Top 10 biggest videos of 2016 - Part 2

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 15/12/2016
  • By Supercars

2016 was another explosive year in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

From intra-team collisions to dramatic Bathurst results, is counting down the top rating videos as we review the season that was.

Yesterday we counted down the biggest videos from 10 to 6 – here's the top five of the year.

5. What's my Dad doing on TV?

During the second race on Saturday at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint, all eyes were on Shane van Gisbergen.

On the final lap he was in the lead, about to be the pride of New Zealand, winning on home soil.

The home win would also make the Van Gisbergen family enormously proud, who were trackside at the event – captured and shown on the telecast and Big Screens around the circuit.

You'd assume a drivers sole focus would be on the road as they're about to win on home turf, but Shane's father's showcase on television didn't go unnoticed by the Red Bull racer.

4. Extended cut – Coulthard crashes out

In the closing laps of Race 22 on the Gold Coast, Garth Tander was threatening Fabian Coulthard for his position.

The two dueled down the high-speed pit straight, before the two collided, sending Coulthard into the pits at a frightening impact.

The damage to Car 12 was so severe, DJR Team Penske pulled an all-nighter off-site at Pace Innovations, but miraculously had the car on the grid the next day.

This was the crash from all angles.

  1. 3. Huge Dunlop Series crash at Sandown

Where to start with this one…

After causing a huge multi-car crash on the opening lap of the Supercars Dunlop Series Race 2 at Sandown, Matt Chahda was excluded from the round.

He also copped a five grid spot penalty at the next race as part of the punishment for reckless driving.

The incident was huge, with Chahda and Bruce Fullwood’s cars flying at turn 1. A number of cars were caught up in the accident, including the then championship leader Jack Le Brocq.

Le Brocq was predictably scathing about the accident, saying Chahda should “sit down and look at whether we wans to continue racing” after the costly collision.

  1. 2. McLaughlin’s mega save

On Lap 96 of Race 23 on the Gold Coast, Scott McLaughlin dived down the iniside of Mark Winterbottom for a podium finish.

The late move at turn 11 was a spectacular save with the #33 Volvo totally out of control on entry, skating into the corner with the rears locked.

Somehow, his tyres survived to nab third position.

1. Race contenders crash out

With 11 laps to go, the chances for Scott McLaughlin, Jamie Whincup and Garth Tander to win the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 were ripped away.

A charging Whincup was threatening a fuel-low Scott McLaughlin for his second place, while defending from the relentless Tander behind.

Whincup tried to get the move done on McLaughlin at the exit of The Chase, but the two made contact, colliding and pushing Car 33 off the road.

As McLaughlin rejoined, Whincup tried to redress, tangling with Garth Tander and well, you know the rest.

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