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McLaughlin fined $13k for post-race celebrations

Tom Howard

Sunday 28th July, 2019 - 6:00pm

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Scott McLaughlin with the poster which attracted one of the fines

Scott McLaughlin has copped fines totalling $13,000 for his post-race celebrations after winning Race 20 at the Century Batteries Ipswich SuperSprint.

Stewards have issued two separate fines to the championship leader for his post-race burnout and for displaying a non permitted item on the podium.

McLaughlin has been handed a $10,000 fine for showing a poster celebrating Ford’s manufacturers’ championship triumph which was achieved with the Kiwi’s 14th win of the season.

The Ford branded poster displayed the words ‘Ford News: Mustang wins title.’

In addition to this fine, McLaughlin has been relieved of another $3000 for completing a burnout past the nominated points on the circuit.

“Following a post-race DRD investigation and admission of a breach of the End of Race Procedures for Race 20 (burnouts past the nominated points) by Car 17, Scott McLaughlin, the Stewards imposed the penalty of a fine of $3000 on Scott McLaughlin,” read the stewards summary regarding the burnout.

“Following a post-race DRD investigation and admission of a breach of Rule E6.8.2 (non-permitted item on the podium) by Car 17, Scott McLaughlin, the Stewards imposed the penalty of a fine of $10,000 on Scott McLaughlin,” it stated about the poster.

It wasn’t the only high level penalty issued by the stewards.

Tickford Racing and Triple Eight have been fined and deducted team points for a breach of the rules regarding the location of their refuelling towers.

Tickford breached the rule with each of its two car teams (Tickford Racing 1 cars #5 and #55; and Tickford Racing 2 cars #6 and #23) resulting in a combined $20,000 fine with $10,000 suspended.

For each offence, the team has lost 50 teams’ points.

Triple Eight has been issued a $10,000 fine, with $5000 suspended, and the 50 points penalty for the same breach.

“Following a post-race DRD investigation and an admission of a breach of Rule D25.6.1.4 (Refuelling Tower) and of the Authorised Representative briefing instructions, by each of the following Teams, the Stewards imposed the penalty of the Loss of 50 Teams Championship Points and a fine of $10,000, $5000 of which is suspended until 31 December 2019,” read the stewards report.

Triple Eight remains in second position, 807 points behind DJR Team Penske, while Tickford Racing 1 and Tickford Racing 2 are third and fifth respectively.

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