Fallout coming from Supercars controversy

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Jamie Whincup is expecting fallout at Red Bull headquarters after ignoring instructions to help Supercars championship-leading teammate Shane van Gisbergen, but he is not about to apologise for his controversial tactics.

Two of the modern-day Australian touring car greats engaged in an enthralling battle during the final race in Sydney on Sunday.

Van Gisbergen, who has won 13 races this season and is closing in on securing his second Supercars title, became frustrated and questioned why he was being run off the track by his own teammate and future boss.

Seven-time title winner Whincup will retire from racing at season's end and take over as Triple Eight supremo from stalwart Roland Dane.

The 38-year-old was quoted by Red Bull media saying he apologised to team manager Mark Dutton for not letting van Gisbergen pass but Whincup was not quite as warm in the official press conference.

"'Dutto' did tell me to move over and I elected not to so there will be discussions over that," Whincup said.

"When you calm down, I guess, it's the wrong thing and I've probably done the wrong thing there but it certainly wasn't the wrong thing 20 laps into a race - it was the right thing.

"I don't think there's an apology necessary either way.

"We'll just keep working together to win the team's championship, and of course, the driver's championship.

"There's a good chance we'll be pretty close to each other on the track next weekend and hopefully the same thing at Bathurst (next month).

"If you live your life not exposing yourself or get involved in any conflict then you should sell ice cream on the corner."

With eight laps remaining Van Gisbergen was on Whincup's bumper as they closed in on race leader Will Brown, and the teammates' cars touched several times.

But the Red Bull civil war paved the way for rookie Brown to secure his maiden Supercars win, with Whincup and van Gisbergen rounding out the podium.

Van Gisbergen (2678) holds an almost unassailable championship lead over Whincup (2341) in second ahead of the last of four consecutive rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park, before the season finishes with the Bathurst 1000 on December 5.

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