Pye, Caruso hit with Barbagallo points penalties

Pye has been penalised for punting Heimgartner

Pye has been penalised for punting Heimgartner

Scott Pye and Michael Caruso have both been given points penalties for careless driving in the closing stages of Race 9 at Barbagallo.

Pye has been deducted 25 points following contact with Andre Heimgartner at Turn 1 on lap 79.

The incident, which Pye felt occurred due to a mechanical problem with the DJR Team Penske Ford, put both cars out of the race.

The penalty drops Pye to the bottom of the standings, now with less points from two events than Marcos Ambrose scored in Adelaide.

Nissan driver Caruso has meanwhile lost 15 points for contact with Lee Holdsworth at Turn 7 on lap 74.

Caruso tapped Holdsworth wide to take 12th position as the pair battled behind Mark Winterbottom, who was dropping backwards through the field on his worn tyres.

The factory Altima driver finished 10th in the race and remains 21st in the standings having also earned a points penalty in the Adelaide season opener.

Updated points standings

1 Craig Lowndes 717
2 James Courtney 665
3 Mark Winterbottom 643
4 Fabian Coulthard 641
5 Jamie Whincup 630
6 Shane Van Gisbergen 595
7 Garth Tander 595
8 Chaz Mostert 545
9 David Reynolds 486
10 Rick Kelly 431
11 Jason Bright 429
12 Will Davison 399
13 Todd Kelly 394
14 Nick Percat 349
15 James Moffat 332
16 Dale Wood 331
17 Scott McLaughlin 318
18 Tim Slade 311
19 Lee Holdsworth 309
20 Tim Blanchard 298
21 Michael Caruso 273
22 Andre Heimgartner 272
23 David Wall 237
24 Ashley Walsh 194
26 Marcos Ambrose 125
25 Scott Pye 118



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