9 Oct 2016

van Gisbergen falls just short at Bathurst

8:28 pm on 9 October 2016

The New Zealand Supercar driver Shane van Gisbergen has finished less than a car length behind Australian Will Davison at the Bathurst 1000.

Shane van Gisbergen on his way to victory on the Gold Coast.

New Zealand Supercar driver Shane van Gisbergen Photo: Supplied

Four-time champion Whincup crossed the line first but he had already been hit with a 15 second post-race penalty for a controversial incident with 11 laps left, relegating him to 11th on the timesheets.

It's Davison's second victory at Mount Panorama while today's second place finishing is van Gisbergen's best result at Bathurst.

Trying to conserve fuel, Davison somehow held out a fast finishing van Gisbergen by 0.14 of a second - the closest competitive finish in the race's 56 year history.

Holden's Nick Percat was third while Fabian Coulthard was the next best placed New Zealander in sixth.

Van Gisbergen still leads the championship on 2524 points with his teammate Jamie Whincup now 139 points in arrears.