Sandown should have been a better result, but the die was cast early on, when Allan received a drive through penalty early on, for allegedly forcuing Christien Klien off at Turn 9. Such variability form the stewards is well known and a bone of contention for many. When Jason Bright shunted the back of Johny Reid's car on a restart, effectively finishing the New Zealanders race, no one batted an eyelid, Bright going about his regular business. Allan and Steve would finish 21st.
Bathurst was a much better affair, initially, after qualifying 18th, Allan found himself in 9th place after the second fuel stop, only to have that come undone later in the race.
With Allan churning out some of the best consistent times he has ever delivered at Bathurst, things were looking very promising for a P6 or P7 finish.
Now with Steve in the #18 racer, still running at the front, a tyre delaminated, six laps from when the scheduled pitstop was due. That forced the early stop, effectively throwing the fuel cycles out the window.
Also running off the same fueling gantry
was the #17 car of Moffat and Alex Davison, who were indecive as to when they should stop. When Alex did actually pit, the team was not prepared and it was also a moment before the scheduled stop for Allan.
That caused a huge delay, having to service the #17 car first. To make matters worse, Alex stalled the car when leaving the pit box, adding further time to what was already a damaging pit stop. From there on, it was an uphill battle and Allan and Steve finished 17th, one spot better than they started, in what was a rather processional race at the Mountain.
Clearly the pace had been there yet the cards fell the wrong way this year.