Will Davison and Jonathan Webb have won the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in a thrilling climax at Mount Panorama.
Davison held off Shane Van Gisbergen in the final laps of the race to win 0.1434 seconds in one of the closest ever finishes.
Co-driver and team owner Jonathon Webb couldn’t watch in the last laps, as his former driver attacked his current driver in an intense finish to the year’s biggest race.
The race ran without a safety car for 92 laps – but the second half exploded, with huge smashes, passes and penalties handed down in the final stages of the race.
Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander looked set to battle to the end, but an incident with Scott McLaughlin ended it for all three, with Tander in the wall, McLaughlin in the sand and Whincup handed a 15-second penalty for his part.
It was the third year in a row Whincup has blown his chances of victory, with the six-time Supercars Champion eventually finishing 11th.
Davison was told to conserve fuel in the closing laps with van Gisbergen pushing, his STIX Darrell Lea Commodore coughed at the final corner, but made it home.
He hadn’t led a lap all day.
“I’m honestly speechless, I’m not going to give much here because that was so stressful,” Davison said after clinching his second title.
“It coughed at the last corner I ran out of fuel as I crossed the line. Started 17th, I knew we were quick. Jonathon Webb had a good feeling this week.”
Webb won his second race at Mount Panorama this year, having taken the 12 Hour with Shane van Gisbergen and Alvaro Parente earlier in 2016.
“Unbelievable – we were so close in 14,” Webb said.“I was out the back just playing with my kid trying to ignore what was going on – it’s unbelievable, it’s just amazing.”
Behind van Gisbergen, paired with Alex Premat, was Nick Percat in third taking small team Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to its second ever podium with Cameron McConville.
Cameron Waters/Jack Le Brocq and Scott Pye/Tony D’Alberto completed the top five in the incredible race.
A late crash by Rick Kelly triggered a safety car that closed up the field, and Todd Kelly flying off at The Chase meant van Gisbergen couldn’t use that spot to pass.
As for Whincup – he went to apologise to his competitors, but felt the pass was on.
“I don’t know what to say, I just went out there and raced hard. I feel sorry for the result, just going up to Volvo and HRT, I go and apologise for the result, I felt the move was on … we had contact and I was happy to redress but two cars weren’t there to readdress,” he said.
“We tried hard like we always do … I enjoyed the pace of 88 this weekend and we’ll come back [for the Gold Coast] in a couple of weeks’ time.”
The Harvey Norman Supergirls Simona De Silvestro and Renee Gracie finished a highly credible 14th.