Bathurst 1000 winner Will Davison will spend the week planning Jamie Whincup's bucks party as race officials consider a protest that threatens to deliver the Peter Brock trophy to his close mate.
Davison revealed he celebrated his incredible Bathurst win with Whincup on Mount Panorama on Sunday night shortly after Red Bull Racing Australia fired in an official protest over the result.
While the motor racing world was divided over the 15-second penalty that relegated Whincup from first place to 11th, Davison said not even the potential of having his against-the-odds Bathurst crown usurped could affect the pair's 20-year friendship.
"He actually came and had a beer with me," Davison said.
"That is how I celebrated the win. I just has a quiet beer in the motorhome with Jamie, (fiancee) Riana (Crehan) and my family."
Red Bull paid $10,000 to challenge the penalty handed to Whincup after he collided with Volvo's Scott McLaughlin with 11 laps remaining, causing a chaotic crash that claimed Garth Tander's Holden Racing Team car.
Whincup was the first driver home in the 161-lap race but passed the chequered flag with the 15-second penalty hanging over his head that denied him a fifth Mount Panorama victory.
Davison was second across the line and, as the sport prepares for the rule-book showdown that has sparked a Supercars war, he will spend the week planning Whincup's pre-wedding night out.
The pair have been close after forging a friendship while racing go-carts two decades ago.
"We are best mates," Davison said.
"Nothing can ever change that. We have raced against each other for years and we put that on track rivalry aside. As I said Jamie was the first in to congratulate me with a beer in my motorhome. He is a complete professional and someone I admire. What you see is what you get with Jamie, and I am proud of that.
"We are great mates and we understand what racing is and how to separate it from everything else."
Davison continued to celebrate the controversy marred Bathurst win he scored with co-driver Jonathan Webb as Red Bull Racing officials compiled the evidence they will submit to the Supercars appeals court on Tuesday.
"I am not blaming anyone," Davison said.
"RD (Red Bull boss Roland Dane) made the protest with emotions running high. There is a lot of pressure and expectation on them."
Davison said he did not win his latest Bathurst title by default.
"We are proud of the race we executed and we didn't put a foot wrong," Davison said.
"I am enjoying the win, the day and being a Bathurst champion again. We did everything we needed to do to win the race and that is what we did. What they are doing has nothing to do with me."
No date has been set for the hearing that potentially could overturn the result and give Whincup the win.
The Confederation of Australia Motorsport will determined when the matter will be heard after they receive and collect all the relevant evidence.