V8 Supercars news: Bathurst fan evades cops in hilarious footage

Cops have appeared to fail to chase down a cheeky fan at the Bathurst 1000 in comical footage spreading around social media over the weekend.

The man, who looked to be taking signage from the event as a souvenir (a common, if generally prohibited act at racing events), is seen scampering through a gap in the fence that separates the track from spectators, before attempting to lob the banner over a temporary barrier and jump it himself.

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Failing to throw the banner over, the man then flips over the barrier as a police officer pursues him and attempts to grab a hold of his legs.

Clad head-to-toe in a rubber duck pattern and a bucket hat reminiscent of the popular designs from Sydney brand Budgy Smuggler, the man slipped away from the officer before running away up the hill and away from the circuit.

The police pursue the man towards the campsites situated around Mount Panorama, but appear to give up on the chase.

The antics occurred as Shane van Gisbergen conquered the mountain for the third time in four years with a brilliant performance.

Van Gisbergen pulled away for the win with about 50 laps left and was never seriously challenged towards the end of the race as he and co-driver Richie Stanaway claimed the win.

It was comfortable in the end as van Gisbergen came across the line just over 20 seconds (20.068 to be exact) ahead of Brodie Kostecki and David Russell’s Camaro, while Anton de Pasquale and Tony D’Alberto’s Mustang was third.

Commentator Neil Crompton described it as an “emphatic victory”, adding: “That’s a big one for Shane as he prepares to leave our shores.”

Van Gisbergen said it was “the perfect way to say goodbye” but also said “I’ll be back”.

But while the spoils go to the victors, there was heartbreak for Triple Eight Racing who appeared headed for a 1-2 finish before Broc Feeney tasted disaster.

Van Gisbergen said he was “really gutted for the Broc and Jamie and the 88 boys” after Feeney’s Camaro suddenly lost speed with about 25 laps to go when he was sitting second and in a great position fuel-wise for a charge at the top step of the podium.

Neil Crompton described it on the Supercars broadcast as a “catastrophic situation” for Feeney.

“A slow Red Bull car. It’s a drama for Feeney at a critical stage of the race,” Crompton said.

“This is a gigantic game changer. What on earth has gone on with Broc Feeney’s car? He was in a commanding position from a fuel strategy standpoint.”

“Absolutely devastating,” commentator Greg Murphy said.

“This is just torture.”

Feeney, who is just 20, struggled to keep his emotions in check when interviewed after the race.

“I don’t know what to say, I’m gutted,” Feeney said.

“We were real fast, the track was coming to us, I don’t know what the fuel numbers were like but we were real fast out there.

“This place can be the best but it can also be the worst so I’m just absolutely gutted mate.”

Feeney added that he turns 21 “in a couple of weeks” and said he hopes he can come back for many years to come.

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