Sitting comfortably in the top ten has been Fabian Coulthard's spot all year but today's race, along with his Championship position, took a hit at the last hurdle.
The disappointing result saw James Courtney leap-frog him to finish tenth in the V8 Supercar Championship points standings, relegating Coulthard to 11th. V8 Supercars will be back on track after the summer break for the Clipsal 500 from February 28th to March 3rd.
Fabian Coulthard, Lockwood Racing: "I went over the chicane at Turn Six and Seven and when I landed the car felt strange. I knew from then on that we had broken or damaged something and it turned out to be a right-rear puncture.
There's not much you can do about that on the second-last lap.
"We could have finished sixth or seventh without too much drama today but obviously that's just racing.
"Unfortunately the enduros were not so kind to the team. We lost a lot of points that could easily have got us in the Championship top ten but I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the Car of the Future now."