Seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup has crashed out of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The Red Bull Holden Racing Team star was in the midst of a battle with Penrite Racing’s Brodie Kostecki for fourth. Having tried to fake a pass under brakes at the Chase the previous lap, Whincup tried to get by Kostecki at Griffins Bend only for the Super2 regular to shut the door.
This prompted Whincup to try around the outside at the Cutting, only for him to find the loose surface on the wide line — car No. 888 sliding wide and into the wall and out of the race.
“Brodie wasn’t making it easy, but he’s entitled to do that,” Whincup said afterwards. “I was pushing hard to get through. In hindsight I wish I just waited another lap.”
The subsequent safety car and flurry of pit-stops has seen Scott McLaughlin’s co-driver Tim Slade lose the race lead to Cameron Waters, who with co-driver Will Davison has held second for much of the race.
Shane van Gisbergen has hopped into his car for the first time, now sitting third over Kostecki, Chaz Mostert, and Lee Holdsworth. Jack Le Brocq, Fabian Coulthard, Nick Percat, and Andre Heimgartner round out the current top 10.