Shane van Gisbergen enjoyed his famous Bathurst victory, perhaps a bit too much.
The New Zealander and co-driver Garth Tander delivered Holden the fairytale send-off as they crossed marginally ahead of duo Chaz Mostert and Fabian Coulthard.
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The two men combined to form a perfect partnership around Mount Panorama on Sunday, but on Monday Tander was left stranded by his teammate.
In the wake of their victory, the tandem were lined up to appear on the Today Show but van Gisbergen was feeling the effects of a late night.
Van Gisbergen, looking like a shell of a man, rolled in late to the interview as Tander held down the fort.
Mere moments into the live cross with Karl Stefanovic, van Gisbergen offered up a wave before saying “I was here” and then exiting stage right to clear the contents of his stomach.
“We were quick yesterday but not so fast this morning,” Tander said when the pair appeared, with van Gisbergen wandering off just seconds later.
Tander later noted that van Gisbergen was “curled up in the foetal position in a corner somewhere, so I’m not sure we’re going to hear from him any more this morning.
“It’s hard work doing 1000km around here, it was harder work getting him up this morning”.
Stefanovic loved the moment of pure chaos as it brought back memories of his post-Logies fallout the day after winning the gold Logie.
“Yep, I think he’s done,” Stefanovic said as the Kiwi exited.
“It’s like the Logies aftermath.
“A great Australian tradition, I’m glad he was able to let fly. Good on him.
“Not every day you see that on live breakfast television.”
The team confirmed van Gisbergen had indeed exited the live on-air interview to vomit.
Tander continued to do the heavy lifting at the pit lane press conference, doing almost all of the talking.
“I’m good,” was all van Gisbergen managed in answer to two pit lane questions before admitting his day was “pretty cool”.
It was van Gisbergen’s second win in the famous race but first with a crowd around Mount Panorama after his first title – also with Tander – in 2020 was achieved under strict conditions with no fans at the circuit and no massive after-party.
Tander, who notched his fifth Bathurst win, was thrilled van Gisbergen got the full Bathurst experience on Sunday.
“It was a big night …. I can’t even talk, that’s how big a night it was,” Tander said, admitting the incredible mental and physical fatigue given the weather leading into the race and the extreme finish.
In a race that featured eight safety cars despite conditions clearing for a dry race after days of torrential rain, van Gisbergen overcame an earlier five-second penalty for an unsafe pit release to hold out Mostert by just one second at the finish.
“That’s as challenging conditions as I’ve driven around here in the past,” Tander said.
“Just getting through that (was challenging) and then I knew we’d have a fast car in the second half of the race if it stayed dry and Shane did his thing and it was pretty impressive to watch.”
– with Emma Greenwood, National Sports Newsroom