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Shane van Gisbergen wins thrilling Bathurst 1000 ahead of Cameron Waters


Holden driver Shane van Gisbergen has won his first Bathurst 1000, holding off Ford’s Cameron Waters in a tight finish at Mount Panorama.

Two late safety cars compressed the field in the closing stages, making the final stages of the 161-lap, 1000km race a dramatic 18km shootout.

However New Zealand’s Van Gisbergen was good enough to keep distance between himself and the chasing pack to claim victory by just 0.8663 of a second, going one better than his second-place finishes in 2016 and 2019.

His co-driver, Garth Tander, secured his fourth win in the 161-lap race, after taking out the 2000, 2009 and 2011 editions.

Chaz Mostert finished in third spot for Holden to round out the podium, ahead of Fabian Coulthard and Scott McLaughlin in the Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustangs.

Jamie Whincup provided the first drama of the race when he went wide with too much pace at turn three and slammed his Holden into the wall, bringing out the day’s first safety car on lap 33, ending his and veteran Craig Lowndes’ race prematurely.

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By that time, Waters had overtaken early leader McLaughlin and set an imposing pace to distance himself from McLaughlin’s co-driver, Tim Slade.

The pack was compressed again after Jordan Boys spun and slammed his Cub Cadet Mowers Holden into the wall on lap 52 for the day’s second safety car, but the race really spiced up when the promised rain began to fall on the mountain on lap 53, just after the safety car was brought in.

Van Gisbergen rose to the occasion in the slippery conditions, scything his way to the front of the pack as the rest of the field struggled for grip during the brief shower.

Van Gisbergen and Tander led from that point onwards, never relinquishing their position during the tense, tactical middle period of the race and its dramatic, high-paced conclusion.

Waters and van Gisbergen were well clear out front and duelling for first place with an exemplary display of faultless, high-pressure driving until two crashes forced the safety car to come out with nine laps to go.

Jack Smith from SCT Motor Sports skidded into a sand trap, and almost simultaneously Bryce Fullwood’s Mobil 1 Middy’s Racing Holden locked up and slammed into a couple of walls at the top of the mountain.

The race resumed with six laps to go, but soon after Zane Goddard barrelled into another wall and was left stranded on the track with three working wheels, prompting another safety car and a dramatic finish.

All through the tension, van Gisbergen kept his cool and masterfully drove away from his rivals to claim his maiden Peter Brock trophy.

Relive the drama in our live blog.

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By Simon Smale

Shane van Gisbergen wins Bathurst 1000

            

               

We’ll wrap up the live coverage here for now.

                

Thank you so much for joining me over the course of the day, it has been a pleasure to bring you all the action from Mount Panorama.

              

Fantastic performance from all the leading drivers, it’s too easy to forget that this was the ONLY endurance race of the season, at one of the hardest circuits in motorsport.

                    

Shane van Gisbergen has come so close before, no closer than last year, but this time he excelled and drove away from a field that was pushing to the very extreme of their limits, lap after lap of faultless driving.

           

I hope you enjoyed the coverage and we’ll catch you again next time.  

               

               

By Simon Smale

‘So special to win here’: Shane van Gisbergen

                  

               

Shane van Gisbergen was all smiles on the podium, and understandably so.

            

He said he had serious doubts as to whether he would ever get a chance to win the race after coming close the last couple of years.

               

“So special to win here. Got close so may times and then you just begin to doubt, especially in those last few laps, you start to think what is going to go wrong?

            

“But the car ran faultless all day and got better and better.”

Audience comment by bob gibson

congratulation holden team good to see you go out on a blaze of glory

Audience comment by Peter

By Simon Smale

I’ve never driven so hard: Chaz Mostert            

                

Chaz Mostert has been interviewed on the podium, where the Ford driver acknowledged that he had never had to push so hard.

            

“I haven’t [ever driven so hard],” Mostert said on the podium. 

               

“That felt like wildfires at the end. Congratulations to these guys behind me. They did a fantastic job all day and put entertainment on for everyone around the country.

             

“A big thank you to our whole team here and also in Melbourne. It has been a hard year and to all the Holden fans thank you for supporting us this year and we will see what happens next year.

By Simon Smale

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Bathurst 1000 race highlights.

By Simon Smale

The caption says it all.

By Simon Smale

Scott McLaughlin wins the Supercar Championship

               

           

This was confirmed last race, but Scott McLaughlin has been awarded the Supercars Championship trophy after what might be the last time he races in Supercars.

                   

“Congratulations to Shane and 888 racing for their win today. They made it happen today.

               

“It has been an amazing year. I think the comradarie between the teams.

                

“Obviously last year was pretty full on, tit-for-tat, then this year … everyone knows how hard it has been for everyone and there has been a lot of good hard racing, the best racing we have had.

           

“We didn’t have a turnaround to come back and fix the cars. Credit to the Victorian teams for the sacrifices they gave for us, their families, the sport, the volunteers

By Simon Smale

‘I didn’t need that last safety car’ Garth Tander

            

           

Garth Tander, who is now a four-time winner of Bathurst, has also had a chat with the TV team.

                   

“It was OK until two to go and the last restart, didn’t need that one,” Tander said. 

               

“Awesome job Shane, the way he managed the last three stints, amazing, very impressive.

               

“This will take a little while to sink in, it’s been such a strange year and sitting on the couch for six months and then firing up and being on the road for five weeks to do the race, really special one and I’ll sit back and enjoy it.”

Audience comment by Gaia

Great work on the blog today Simon. Nail-biter of a finish! I did try to send some more rain across to the races, but it fizzled out on the way there.

Audience comment by Jk

Brilliant! Great way to end the Holden brand.

Audience comment by Ritchie McC

Audience comment by Han

Been either going to or watching Bathurst since 1963. Fabulous memories and added another one today. Thanks Simon (wan-Kenobi).

By Simon Smale

‘I wish my mum and dad were here’: Shane van Gisbergen

               

             

Here is Shane van Gisbergen, the 62nd winner of Bathurst.

               

“Just awesome, van Gisbergen said.

           

“The last few laps were tough with the safety car, but the team did a faultless job and thanks to the guys, we had a great car and great way to send out Holden and thanks to Garth Tander, he did an awesome job.

           

“I wish my mum and dad were here.

           

“Each time [Cameron Waters] got close through turn two, with good grip and I knew I’d be OK. The last stints were just qualifying, just awesome.

                

“[It was a] real track position race, super hard to pass when the rain came.

         

“I was a bit slow at the start and got going and that got us to the front and we never left there. Awesome day.”

         

He said he was looking forward to getting back to New Zealand on Tuesday to celebrate.

Audience comment by Graeme

Great way to say goodbye holden

By Simon Smale

Celebration time for Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander

By Simon Smale

Thanks Simon, exciting blog, can I just ask, what time is Dan going to be on?

-Sorry, couldn’t resist.

           

No Dan, but we’ll hear from Shane van Gisbergen very shortly I’d expect. 

Audience comment by David (in Japan)

I’ve been kept updated all day thanks to your great commentary – much appreciated

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By Simon Smale

Bathurst 1000 final results

                

             

                



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Teenage boy to face court charged over crash that involved car and taxi van in Hunter region


A 17-year-old boy has been charged over a horror crash that injured 11 people, leaving one in a critical condition, in the Hunter region of New South Wales.

About 1.15am Saturday, police saw a Holden Statesman allegedly crash into a Toyota HiAce van being driven as a taxi on Main Road at Edgeworth, 15 kilometres east of the Newcastle CBD.

NSW Police said patrols had been following the Holden “due to the manner of driving” prior to the crash.

Paramedics treated the taxi driver, a 46-year-old man, and two female passengers, aged 24 and 42, for serious injuries.

The younger woman remains in a critical condition in hospital, while the driver is classed as serious but stable.

Three men aged 28, 35 and 47, who were also passengers in the taxi, suffered minor injuries.

Three passengers in the Holden – two 14-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy – suffered serious injuries, while the driver and a fourth passenger, both aged 17, suffered minor injuries.

All 11 people were taken to John Hunter Hospital and treated for their injuries.

The driver of the Holden allegedly returned a positive result to a roadside breath test.

He underwent further testing at hospital, but has since been discharged.

The boy is charged with 15 offences including three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and eight counts of causing bodily harm by misconduct while in charge of a motor vehicle.

He was refused bail and will appear before the Children’s Court on Sunday.



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Victorian health officer Annaliese van Diemen deletes Twitter from phone after comparing Captain Cook to coronavirus


Acting Commissioner Julia Griffith said Dr van Diemen had been counselled and all public sector staff would be warned about social media use.

In a letter to the Victorian Public Sector Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kym Peake said the tweet did not break any laws and was made in a private capacity.

Ms Peake said she was satisfied the tweet did not contravene the code of conduct, which stipulates that employees must not do anything to “adversely affect their standing as a public official or which may bring their public sector employer or the public sector into disrepute”. She added the tweet did not raise any conflict of interest nor contain any confidential information.

Ms Peake found the tweet did not damage community trust, citing the growing number of people tested for COVID-19 and the number of people fined for breaching lockdown rules.

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“The secretary has advised that she is satisfied that Dr van Diemen is now aware of the potential risks of private social media commentary,” Ms Griffith said.

Senior managers from the department met with Dr van Diemen last Thursday.

“The risks of private use of social media when working in the public sector, and in particular when occupying a role that involves high profile public communication, have been discussed with Dr van Diemen. In addition, the secretary has advised the commission that Dr van Diemen recognises the risk of diverting attention from the critical public health messages to the community and has subsequently removed her Twitter account from her phone.”

The department will review its social media guidelines as a result of the controversy and develop more comprehensive training for staff.

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The Liberal MP who made the complaint, Mr Newbury, on Tuesday told radio station 3AW the report “doesn’t pass the pub test”.

He claimed Premier Daniel Andrews was giving public sector workers the OK to “moonlight as left-wing political activists”.

Mr Andrews has played defence by deferring to the big picture: “There was a tweet posted on a day off and if that’s the biggest issue of this global pandemic, I don’t agree with that.”

The federal government’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy last week said Dr van Diemen had been working 80-hour weeks to help claw Victoria out of the pandemic.

“She’s a fine young public health physician who has been working 80 hours a week for the past two months,” he said.

“She made a personal tweet and that’s a matter on her personal Twitter account for her. I don’t personally concur with her view, but I think that’s a matter for her.”

Treasurer Tim Pallas, speaking to reporters on Tuesday, said the controversy over her tweet was a distraction “not worthy of any great comment or scrutiny”.

The tweet remained on Dr van Diemen’s Twitter account on Tuesday.

Last Wednesday marked the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival. It was to be celebrated with a replica of his ship sailing around Australia and various ceremonies but those events were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Casual and migrant workers are at the mercy of an economy that punishes its victims | Van Badham | Opinion


Yesterday, a friend who runs a creative agency was lamenting the straits of her actors. We might all be sustaining ourselves by watching TV, but coronavirus means that no one is making it. Actors are pay-as-you-go taxpayers; they work gig to gig for a carousel of employers – so they don’t qualify for the government’s jobkeeper wage subsidy.

This morning, a friend in Cairns was measuring the dire effects of the virus on the local economy. Cairns survives on seasonal work from the tourist trade, which has, of course, collapsed. But the work is casual, and these workers don’t qualify for the jobkeeper payment, either.

They are among a pool of 1.1 million Australian workers whose casualised labour conditions will leave them without wage subsidies in an economy that, overnight, has ceased to exist. A quarter of a million Victorians alone will miss out. That’s the entire population of Ballarat and Bendigo.

A wage subsidy program has been a repeated demand of Australia’s union movement since the onset of isolation strategies to limit the spread of the corona pandemic began. The government, at first, and loudly, rejected the idea … but as the sprawl of Centrelink queues occupied more and more space both of city footpaths and news media, the government position softened. Finally, a subsidy – not like Britain’s! Not like New Zealand’s! – was announced to much fanfare, and met with relief, by those – like myself – whose income streams have crumbled under the necessity of social distancing rules, shuttered industries and work cancellations. But combined union demands for a wage subsidy for all workers are not met by the jobkeeper package, whose stipulations preclude any casual who has been in their job for less than 12 months from receiving the payment.

This doesn’t just mean actors, or casuals in tourist towns. According to figures from the ACTU, it’s 118,000 health and social assistance workers. It’s 86,900 workers in construction, more than 40,000 scientists and technicians and more than 60,000 educators. It’s a whopping 154,900 retail workers, and 229,800 hospitality workers.

There are, in fact, no industries unaffected, because from manufacturing to fishing, real estate to postal services, there are no industries that are immune to casualisation. For their seven years in government, the Liberals have acquiesced to an ongoing business insistence that employment conditions in this country be rendered more “flexible”. They’ve encouraged award stripping, outsourcing, and the “gig economy”, as well as imposing funding cuts that have obliged public institutions – such as, infamously, universities – into hiring cheaper, casualised forms of labour. It is entirely the class of insecure worker that the Liberals have created that they’re abandoning now. And the industrial relations minister, Christian Porter, has been adamant about it. To every casual who spent their last working year juggling the competing demands of what is (hilariously) called a “portfolio” of employers, he’s been clear: “Casuals who had worked regularly and continuously but for more than one employer would not be eligible,” for jobkeeper. “There has to be some definitions and some lines drawn,” the minister affirmed.

Porter has equally drawn lines around temporary migrant workers, who are presently also denied the jobkeeper payment. Australia has one of the highest temporary worker migration rates of any of the world’s democracies – between 8-10% of the labour force. More than 900,000 temporary visa holders with work rights are residents in Australia, imported as workers by successive Liberal governments and highly “lucrative to the state of the budget” as net economic contributors. These people work throughout the economy, while industries including hospitality, agriculture, health and aged care services rely on their labour participation.

But despite government insistence that these workers overcome critical labour shortages in the industries eager to recruit them, now these Australian residents confront extraordinary circumstances that deny them the means to support themselves, they’ve been told merely to “go home” by the prime minister. Many can’t; coronavirus rages globally. Borders have shut. Flights have been cancelled. There are “temporary” workers who have been in Australia for so long, they have no homes left to go back to. A heaving population of yesterday’s critical workers have been left to fight today’s health crisis with no job, no jobkeeper, no income, and no options.

Academics are concerned about homelessness and dependence on already-squeezed charity institutions. And government refusal to support this community compounds the conditions for coronavirus. “It is hard to ‘stay at home’ if you don’t have one,” writes Joo-Cheong Tham in the Conversation. “Financial desperation will drive some to continue working even if unwell.”

Much commentary has appeared in the wake of coronavirus about the instabilities the crisis has exposed in our workplaces, public services, our economy. With the jobkeeper legislation being debated in a recalled parliament, now is the time for government to take responsibility and legislate job and income support for the Australian workers its policies created, and then left hanging.

It’s an opportunity to prove we are, indeed, “all in this together” rather that at the mercy of an economy that punishes its victims, and, with them, the rest of us.

Van Badham is a Guardian Australia columnist



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