Penske protests ri­val in Aus­tralian Su­per­cars

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Scott Mclaugh­lin will take a 14-point lead into the Aus­tralian Su­per­cars fi­nale at New­cas­tle af­ter his team’s protest of ti­tle ri­val Shane van Gis­ber­gen’s race one win at Pukekohe last week­end failed.

A con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion not to pe­nalise Triple Eight driver van Gis­ber­gen for his Holden’s wheels spin­ning dur­ing a pit­stop led to a Penske Ford protest, with a hear­ing held on Sun­day morn­ing ahead of race two.

While van Gis­ber­gen was im­me­di­ately cleared over an ini­tial wheel move­ment when en­gag­ing first gear, al­lowed by the reg­u­la­tions, a sec­ondary move­ment as the car came off the jacks led to an in­quiry that went well into the night.

The stew­ards stuck with their orig­i­nal de­ci­sion not to im­pose a penalty on van Gis­ber­gen.

Mclaugh­lin went on to win the sec­ond race last week­end while Triple Eight used team or­ders to pro­mote van Gis­ber­gen into sec­ond. With 300 points on of­fer at the last round of the sea­son on No­vem­ber 23-25, Mclaugh­lin holds a nar­row lead.

Penske’s Mclaugh­lin leads

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