Seven-time Supercars champion Jamie Whincup says the feud between Scott McLaughlin and Dave Reynolds is good for the sport as the trio prepare to lock horns in Ipswich.
McLaughlin's six race winning streak ended in Townsville earlier this month when he and Reynolds collided in race 18 of the championship.
They'll meet again at the Ipswich Supersprint this weekend, where Whincup will look to end a 24-race winless streak - his longest stretch without a victory in 13 years.
McLaughlin and his Ford Mustang have been practically untouchable in 2019 and will only be rivalled for back-to-back championships by his DJR Team Penske teammate Fabian Coulthard.
Whincup backed Reynolds for challenging McLaughlin's dominance and said the ensuing feud was a healthy rivalry, but stopped short of saying who was at fault.
"It's good for the sport, for sure. They both ran into each other in Townsville and were both pretty disappointed about it," Whincup told AAP.
"Everyone has been pretty vocal about who should have done what and who should have yielded.
"I just think it was a racing incident. Both guys were pushing pretty hard trying to get in the same spot on the track and unfortunately they both ended up with damage."
Triple Eight star Whincup admitted his form slump was frustrating but emphasised he was happy with the direction of his team.
"It some ways (it's strange) for sure but we're somewhat satisfied with the results we've been having, all things considered," Whincup said.
"The competition is very tough this year, there's a lot of teams doing a good job. We're not slitting our wrists but we'd certainly like a few more wins.
"It does look like (his toughest season at Triple Eight) results wise, but we've done some good things.
"The category has changed quite a bit in the past 12 months so we're sort of regrouping in a way and going on a bit of a development plan to make the cars faster.
"We're actually much happier than what the results show."
Whincup, 36, was confident he'd avoid his first winless season since his rookie racing days more than a decade ago but admitted the Ipswich track could be tough to negotiate.
"I enjoy Ipswich because it's a home race but it's a fairly simple circuit," he said.
"Like anything, the simpler it is the more technical it becomes. Like a 100-metre sprint, it seems pretty straightforward but it's unbelievably technical at the same time.
"It's a very difficult track to pass on so I feel qualifying well is going to be pretty important this weekend."
Qualifying begins on Friday before races on Saturday and Sunday.