Scott McLaughlin and Jamie Whincup went head-to-head for the 2017 Supercars championship at the final race of the season. In the closing stages of the race Whincup looked in prime position – he was leading, whilst McLaughlin was hit with penalties for speeding in the pitlane and contact with another car, dropping him right down the order – surely a set-up for a classic finale if ever there was one!
With Whincup in the lead, McLaughlin had to recover to 11th place to win the title and with two laps to go, that’s exactly where he found himself. He had to fend off a charging Craig Lowndes however, and on the penultimate lap, this happened:
You can't script this.
Absolute drama between @smclaughlin93 and @craiglowndes888. #VASC pic.twitter.com/w3aJJXCuF0
— Supercars (@supercars) November 26, 2017
McLaughlin crossed the line in 11th but was handed a post-race penalty, dropping him down the order and handing a seventh title to Whincup.