Will Davison and Jonathon Webb have scored victory in a thrilling finish to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, despite trailing Jamie Whincup to the chequered flag.
Whincup and co-driver Paul Dumbrell dominated much of the race, but were dealt a 15-second post-race penalty with nine laps remaining.
The penalty came after Whincup bumped Scott McLaughlin wide at The Chase, subsequently taking the Volvo and Garth Tander out of the contest as he attempted to redress.
Whincup edged away at two subsequent restarts while Davison focussed on holding off Shane van Gisbegen in the second Red Bull Holden behind.
The Tekno Commodore took the flag 0.14s ahead to score the narrowest victory in the history of the Great Race.
“I’m honestly speechless,” said Davison after a battle with Van Gisbergen that saw them both being told to save fuel right until the end.
“That was so stressful. I knew if I lifted to save any more Shane was going to be in there.
“It coughed as I came around the last corner and ran out of fuel as I crossed the line.
“We started 17th but we knew we were quick. I can’t believe the way it panned out.”
Second for Van Gisbergen alongside co-driver Alex Premat extends his championship lead over Whincup, who was eventually classified 11th.
Whincup was left to apologise to the Volvo and Holden Racing Team outfits, although disagreed with the decision that he was at fault.
“I feel sorry for the result, you don’t want to see any wrecked cars,” he said.
“But I felt the move was on. I was in there, he squeezed me narrow and we had contact.
“I was happy to redress, but the two cars weren’t there to redress.”
Nick Percat scored his second Bathurst podium in three years after a faultless performance in the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden he shared with Cameron McConville.
The Fords of Cameron Waters/Jack Le Brocq, Scott Pye/Tony D’Alberto and Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden completed the top six.
Coulthard led the race with as few as 11 laps to go, but was always destined to require an extra fuel stop.
Tim Slade/Ash Walsh cleverly used the Safety Car interventions to recover from two laps down to finish seventh ahead of Michael Caruso/Dean Fiore, Dale Wood/David Russell and Tim Blanchard/Macauley Jones.
After a long spell of green flag running, the spate of Safety Cars began with a big crash for Andrew Jones at Sulman Park on lap 90, from which the driver emerged bruised but unscathed.
Subsequent yellows flew for James Moffat (engine failure, lap 109), Andre Heimgartner (transaxle failure, lap 113), Mark Winterbottom (off at Chase after brake failure, lap 133), the lap 150 McLaughlin/Tander clash and finally a single-car incident at Forrest’s Elbow for Rick Kelly on lap 157.
Todd Kelly speared into the gravel at The Chase after the final restart thanks to contact from James Courtney – an incident that was dealt with under local yellows.
Winterbottom and co-driver Dean Canto had been in contention all day prior to their demise, which has ended any realistic chance of the Ford driver retaining his Supercars title.
Furthering Prodrive’s woes was a throttle issue for its Chaz Mostert/Steve Owen entry that saw it finish 14 laps down in 19th place.
UPDATE: Red Bull Racing Australia has appealed Jamie Whincup’s 15 second post-race penalty.
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Result: Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000
|1||Team Darrell Lea STIX||W.Davison/J.Webb||Holden Commodore VF||161||06:19:25.3237|
|2||Red Bull Racing Australia||S.Van Gisbergen/A.Premat||Holden Commodore VF||161||06:19:25.4671|
|3||Clipsal 500 Adelaide Racing||N.Percat/C.McConville||Holden Commodore VF||161||06:19:28.1791|
|4||Monster Energy Racing||C.Waters/J.Le Brocq||Ford Falcon FG/X||161||06:19:28.5588|
|5||DJR Team Penske||S.Pye/T.D’Alberto||Ford Falcon FG/X||161||06:19:29.1452|
|6||DJR Team Penske||F.Coulthard/L.Youlden||Ford Falcon FG/X||161||06:19:29.3573|
|7||Freightliner Racing||T.Slade/A.Walsh||Holden Commodore VF||161||06:19:29.5205|
|8||Nissan Motorsport||M.Caruso/D.Fiore||Nissan Altima||161||06:19:31.4121|
|9||GB Galvanizing Racing||D.Wood/D.Russell||Nissan Altima||161||06:19:33.7070|
|10||Team Cooldrive||T.Blanchard/M.Jones||Holden Commodore VF||161||06:19:34.1824|
|11||Red Bull Racing Australia||J.Whincup/P.Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||161||06:19:35.0453|
|12||Super Black Racing||C.Pither/R.Stanaway||Ford Falcon FG/X||161||06:19:41.7680|
|13||Holden Racing Team||J.Courtney/J.Perkins||Holden Commodore VF||161||06:19:44.5725|
|14||Harvey Norman Supergirls||S.De Silvestro/R.Gracie||Nissan Altima||159||06:19:53.5762|
|15||Wilson Security Racing GRM||S.McLaughlin/D.Wall||Volvo S60||159||06:20:47.3552|
|16||TeamVortex||C.Lowndes/S.Richards||Holden Commodore VF||156||06:20:03.9974|
|17||Erebus Motorsport||C.van der Drift/S.Davies||Holden Commodore VF||156||06:20:09.9787|
|18||Erebus Motorsport Penrite||D.Reynolds/C.Baird||Holden Commodore VF||148||06:19:43.3515|
|19||Supercheap Auto Racing||C.Mostert/S.Owen||Ford Falcon FG/X||147||06:19:46.4808|
|DNF||carsales Racing||T.Kelly/M.Campbell||Nissan Altima||157||06:10:59.0216|
|DNF||Sengled Racing||R.Kelly/R.Ingall||Nissan Altima||156||06:07:19.2084|
|DNF||Holden Racing Team||G.Tander/W.Luff||Holden Commodore VF||150||05:51:36.2942|
|DNF||The Bottle-O Racing Team||M.Winterbottom/D.Canto||Ford Falcon FG/X||132||05:05:24.3018|
|DNF||Plus Fitness Racing||A.Heimgartner/A.Russell||Holden Commodore VF||114||04:27:36.4694|
|DNF||Wilson Security Racing GRM||J.Moffat/J.Golding||Volvo S60||108||04:02:08.5512|
|DNF||Team BOC||J.Bright/A.Jones||Holden Commodore VF||89||03:18:12.2269|
|DNF||Preston Hire Racing||Lee Holdsworth||Holden Commodore VF||2||4:45.9916|
|1||Shane Van Gisbergen||2524|
|44||Jack Le Brocq||240|
|47||Chris van der Drift||186|
|50||Simona De Silvestro||126|