Peter Brock’s brother says Jamie Whincup would not have been a worthy recipient of the winner’s trophy named after his famous sibling after a controversial Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
Whincup’s Holden team have launched a protest after a time penalty relegated the four-time winner to 11th in Sunday’s Great Race despite crossing the line first.
Instead Holden’s Will Davison was handed the Peter Brock Trophy for the second time.
Phil Brock awarded Davison the trophy after a Bathurst 1000 that honoured the 10th anniversary of his brother’s death.
“I think it is fitting a small, hard working team like that won the Peter Brock Trophy,” he told AAP.
“Sure Will came from the blue a bit but he had worked so hard.
“Peter would have been going ‘you bloody deserve this’.”
Brock said it would not have sat well with his brother if Whincup had been the winner after being involved in a spectacular incident with 11 laps left in the enduro classic.
“When it looked like Whincup was going to win I was thinking ‘this is not what the trophy is about’,” he said.
“Peter was about racing and giving it your best shot.”
The drama began when Whincup tried to snatch second spot from Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin on lap 150.
He made contact with McLaughlin at The Chase, forcing the Volvo driver off the track.
McLaughlin weaved back onto the track, spectacularly crashing with Holden’s Garth Tander as Whincup continued on, eventually grabbing the lead.
Six time Supercars series winner Whincup already knew he had been slugged with the 15-second penalty by the time he crossed the line, ensuring he not only missed the podium but the top 10.
The protest hearing is expected to be heard in Melbourne in the coming days.
“It is Bathurst, we crossed the line first and we were not there by accident,” Whincup’s Holden team boss Mark Dutton told speedcafe website.
“We are trying to maintain the finishing position he deserved.”
Meanwhile, McLaughlin was on Sunday night penalised 25 championship points for his part in the incident.
Stewards ruled that McLaughlin contributed to the incident with Tander by re-entering the track.
Whincup apologised to McLaughlin after the race but did not speak to Tander.
“I was pretty angry when he spoke to me so I didn’t really speak back but he did come see me and said ‘sorry but I thought the move was on’,” McLaughlin said.
Tander’s Holden team boss Ryan Walkinshaw was livid.
“A @holden_racing Bathurst win robbed from us with 10 laps to go by two people running out of talent who should know better. Gutting,” he tweeted.
He added after McLaughlin apologised to Tander in the HRT sheds: “@smclaughlin good bloke for coming to apologise to the boys. Somehow I doubt we will see the other bloke who caused the whole mess.”