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Barry Ryan’s cheeky dig at Triple Eight

EREBUS Motorsport CEO Barry Ryan has weighed in on the “entertaining” argument which played out at title rivals Triple Eight in yesterday’s Townsville 500 finale.

Triple Eight recovered superbly from a qualifying disaster to have both Broc Feeney and Shane van Gisbergen inside the top five by the closing stages of Race 2.

However, their final 10 or so laps were not straightforward, with van Gisbergen passing Feeney for fourth only to be told to give the position back.

Van Gisbergen eventually did so, at the very last opportunity, after prolonged debating over the team radio.

It was a situation which Ryan, whose drivers Brodie Kostecki and Will Brown finished second and sixth, took clear joy in.

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“I always scan the other teams so it was entertaining and funny,” he said in the post-race press conference.

“I’m glad that I haven’t got a team arguing like they were the last few laps.

“It’s pretty easy with these two guys, they look after each other, Will and Brodie know what to do on-track and if they come across each other and somebody else is faster they just let each other past because it just holds up the team, not just the individual.

“So yeah look, it’s pretty easy to manage these guys and I’m looking forward to if they (Triple Eight) are having more arguments they’re going slower, so it’s good.”

Jamie Whincup with Shane van Gisbergen in Townsville. Pic: Ross Gibb

Fellow team boss Brad Jones gave his take on managing teammate battles: “Look, there’s a couple of philosophies.

“Usually I think the rule, certainly at my place as well, is you find your way past but if you’re gifted it and you don’t pass anyone you have to give it back before the end of the race.

“There was something Shane sounded like he took exception to so he was extremely unhappy to have to do that… it’s one of those things, it’s always hard to know.

“But Shane has come back from having a very successful weekend (in NASCAR), I think he has made his future pretty clear what he wants to do and you could hear his frustration on the radio and see it when they put a camera in there in qualifying.

“He’s had a pretty rough weekend where he has bounced off a few walls but he can still clearly drive a car. You think about what he did today from how far back he came and where he finished.”

Erebus leads Triple Eight in the teams’ championship by 91 points.

Third-placed Brad Jones Racing is a further 664 points adrift of Triple Eight.

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