TEKNO team owner Jonathon Webb has no concerns over Red Bull’s Bathurst appeal, saying they took the trophy home and “that’s that”.
It was a controversial finish to the year’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 with Jamie Whincup – who looked set to take the win – penalised after his involvement in a late race incident with Scott McLaughlin.
Whincup was handed a time penalty, which the team believes is not consistent with previous penalties – and will appeal to CAMS.
Webb and star driver Will Davison won the team’s first Bathurst over Shane van Gisbergen by a tenth of a second, while Whincup was ahead on the road, set to have 15 seconds added to his time to leave him 11th at the end of the race.
Despite the hype of the appeal, Webb is not concerned about a change in result.
“I haven’t been thinking too much about it, other than the fact everyone’s talking about it,” Webb told supercars.com.
“I haven’t really thought about what it means, I have no concern, I’ve got no stress, no dramas, no worries.
“We took the trophy home and as far as I’m concerned, that’s that.”
With media commitments and travel back from Bathurst today, there hasn’t been time to really comprehend the result just yet.
“It hasn’t quite sunk in yet, we … haven’t really had time to think about the magnitude of the situation. I’m still pinching myself that we have won Bathurst,” he said.
Davison – who racks up his second Bathurst 1000 win after being that the last car to win from pole position with Garth Tander at the Holden Racing Team.
He joined the small squad this year after two years from Erebus, returned to the winners circle early in the year at Tasmania and now getting the job done at the year’s biggest race.
“It’s obviously been an up and down year and whenever you bring a new driver on there’s’ always a learning curve for everybody,” Webb said.
“Will’s done a good job for us this year, we raced Sandown together, got the car in the right direction.”
It was a battle of old driver versus new, with Shane van Gisbergen – who spent three years at TEKNO and looked on for a Bathurst victory in 2014 until a late starter motor failure in pit lane.
“I came so close with Shane a couple of years ago, it was good to have him push us all the way home this year. It was a bit of a bittersweet moment for him as well.”