Cam Waters feared being fired into the outside wall during his dramatic Race 31 spin.
Waters was chasing Chaz Mostert for effective third when he suffered a scary moment on lap 51.
The Tickford Racing driver slid into the tyre barriers at the first chicane and was sent into a spin.
The broadcast picked up Waters post-spin, but he carried on and took off after Mostert.
Replays showed Waters was the width of a tissue paper from firing into the outside wall.
Instead, he pirouetted into a 360-degree spin, and lost only a few seconds.
He came home fifth and ceded the title to Shane van Gisbergen, who dominated by over 16 seconds.
“There was a fair bit happening then,” Waters said.
I lost the rear at the first one, I couldn’t save it and I hit the tyres.
“It flicked me around… I just gassed it up and drove through the smoke and came out the other side.
“The car’s been through a war, that’s for sure.”
Waters was close to the fate famously suffered by Scott McLaughlin in 2019.
Instead, he carried on and secured his 24th consecutive top 10 finish.
Having seen the replays, Waters joked he had scored his place in future highlight reels
“I was afraid I was going to get fired into the other [wall],” he said.
“I thought it’d look a bit cooler if I gassed it up with a bit of smoke to make sure I made highlights reels for the next 10 years.
“It looks pretty cool, that’ll make the highlights for sure.
“It took me a few laps to work out what happened."
Supercars Hall of Famer Mark Skaife rubbished Waters’ claims he purposefully spun the car after the contact.
Skaife instead said Waters was "absolutely kissed”.
“It’s Lotto, it’s Powerball,” Skaife said.
“That is just absolutely blessed.
“He might say that he did it on purpose and that it was all lovely.
“He was absolutely kissed.”