Aaren Russell handed 25 point penalty

Aaren Russell

Aaren Russell

Aaren Russell’s tough initiation into full-time V8 Supercars Championship duties has continued with the Erebus driver receiving a 25 point penalty for careless driving in Race 1.

Russell tangled with Lee Holdsworth at Turn 6 on the opening lap, spinning the Team 18 Holden in the process.

The 24-year-old Russell had earlier been handed a two-place grid penalty on Friday for impeding Jamie Whincup during qualifying.

Starting off the back on both occasions, Russell went on to finish 25th and 22nd in the two races.

The Russell/Holdsworth tangle was the only incident to attract a post-race penalty following a relatively clean two 125km Saturday heats.

Investigating Officer Jason Bargwanna also looked into contact between Nissan’s Rick Kelly and DJR Team Penske’s Fabian Coulthard in Race 2, but declared that no breach of rules had occurred.

Stewards meanwhile handed down a 25 point penalty to Kurt Kostecki in yesterday’s Dunlop Series race following contact with Josh Kean.

Kean’s Brad Jones Racing entry was spun into the wall at the exit of Turn 9 due to the hit from the Triple Eight-built Holden.

Updated points standings after Race 2

1
James Courtney
144
2
Jamie Whincup
144
3
Scott McLaughlin
120
4
Shane Van Gisbergen
119
5
Chaz Mostert
92
6
Craig Lowndes
87
7
Michael Caruso
84
8
Scott Pye
82
9
Mark Winterbottom
81
10
Todd Kelly
79
11
Will Davison
78
12
Rick Kelly
75
13
Garth Tander
73
14
Fabian Coulthard
70
15
Jason Bright
69
16
Cameron Waters
64
17
James Moffat
57
18
David Reynolds
55
19
Dale Wood
47
20
Andre Heimgartner
41
21
Lee Holdsworth
39
22
Tim Blanchard
32
23
Tim Slade
27
24
Chris Pither
25
25
Nick Percat
21
26
Aaren Russell
9

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