De Silvestro penalised for Le Brocq clash

Tom Howard

Saturday 24th March, 2018 - 11:27am

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Simona de Silvestro

Stewards have handed Simona de Silvestro a points penalty for a clash with Jack Le Brocq in Race 3 of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Albert Park.

The Nissan Motorsport driver has been docked 25 points for turning around Tekno Autosports’ Le Brocq at Turn 15.

De Silvestro lunged down the inside of Richie Stanaway but misjudged the corner and speared into Le Brocq, sending car #19 into a spin.

The incident forced De Silvestro into retirement while Le Brocq recovered to finish in 20th position.

“Following a post-race DRD investigation and an admission by Car #78, Simona De Silvestro, of a breach of Schedule B2, Article 2.1.1 (Careless Driving –contact with Car #19 at Turn 15 in Race 3), the Stewards imposed the penalty of the Loss of 25 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship points on Car #78, Simona De Silvestro,” read the stewards’ report.

De Silvestro, who will start today’s two races from 20th and 18th, sits 23rd in the points standings having started the weekend in 16th spot.

Stewards also handed Tickford Racing a $3,000 fine and a 30 points penalty for a pit infringement during the race.

Drivers’ championship Updated

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 380
2 David Reynolds 322
3 Scott McLaughlin 307
4 Chaz Mostert 290
5 James Courtney 286
6 Garth Tander 246
7 Scott Pye 236
8 Mark Winterbottom 219
9 Cameron Waters 219
10 Craig Lowndes 218
11 Jamie Whincup 194
12 Michael Caruso 191
13 Tim Slade 190
14 Nick Percat 188
15 Fabian Coulthard 185
16 Will Davison 179
17 Anton De Pasquale 142
18 Rick Kelly 135
19 Lee Holdsworth 134
20 Andre Heimgartner 118
21 Jack Le Brocq 114
22 Todd Hazelwood 107
23 Simona de Silvestro 77
24 James Golding 76
25 Richie Stanaway 67
26 Tim Blanchard 60

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