Supercars Court receives Triple Eight appeal notice

thumbTriple Eight Race Engineering has proceeded with its intention to appeal the severity of the penalty which saw Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell lose the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

The appeal was received at 16.29pm (AEDT) in the wake of a 15-second penalty handed to car #88 after stewards ruled that Whincup had been guilty of careless driving resulting in contact with Scott McLaughlin 11 laps from the finish.

Triple Eight’s appeal will now be heard at the County Court of Victoria in Melbourne at 7pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, October 18.

Triple Eight’s notice came several hours after a decision of the Court to reject an application by the Brisbane team to expand its grounds of appeal.

A Supercars statement today explained that Triple Eight’s original appeal “could only seek to downgrade the penalty from a grade two to a grade one which carries a 10 second penalty and could not have the incident re-investigated or the charge dropped”.

Although a reduction to a 10 second time penalty would give Whincup and Dumbrell eighth place, ensuring Will Davison and Jonathon Webb the win, CAMS has subsequently stressed that the Bathurst 1000 remains subject to the Court’s final determination.

“The Court has the power to impose its own penalty which may or may not include time penalties,” the statement read.

The session will be closed to media, however video footage will be distributed at the conclusion of the hearing from CAMS.

As confirmation of the lodgement of the appeal was received, the V8 Supercars Court of Appeal explained in detail why it came to its interim decision to dismiss the amended.

Appeal chairman Walter Sofronoff, QC, has written a thorough explanation on how it arrived at its earlier decision today.

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