18 Dec 2016 — John Smith passed through more than half the field from 15th on the starting grid to second place at the finish line in the Adelaide V8SC in the seventh and final round of the V8 Supercars series.
Driving the Holden, Smith swapped leads multiple rounds with Sperber Moriya in a lengthy and determined battle for third starting midway through, passing each other three times over a stretch of 10 laps. Smith ran the majority pursuing Moriya after targeting him on lap 7, coming from as many as 12 places back. Smith got around Moriya for the second time and into second place on lap 19, and kept it the remaining 13 laps to the finish.
Smith finished the series fifth in the standings. Smith made five starts and led 46 of his 113 laps while taking the victory twice.
Felipe Calderón controlled the top spot most of all, leading 21 of 32 laps on a run to first place.
Calderón ran all of 12 laps total pursuing Mark Carty after engaging him on the first lap. Calderón launched a prolonged challenge at Carty in the beginning, staying within a car length behind him and gaining ground over a continuous run of 11 laps. Calderón passed Carty and into first place when Carty retired on lap 12, and controlled it the final 20 laps to the finish.
Calderón finished the series 10th in the standings. Calderón made two starts and led 32 of his 60 laps while taking the victory once.
Gerardo Doglioli made a final pass on the last lap for a fifth-place finish.
Doglioli traded positions with Gilles Lalonde in a drawn-out battle for fifth late in the action, wrangling over a span of 26 laps. Doglioli ran the majority leading Lalonde after being engaged by him on the third lap. After losing the spot on lap 26, Doglioli cleared Lalonde and into fifth place on his final lap.
Doglioli finished the series in front of the standings. Doglioli made seven starts and led 36 of his 220 laps while taking the win once.
V8 Supercars series finished its season after seven rounds spanning two months. A total of 35 drivers competed for points in the championship.
Gerardo Doglioli captured the championship in a tight campaign over Sperber Moriya, separated by just a single grid spot in the end. Doglioli led 36 laps and took one win in seven races. Sperber Moriya and Carl Schulz finished within a race of the title. Gilles Lalonde and John Smith rounded out the Top 5.
Jason Whited won third place.