Cameron Waters has cut a furious figure after a five-second penalty cost him victory in Race 11 at the Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight.

The Tickford Racing driver effectively led for the entire 46-lapper having beaten pole-sitter Will Davison to the first corner.

Even after a red flag stoppage to conduct track repairs following Scott Pye’s mammoth crash, Waters was comfortable at the head of the field until the Shell V-Power Racing Team brought in their #17 driver for a shot at the undercut on Lap 24.

Waters pitted a lap later and emerged ahead, although Davison had closed to within striking distance and launched an impressive dive down the inside at Turn 7.

Following some mid-corner contact, Waters ran wide and accelerated around the outside of the kerb and back into the lead – drawing the ire of Davison over the radio.

Soon enough, Waters was whacked with a penalty, five seconds hanging over his head to be added at the end of the race.

A Safety Car brought out by Will Brown stopping on track made matters worse, bunching up the field for the run home.

Waters crossed the line first but was relegated to fourth behind Davison, Anton De Pasquale and Andre Heimgartner.

A clearly emotional Waters stormed out of his #6 Monster Energy Mustang, sharing a glimmer of his frustration when approached by Supercars presenter Mark Larkham.

“First of all, I wouldn’t have been out there if I didn’t get doored, but I’m all for hard racing, I love that part of it,” Waters said.

“I have been racing for years, everyone has been doing that and no one has ever got a penalty for it, I’m the first one.”

Tickford CEO Tim Edwards had already made his stance well known.

“It’s bullshit. Clearly Will [Davison] drove him off the track,” he said.

“We’re always going to have a difference of opinion, but there’s two sides to that. He should not have got a five-second penalty, it’s bullshit.”

Divisive Waters penalty explained

Supercars’ driving standards advisor Craig Baird has explained why Cameron Waters was handed a five-second penalty that controversially decided Race 11 at Wanneroo Raceway.

Will Davison lunged Waters into Turn 7 immediately after the pit stop cycle, the latter hanging onto the race lead after skirting around the kerb on exit.

With a late-race Safety Car bunching the field, the five-second time penalty became all the more severe, demoting a furious Waters to fourth.

“The pass was done. Davison got up the inside cleanly, made rotation,” Baird told Speedcafe.com.

“My interpretation of what Cam did, he then becomes the car that’s been passed, so the onus is on him to concede the corner.

“He made a very clear decision, very early in the piece of ‘I don’t have any other option but to get to the throttle, open the steering up and go around the back of the kerb’.

“If he had have come out next to Will, as they went into the corner, play on. And that’s how we have adjudicated the other ones: he who leads the corner.

“Cam could have conceded, come out next to him and he would have lost at the next corner anyway.

“He has taken it upon himself to go outside track limits by a country mile – and I’m not saying other people haven’t, they have – but did they pass a car for that?

“Davison had the corner, he didn’t shovel him off the road, Cam opened the steering wheel early and got to the throttle and went right around the outside of him.”

He further added: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing. I can sit in TV land as well and be a commentator and go through 46 laps of that corner and get someone to cut everyone that did it.

“During the race you can only see what you can see, you can only adjudicate on what is put in front of you.

“It is what it is. I’m sure if Cam gets passed on the outside there, he’s not going to be happy.

“I went through it piece by piece with the team; they left here, they understood how I adjudicated it.”