Will Davison feels his restart incident with Jack Le Brocq late in Sunday’s Townsville race triggered the sequence that culminated in his race-ending crash.
The Milwaukee Racing Falcon and Le Brocq’s Tekno Autosports Commodore were 10th and 11th when racing resumed with five laps to go.
Davison was half-spun to the inside at Turn 3 by the rookie, but ultimately straightened up to continue.
He had fallen to 14th by the end of that lap and then 17th on the next tour, before crashing at Turn 6 after a clash with another rookie, James Golding.
A 15-second time penalty dropped Le Brocq from 11th at the line to 18th, leaving Golding as the race’s top rookie in 16th.
“We were just hanging on in 10th, and the Safety Car wasn't ideal for us because our tyres weren't in good condition,” Davison said.
“On the restart Le Brocq tried to pass me at Turn 3 and nearly spun me out, he hit me pretty hard.
“It's pretty ridiculous to be honest. He was in a good spot, I didn't expect it.
“Anyway that was that. From then on I was like a ping-pong ball. My tyres were gone, I got hit by a few cars on fresher tyres coming through.
“I was literally just trying to bring it home. I had no interest in damaging the car for 15th.
“Golding was racing somebody and he got into the back of me at Turn 2, Turn 3, then he was next to me at Turn 5.
“I knew he was on the outside, but I didn't think he’d be able to hang there in the marbles. I left him a bit of room but I don't know what he was thinking.
“I tried to give him a bit room, but I had no mirror so I wasn't sure what he was doing. I was literally just trying to get it to the finish without any more damage.
“We'd already lost a chance at a Top 10 when Le Brocq hit me. I'm just shattered, shattered to finish the weekend with a crashed car.
“It's just unnecessary damage, which these young blokes seem to do for a hobby.”
Davison made Sunday’s ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout, started the 70-lap race in fifth place and ran in sixth through the first two stints.
He indicated he expected a more cautious approach from Le Brocq, whose Tekno crew worked until 4am to repair his Commodore after his late-race crash 24 hours earlier.
“I was really surprised after the damage he did to his car yesterday,” Davison added.
“That was a huge hit on the right rear, and then he hit me on the right-front and tore both our cars up.
“From there I was just trying to get to the end, and the next thing I'm going head on into the fence at 100 kays.
“It was actually quite a big hit, it went off pretty fast. There's not much run-off there. You work your guts off for 66 laps and then the Safety Car causes all of that.
“Pretty stupid drivers, pretty poor form from them.”
Le Brocq left Townsville 20th in the standings, 31 points behind top rookie Anton De Pasquale, and admitted fault for the initial clash.
“We came together at Turn 3, so it's a totally seperate incident to him and Golding,” Le Brocq said.
“It's one of those things, Safety Cars seem to do these sorts of things. It's my fault, I got in the side of Will.
“I tried to get out of it at the last minute, but it was all too late. I got him out of place and knocked him back a up.
“I’ll shoot him a message to apologise. But it's one of those things. It's a shame to end like that.”