Van Gisbergen penalised for Jones clash

Shane van Gisbergen at Bathurst. Pic: Nathan Wong

SHANE van Gisbergen has been handed a three-place grid penalty for the Repco Bathurst 1000.

Van Gisbergen tangled with Macauley Jones at the Esses towards the end of qualifying this afternoon, punting the #96 Holden into the wall.

BJR boss Brad Jones condemned the incident and claimed van Gisbergen should be “embarrassed”.

The stewards have now reached a verdict, with van Gisbergen now unable to start the Great Race from higher than fourth.

Having qualified fourth, van Gisbergen’s participation in the Top 10 Shootout tomorrow is unaffected, with the grid drop taking effect after that session.

The two-time Supercars champion declined to comment when approached prior to the stewards’ findings being released.

“Following a DRD Investigation and an admission by Car 97, Shane van Gisbergen, of a breach of Schedule B2, Article 2.1.1 (Careless Driving) for the Incident involving contact with Car 96, Macauley Jones, at Turn 13, the Stewards imposed a 3 Grid Spot penalty in Race 30 for Car 97, Shane van Gisbergen/Garth Tander,” read the stewards report.

Van Gisbergen has not been the only driver to fall foul of officialdom today, with Tickford Racing’s Jake Kostecki slapped with a $10,000 fine.

Cameron Waters topped qualifying to claim provisional pole, with the Top 10 Shootout to play out from 5:05pm AEDT tomorrow after another two hours of practice.

Macauley Jones and Shane van Gisbergen tangle. Pic: Fox Sports
Connor O’Brien joined V8 Sleuth in 2022 as website Editor. He won the Supercars Media Award in 2017 while working as a sports reporter at the Gold Coast Bulletin, before stints at Supercars and Speedcafe. During his time at V8 Sleuth he's twice (2022, 2023) been named Journalist of the Year at the Supercars Media Awards.