Penske protests rival in Australian Supercars
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