Team spoke to van Gisbergen over 'parking s**t fight'

Triple Eight team manager Mark Dutton says the team had words with Shane van Gisbergen about the infamous park-in at Pukekohe, something the driver himself has labelled as a 's**t fight'.

Team spoke to van Gisbergen over 'parking s**t fight'

The controversial incident happened during post-race celebrations on Saturday, race winner van Gisbergen pulling up so tight to Scott McLaughlin's door that the second-placed driver couldn't get out.

McLaughlin's DJR Team Penske crew eventually pushed his Falcon backwards to give him room to escape the cockpit, but not before he laid into the side of van Gisbergen's car a number of times with his own blocked-in door.

The move reeked ofgamesmanship amid rising tension between T8 and Penske, although van Gisbergen claimed to not have realised what had happened until after he was out of the car.

That claim was given some legitimacy by the fact that he did park close to the centre of the #1 board in parc ferme, which had clearly been placed too close to the middle of the area cordoned off for post-race celebrations.

That excuse, however, didn't fly at Triple Eight. Dutton says he spoke to van Gisbergen about the incident, acknowledging that some light-hearted fun is one thing, but – if it was on purpose – the timing wasn't right.

"If you want to be technical, Shane parked with the board in the middle of his car," said Dutton.

"But you go, 'come on mate, you probably could have paid more attention and looked to your left'.

"If you look at the in-car, he's so pumped and so excited a the end of the race that it wouldn't surprise me if he was oblivious to it.

"We like playing the nice guy as much as we can throughout everything. We spoke about it and said 'come on...'.

"I think some people saw it as funny. At the end of the day no one was hurt, there was no cost to it... I think sometimes you need to have a sense of humour. We do that to each other in the car park, different teams. Everyone gets on in the paddock so well that those kinds of jokes go on all the time.

"Sometimes, maybe, the timing is better than others."

Read Also:

Van Gisbergen joked that he thought about doing it again if he won on the Sunday, before admitting that he should have parked further to the right the first time around.

"The shit parking mistake turned out to be a big shit fight, more than I thought," he said. "Anyway, I contemplated ‘what if I win today, maybe I should do it again’.

"I don’t really care, I don’t get into that stuff; If I had my time again I wouldn’t line up on the board, I would go for the side.”

The big question during Sunday's race was what would happen if the two ended up in parc ferme again, particularly if McLaughlin won.

But it proved to be anticlimactic, van Gisbergen scrambling out of his car before McLaughlin finished his burnouts.

Even if the opportunity had been there to park van Gisbergen in, McLaughlin told Motorsport.com that he still wouldn't have done it.

"No. Flat no," he said.

"I'm not going to... whatever they want to say, that it was a mistake or whatever, I've seen the board positions. I parked with enough room to give us both space to get out."

 

shares
comments
Famous IndyCar celebration revived in Supercars
Previous article

Famous IndyCar celebration revived in Supercars

Next article

How Triple Eight beat a black-and-white rule

How Triple Eight beat a black-and-white rule
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020