Stewards dismiss Prodrive’s Lowndes protest

Craig Lowndes

Craig Lowndes

CAMS Stewards have this evening dismissed Prodrive Racing Australia’s protest against Craig Lowndes from Race 23 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park.

A hearing took place at Sandown this evening following nose-to-tail contact between Lowndes and Mark Winterbottom that sent the latter’s Falcon off the road at Turn 2 midway through the 200km Sydney encounter.

The Red Bull Holden went on to finish 10th, while Winterbottom limped home 16th after suffering steering damage due to a subsequent clash with Andre Heimgartner.

Lowndes, Winterbottom and respective team representatives Roland Dane and Chris O’Toole all attended the hearing in the Sandown paddock, along with Investigating Officer Jason Bargwanna and a panel of three stewards.

Bargwanna had initially investigated the incident in Sydney but elected not to refer the matter to the stewards, triggering the protest from Prodrive.

While the official summary of the hearing’s outcome has yet to be released, stewards have confirmed to no breach of the careless driving rules were established.

Stressing that it has not disturbed his build-up to the Sandown 500, Lowndes says he’s pleased to get the hearing out of the way.

“We knew it was going to be a part of the weekend, I’m now happy we can move on and think about the rest of the weekend,” he said.

“I’m glad the decision has been made now so that we can get over it and get on with racing.”

The dismissal sees Prodrive lose its $4,400 protest fee.

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