10 Oct 2016

Davison adamant he won't lose Bathurst title

6:48 pm on 10 October 2016

The Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars winner Will Davison is adamant Jamie Whincup's appeal won't cost him the title.

Will Davison and Jonathon Webb win Bathurst 2016.

Will Davison and Jonathon Webb win Bathurst 2016. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Whincup's Red Bull Racing team have launched a protest to the Supercars court of appeal after being hit with a 15-second penalty with 12 laps to race, costing him victory.

Whincup was penalised for his role in a crash on lap 150 in which New Zealand driver Scott McLaughlin plowed into Garth Tander when he tried to re-enter the course.

Though Whincup crossed the Mount Panorama line first, the penalty relegated him to 11th place.

Davison said while Whincup had every right to appeal, he wasn't concerned.

"We're not nervous at all," he said.

"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 New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen to claim the win in the closest ever margin in competitive racing at the Mount.

Davison also said he had no sympathy for Garth 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."