of rivals including a daring pass of Ambrose at Skyline.

"The XBOX car passed us the lap we needed to pit so we lost 20 seconds there and we had to recover that.

"Scotty [Pye] is in now and he's about 13 seconds behind us so we will see what happens, now we have to make up the time to the leaders we lost before."

As the track dried late in the stint, van Gisbergen took to the track edges seeking to keep his wet tyres cool. While it stunned those watching on, he was nonplussed by that.

"It's all fine," he said laughing.

"The car was alright (in the rain), it was pretty fast, but we are lacking a little bit of pace in the dry," he admitted.

"So we will see what happens when it dries and if we can match these front guys.

"The car is feeling really good and mechanically it's fine, so just push on and see what happens."

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