No penalty after Courtney’s Grand Prix spin

James Courtney

Officials have decided there is no penalty to be handed out for the incident at the Australian Grand Prix which left James Courtney facing the wrong way.

The Walkinshaw Andretti United driver found himself turned around early in the final race of the weekend at Albert Park after contact from James Golding.

Complicating the situation was the fact that, prior to the impact with Courtney, Golding had Tim Blanchard and Anton De Pasquale tucked up behind his GRM Commodore.

Rather than making a ruling at the time, stewards elected to defer their decision of the multi-car incident until they’d had a chance to review further information at Symmons Plains.

Having now completed that process, the clash has been deemed a racing incident, with no penalty dished out to any of the drivers involved.

“The (Deputy Race Director) completed an investigation into an incident at Turn 3 in Race 6 at the Australian Grand Prix involving Car #21, Tim Blanchard, Car #25, James Courtney, Car #34, James Golding and Car #99, Anton De Pasquale, the broadcast footage of which was not accessible at the time,” read the steward’s report.

“Having reviewed that broadcast footage, in car camera vision from a number of Cars and data from the Cars involved, no Driver was found to be wholly or predominately to blame for the Incident.”

Courtney and Rick Kelly, who was left with nowhere to go, were both retirements from a race as a result of the incident.

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