Driving standards were a hot topic at the recent Castrol Townsville 500, where many of the category’s star drivers proved more than willing to rub panels as they fought for position.
Stewards investigated eight instances of car-to-car contact in the opening race alone, which had provided one of the most entertaining first laps in the category’s history.
Although Safety Car periods due to major incidents have been relatively scarce this year, the tight nature of the modern V8 Supercars pack ensures plenty of contact and resulting flared tempers between teams and drivers.
Frustration reached boiling point for Jeld-Wen Ford owner Charlie Schwerkolt in Townsville, where he suggested that Todd Kelly should be benched for a race following contact with Jack Perkins.
Kelly and fellow former Bathurst winners Craig Lowndes and Will Davison were all handed points penalties following Race 20, adding to those accrued by Jamie Whincup, Shane van Gisbergen, James Courtney, Chaz Mostert, Lee Holdsworth, James Moffat and Nick Percat earlier in the season.
The Townsville event meanwhile ended with Garth Tander stating that he had deliberately made minor contact with Whincup in their late battle for the lead in order to “send a message” to the five-time champion and his team.
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