Davison adamant he will retain Bathurst title
Protest unlikely to unseat Bathurst winner
Will Davison is adamant Jamie Whincup’s appeal won’t cost him the Bathurst 1000 title.
Whincup’s Red Bull Racing team have launched a $10,000 protest to the Supercars court of appeal after being hit with a 15-second penalty which cost him victory.
Whincup crossed the Mount Panorama line first on Sunday but was relegated to 11th for his role in a crash on lap 150 in which Scott McLaughlin plowed into Garth Tander.
Davison said while Whincup had every right to appeal, he wasn’t concerned.
“We’re not nervous at all,” Davison said in Sydney yesterday.
“They’ll appeal to get something changed but in terms of our win, we know that’s final. We’ve got the trophy. We won the race.
“We were told with 12 laps to go that we’re the leaders. I wasn’t even looking at Jamie, I wasn’t racing him. I was racing the guy behind me.
“I’m not stressed at all.”
Davison finished 0.14 seconds in front of Shane van Gisbergen to claim a famous win.
He said it was emotional to have the trophy handed to him by Peter Brock’s brother Phil 10 years after the death of the Australian motorsport great.
Davison also paid tribute to good mate Mark Porter who died while racing at Bathurst in 2006.
Porter’s son Flynn was at the track over the weekend and Davison took time out to take him under his wing.
Davison also said he had no sympathy for Tander, whose race was finished after McLaughlin slammed into his Holden.
He said Whincup, McLaughlin and Tander all contributed to the incident and he wouldn’t be the last hard luck story on the mountain.
“It’s racing - it’s not he first and it’s not the last time,” Davison said.
“You leave it all out there on the track and Garth’s pretty opportunistic.
“It’s rewarded him lots of great results on the track. He decided to go for glory and unfortunately the contact was made and they all played a part in the incident to be honest.”