Asked about that comment in the post-race press conference involving all three drivers, van Gisbergen said: “I don’t know about this stuff.
“We don’t need to bring up ‘debriss’ and stuff like that. I thought it was a fair pass on my part.”
Van Gisbergen’s “debriss” reference was a cheeky reminder of the 2019 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, where McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat won in controversial circumstances.
McLaughlin’s teammate Fabian Coulthard had held up the field under Safety Car during the race, for which the team was later fined and docked points, deemed to have broken the FIA’s Obligation of Fairness rules.