Heimgartner penalised for Courtney spin
Andre Heimgartner has had 15 seconds added to his race time for his tangle with James Courtney on Lap 58 of Race 18 at the Watpac Townsville 400.
Courtney went down the inside of Heimgartner at Turn 11 but the Kelly Racing driver started to draw back alongside the Walkinshaw Andretti United entry at Turn 12.
They then bumped, causing Courtney to spin and back into the wall on driver’s left just as Heimgartner also ploughed into the side of the #22 ZB Commodore, unable to avoid more contact.
Cameron Waters, who went on to finish third, had a near miss with Courtney, who continued in 16th while Macauley Jones passed Heimgartner’s #7 Altima to take up 17th at the time.
Courtney was originally classified in 13th once other already determined time penalties were accounted for, and Heimgartner in 15th.
The latter now drops to 18th due to the driving infringement but remains 15th in the drivers’ championship.
Time penalties for Brad Jones Racing trio Jones, Nick Percat, and Tim Slade, as well as Team 18’s Mark Winterbottom, were determined during the race.
BJR is, however, still under investigation for the fire which erupted in its pit bay and another in the rear of Percat’s #8 ZB Commodore late in the race.
“The DRD has opened, but not yet concluded, an investigation into the fire that happened during the Pit Stop of Car 8 during the late part of the Race,” read the stewards report.
David Reynolds was not punished for the first-lap incident with Scott McLaughlin “as neither Driver was wholly or predominately to blame,” according to the report.
Todd Hazelwood was cleared of wrongdoing for crossing the pit entry chevron due to “exculpating circumstances”.
Results: Race 18, Watpac Townsville 400
|1||97||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Shane van Gisbergen||Holden Commodore ZB||64||1:37:33.2943|
|2||333||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Fabian Coulthard||Ford Mustang GT||64||1:37:34.0784|
|3||6||Monster Energy Racing Team||Cameron Waters||Ford Mustang GT||64||1:37:34.7384|
|4||99||Penrite Racing||Anton De Pasquale||Holden Commodore ZB||64||1:37:35.3391|
|5||55||Supercheap Auto Racing||Chaz Mostert||Ford Mustang GT||64||1:37:36.1045|
|6||100||Castrol Racing||Rick Kelly||Nissan Altima||64||1:37:37.5623|
|7||34||Boost Mobile Racing||James Golding||Holden Commodore ZB||64||1:37:37.9763|
|8||5||The Bottle-O Racing Team||Lee Holdsworth||Ford Mustang GT||64||1:37:38.6355|
|9||33||Boost Mobile Racing||Michael Caruso||Holden Commodore ZB||64||1:37:40.5281|
|10||78||Team Harvey Norman||Simona De Silvestro||Nissan Altima||64||1:37:42.7599|
|11||17||Shell V-Power Racing Team||Scott McLaughlin||Ford Mustang GT||64||1:37:43.5359|
|12||14||Freightliner Racing||Tim Slade||Holden Commodore ZB||64||1:37:57.5545|
|13||22||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||James Courtney||Holden Commodore ZB||63||1:37:36.7124|
|14||19||Truck Assist TEKNO Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Holden Commodore ZB||63||1:37:40.3534|
|15||2||Mobil 1 MEGA Racing||Scott Pye||Holden Commodore ZB||63||1:37:44.7925|
|16||35||Unit Racing||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore ZB||63||1:37:47.1332|
|17||21||Team CoolDrive||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore ZB||63||1:37:49.9174|
|18||7||Plus Fitness Racing||Andre Heimgartner||Nissan Altima||63||1:37:56.7466|
|19||8||Elite Roads Racing||Nick Percat||Holden Commodore ZB||63||1:38:08.6979|
|20||9||Penrite Racing||David Reynolds||Holden Commodore ZB||60||1:37:46.0743|
|21||23||Milwaukee Racing||Will Davison||Ford Mustang GT||51||1:37:49.3180|
|DNF||3||RABBLE.club Racing||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||59||1:28:18.0750|
|DNF||18||Irwin Racing||Mark Winterbottom||Holden Commodore ZB||47||1:37:51.3585|
|DNF||88||Red Bull Holden Racing Team||Jamie Whincup||Holden Commodore ZB||18||24:21.7870|
|3||Shane van Gisbergen||1669|
|11||Anton De Pasquale||1200|
|20||Simona De Silvestro||838|
|22||Jack Le Brocq||667|