Co-driver Engel rips SVG after 12 Hour crash

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 05/02/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus

Mercedes factory driver Maro Engel did not hide his frustration with Shane van Gisbergen following the Supercars champion’s late crash in the Bathurst 12 Hour.

The Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes that the duo shared with Craig Baird was in the fight for victory all day until it quickly came apart in the dying stages.

Van Gisbergen crashed on his own at The Dipper moments after being handed a drive-through penalty for tagging a lapped Porsche into the wall with 30 mins to go.

Click here for more on how the dramatic race unfolded.

An angry Engel kicked a stack of tyres in the STM garage immediately after the crash before storming into the team’s transporter. 

“It’s not motorsport in my book,” said Engel.

“All I’ve seen this week is a lot of mistakes from Shane. It’s a tough one.”

Speaking a short time later, Van Gisbergen said he had already apologised to Porsche driver Andrew MacPherson and would also do so to Engel and the entire STM team.

“It was just a mistake,” said Van Gisbergen.

“I’m a pretty critical person on myself. I hate making mistakes and that was 100 percent myself.

“I thought I got away without a drive-through (for the MacPherson incident) and thought I could run with Jamie (Whincup, eventual winner).

“I just stuffed up and put the car in the wall. 

“I was pushing on the limit and sometimes over it, we were just so slow on the straight.

“As I said it’s my mistake and I’ll be angry at myself until the next race and push on.” 

Baird later voiced his support for countryman Van Gisbergen via Twitter.

Engel meanwhile Tweeted that he has apologised to Van Gisbergen for the television comments.

Engel is most known to Australian audiences for his single-year Supercars campaign with Erebus Motorsport in 2013. 

The long-time AMG driver was brought into the team to drive its #9 Mercedes following Van Gisbergen’s sudden exit from the squad.

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