Judicial cameras captured the dramatic moment that Alex Davison took to the grass at over 200km/h at the Red Rooster Sydney Sprint to avoid a collision with brother Will.
Alex was starting a hot lap in Sunday's qualifying session when Will’s Lightning McQueen-sponsored Tekno Autosports entry exited the pits in a train of cars.
It was the latest in a series of qualifying near-misses this season that has created significant debate amongst drivers.
Alex Davison had been on the other end of a similar scenario last time out at Ipswich, baulking Scott McLaughlin in the corresponding Sunday session.
Speaking directly after Sydney qualifying, the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport driver admitted it was a frightening moment.
“I thought he’d seen me, it looked like he’d stayed left and I didn’t want to abort but then he jinked right,” he said.
“But to be honest, if it wasn’t Lightning in the way there were two Triple Eight cars that would have been in the way because they were on the racing line too.
“I was guilty of it at Ipswich, it happened to us on Saturday here and we didn’t even mention it because we’ve got bigger fish to fry… but I was a little bit frustrated.”
Will apologised to his brother on the grid ahead of the afternoon's race.
“It was our bad,” he told television cameras after qualifying. “I had no idea he was there until I saw a missile coming down the right-hand side.
“I was pretty angry that it happened and felt pretty bad for him. There’s no excuse, it’s not good enough.”
The reigning Bathurst winner was handed a five-place grid position penalty following the qualifying session.
That moment you go apologize to your bro for seriously impeding his qualifying lap & sending him into the grass at 200kph 😬🤦🏻♂️ 'Caption' 💬 pic.twitter.com/JyfuhbaVeD— Will Davison (@will_davison) August 21, 2017
That moment you go apologize to your bro for seriously impeding his qualifying lap & sending him into the grass at 200kph 😬🤦🏻♂️ 'Caption' 💬 pic.twitter.com/JyfuhbaVeD