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Shane van Gisebergen is the new King of the Mountain after claiming the 2020 Bathurst 1000 for Red Bull Holden Racing.

It’s the first win for the Kiwi at the historic circuit, after finishing second in 2019, and a fitting way for Holden to end their iconic presence at Mount Panorama.

The 31-year-old took the race by the scruff of the neck shortly after some wet weather hit the mountain early in the race, and never looked back after moving into first place with some 120 laps to go.

“It’s just awesome, the last few laps were really tough with the safety cars,” Van Gisbergen said after his win.

“The team did a great job and the car got better all weekend. It’s a great way to send out Holden.

“It’s just a team effort. When that rain came I was a bit slow then got going. That got us to the start and then it never left.”

Two late safety cars in the final 10 laps threatened to throw a spanner in the works for the race leaders as Van Gisbergen’s lead was repeatedly cut by race control in the dying stages.

But it was little more than a scare for the Red Bull Racing team whose star driver would not waste his restarts, tearing away to bring the title home for Holden.

Co-driver Garth Tander was equally threatening behind the wheel, keeping the #97 Holden ahead of Cam Waters and Will Davisons’ ever-pressing Monster Energy #6 which finished in second.

2019 champion Scott McLaughlin was the early front-runner after a sensational start saw him leapfrog Waters to own the opening portions of the race.

But DJR Team Penske’s team would drop back into the field when co-driver Tim Slade struggle to find pace through the middle of the day, leading the team to throw McLaughlin back into the fray in an unplanned driver switch.

Returning for the closing stages, McLaughlin failed to find himself in podium contention as he settled for a fifth-placed finish.

Chaz Mostert had an impressive run to take home a third-place podium, while Fabian Coulthard finished one place ahead of teammate McLaughlin in fourth.

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