Shane van Gisbergen has praised his late race battle with Chaz Mostert for second as “epic” after finishing second at today’s Castrol EDGE Townsville 400.
The quick Kiwi and 2014 Bathurst winner battle for the podium position and provided the entertainment while eventual winner Jamie Whincup sailed into the distance.
The two were locked in battle over 15 laps, and both jumping out the car having enjoyed the battle.
“I had a bit of a battle which was pretty epic and I enjoyed that,” van Gisbergen said.
“With guys like that who are constantly at the front, you can trust them. They have good car control and … Chaz is like that.
“We have had some good battles and you know we race hard.
“But [to be] fair to him, he passed me, I thought, ‘oh yep, he’s gone, he looks pretty good’ and then he started doing burnouts off the corners. So I saw him five laps later and passed him and carried on.
“But it was pretty enjoyable I was smiling behind my helmet, it was good fun.”
Mostert was ultimately overtaken by teammate Mark Winterbottom for third position, but finished fourth in one of strongest drives of the season.
“I love racing Shane, he races hard, but he races pretty fair. A little bit of ‘rubbin’s racin’ so hopefully I can be on the other side of him next time and maybe in front of him,” Mostert said.
“I was just trying to conserve behind Shane – I had to have a crack. When you’re behind that thing … you’ve got to have a crack.”