Gold Coast’s Will Davison wins Bathurst 1000 by 0.14 of a second

UPDATE 6:00pM | GOLD Coaster Will Davison and his co-driver Jonathan Webb have just won the 2016 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in what was a truly thrilling finish.

Shane van Gisbergen and his co-driver Alex Premat from Red Bull Racing came in second, just 0.14 of a second behind Holden’s Davidson – the closest competitive margin in the race’s history.

Davison clinched his second Bathurst title after a dramatic incident involving Jamie Whincup with just 10 laps to go.


Whincup was hit with a 15-second penalty after a collision with Scott McLaughlin and Garth Tander which effectively ended the trio’s race.

It was the third year in a row Whincup has blown his chances of victory in the closing stages of Australia’s biggest race. The six-time Supercars Champion eventually finished 11th.

After a relatively incident-free first half of the race, it exploded into life with a number of crashes, safety cars, dramatic passes and controversial incidents.

Van Gisbergen and co-driver Alex Premat’s second place was their best Bathurst result with Nick Percat and Cameron McConville finishing third to complete the podium.

The Harvey Norman Supergirls Simona De Silvestro and Renee Gracie finished a respectable 14th in their best Bathurst result.

Today’s race was preceded with a special tribute to legend Peter Brock on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Supercars drivers took part in a special parade of some of Brock’s famous Bathurst cars before the race.

Brock’s brother Phil presented the Peter Brock Trophy to Davison and Webb on the podium.

In all, 204,512 fans attended the four-day event – the second biggest ever crowd in the history of the race.

EARLIER: THE second biggest ever crowd has flocked to Mount Panorama for today’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The four-day attendance of 204,512 is the highest since 2012 which saw 207,205 people turn out for the event’s 50th anniversary.

This year’s event has celebrated nine-time Bathurst winner Peter Brock, on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Supercars drivers took part in a special parade in some of Brock’s famous race cars before the start of today’s big race.

Natalie Bassingthwaite performed the national anthem before a Virgin Australia flyover of the famous circuit.

Fans around the circuit gave Brock, who car carried the number 05 during his career, a standing ovation on lap five of the race.

His brother Phil will present the winners of today’s race with Peter Brock Trophy named in his honour.

Pole sitter Jamie Whincup and co-driver Paul Dumbrell led throughout the early stages of the race with all teams bar three opting to start the race with their main drivers.

Team 18’s recent bad luck continued when Lee Holdsworth and Karl Reindler were forced to retire after just laps due to engine problems.

There was more drama when the Holden Commodore of reigning Bathurst champions Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards suffered a gearbox problem, sending them out of contention.