Tim Slade and Andrew Thompson will start the Dick Smith Sandown 500 with a five grid place penalty.
The #47 Lucky 7 Racing Ford Falcon driver was handed the penalty after an incident during today’s first practice session at the Melbourne track.
Slade was brought in front of the stewards after contact with the #91 Tekno Autosports Commodore, being driven at the time by Jonny Reid.
Following an investigation, Slade pleaded guilty to driving in a dangerous manner and will start the race five grid spots lower than his qualifying position.
Slade admitted that he made contact with Reid, but claimed it was only a minor collision.
“I gave him a bump. The only mark on my car was a tiny bit of rubber on my door,” Slade told Speedcafe.com.
“I’d hardly call it an accident. There’s no damage on my car, and I’d be surprised if there was any damage on his.
“The stewards want to set a precedent for this kind of thing, and I’m the first one to cop a penalty.”
In other stewards matters, a pit lane penalty with a 1 minute stop was imposed Taz Douglas for failing to park in pit lane in accordance with the rules.
Also, the #18 Norton Falcon of James Moffat exceeded the pit lane speed limit, earning him a $300 fine.
The qualifying format for the Sandown 500 will see a 20 minute session determining the grid for an all co-driver race. That will be followed by a separate race for regular drivers, with the finishing order of that affair setting the grid for Sunday’s 500km event.
CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s report from today’s final practice session.
CLICK HERE for Speedcafe.com’s news story on the removal of the speed humps at Turn 12.
See below for Speedcafe.com’s Sandown 500 Race Guide