Davison/Webb win Bathurst 1000 after event's closest ever finish

Will Davison and Jonathon Webb have taken an emotional win in the 2016 Bathurst 1000 after on-the-road winner Jamie Whincup was penalised

Davison/Webb win Bathurst 1000 after event's closest ever finish

The eventual victors, sharing the single entry from the small Tekno Autosports Holden team, started the day 17th after a troubled build-up, but stayed out of trouble to win the closest finish in the history of the event.

They also became the first winners of the 1000 without leading a single lap.

Whincup was the first driver to cross the line but was penalised 15 seconds for his role in an incident that put Garth Tander out of the race and sent Scott McLaughlin's Volvo into the pits and out of contention.

"It's amazing," said Webb. "We had the heartache in '14, but we won it."

Webb looked like winning the race two years ago until his co-driver Shane van Gisbergen stalled after the final pit stop of the race.

Earlier this year Tekno won the Bathurst 12 Hour, Webb and van Gisbergen sharing with Alvaro Parente.

It was a controversial race from the beginning. Whincup clearly had the speed, but after half a race with no safety cars, the last 70 laps were interrupted by regular yellow flags, which brought the leaders back to the pack, and put many of the cars on a fuel saving strategy.

Second in the race was, amazingly enough, van Gisbergen and co-driver Alex Premat in their Red Bull Holden, while Nick Percat/Cameron McConville overcame a lowly 22nd grid spot to take third for the single-car Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport team.

It was a hard day for defending winner Craig Lowndes/Steven Richards, who lost time with a broken gear linkage, and for Mark Winterbottom/Dean Canto.

They were well placed for a late-race challenge until a brake disc broke approaching the 180mph Chase corner, pitching Winterbottom off the road.

Young stars Cam Waters/Jack Le Brocq were fourth ahead of Scott Pye/Tony D'Alberto and Fabian Coulthard/Luke Youlden, no doubt impressing team owner Roger Penske, who was present to witness Bathurst for the first time.

One of the drives of the race came from Tim Slade/Ash Walsh.

The pair were well in contention, but after losing two laps with a pit fire, came surging back to seventh place after some swift driving and clever strategy.

BATHURST 1000 RESULT

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 W.Davison, J.Webb Tekno Holden 161 6h19m25.3237s
2 S.Gisbergen, A.Premat Triple Eight Holden 161 0.1434s
3 N.Percat, C.McConville Dumbrell Holden 161 2.8554s
4 C.Waters, J.Le Brocq Prodrive Ford 161 3.2351s
5 S.Pye, T.D'Alberto DJR Penske Ford 161 3.8215s
6 F.Coulthard, L.Youlden DJR Penske Ford 161 4.0336s
7 T.Slade, A.Walsh Brad Jones Holden 161 4.1968s
8 M.Caruso, D.Fiore Nissan Motorsport Nissan 161 6.0884s
9 D.Wood, D.Russell Nissan Motorsport Nissan 161 8.3833s
10 T.Blanchard, M.Jones Britek/BJR Holden 161 8.8587s
11 J.Whincup, P.Dumbrell Triple Eight Holden 161 9.7216s
12 C.Pither, R.Stanaway Super Black/PRA Ford 161 16.4443s
13 J.Courtney, J.Perkins HRT Holden 161 19.2488s
14 S.de Silvestro, R.Gracie Nissan Motorsport Nissan 159 2 Laps
15 S.McLaughlin, D.Wall GRM Volvo 159 2 Laps
16 C.Lowndes, S.Richards Triple Eight Holden 156 5 Laps
17 C.van der Drift, S.Davies Erebus Holden 156 5 Laps
18 D.Reynolds, C.Baird Erebus Holden 148 13 Laps
19 C.Mostert, S.Owen Rod Nash/PRA Ford 147 14 Laps
- T.Kelly, M.Campbell Nissan Motorsport Nissan 157 Retirement
- R.Kelly, R.Ingall Nissan Motorsport Nissan 156 Retirement
- G.Tander, W.Luff HRT Holden 150 Retirement
- M.Winterbottom, D.Canto Prodrive Ford 132 Retirement
- A.Heimgartner, A.Russell Dumbrell Holden 114 Retirement
- J.Moffat, J.Golding GRM Volvo 108 Retirement
- J.Bright, A.Jones Brad Jones Holden 89 Retirement
- L.Holdsworth, K.Reindler Schwerkolt Holden 2 Retirement


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