Whincup stripped of Pukekohe podium 

Jamie Whincup

Jamie Whincup has been stripped of his second place finish at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint following a post-race investigation.

Stewards have handed the seven-time Supercars champion a 15-second penalty for contact on Nick Percat on Lap 2 which resulted in the Brad Jones Racing driver spinning at the Turn 8 hairpin.

Whincup, who started Race 23 of the season from 12th, attempted a dive underneath Scott Pye but hit Percat, who was on the outside of the corner.

The Triple Eight driver powered on from there to finish second on the road behind team-mate and race winner Shane van Gisbergen.

As a result of the post-race investigation, Triple Eight has lost its one-two finish, with Cameron Waters now inheriting second, while Penrite Racing’s David Reynolds takes third.

“Following a post-race investigation and an admission by Car 88, Jamie Whincup, of a breach of the Code of Driving Conduct (Schedule 2.2.1 – Careless Driving – causing contact with Car 8, Nick Percat, on Turn 8 on Lap 2), the Stewards imposed a 15 second time penalty on Car 88, Jamie Whincup,” read a report from the stewards.

Whincup, who drops to sixth as a result, apologised to Percat immediately after the race.

“I went down and spoke to his whole crew, and Nick as well,” said Whincup.

“You don’t want to take those, you don’t want contact, you just want hard, clean racing. But sometimes contact happens.”

Meanwhile, Percat was left frustrated by the clash having had a fast car underneath him during the race.

“Jamie just said sorry. It was a pretty shit birthday present,” said Percat, who turns 31 years of age today.

“I don’t know what, honestly, I could have done from my position.

“I was just turning and it looks like he’s had a lunge on Pye and kind of misjudged how slow everyone was going. I was just on the racing line doing my thing.

“(It’s) disappointing, obviously the car was fast, to come back from last or a long way back and get back to 12th.

“(The) frustrating thing is we’re showing good pace and we’ve got some new stuff in the car, everyone here at BJR is doing a mega job, and I just want to get some more good results.

“Disappointing. (We will) fight back tomorrow and see how we go.”

Percat was adamant that a penalty should have been issued in-race, adding: “I would have assumed an instant drive-through penalty which, to be honest, would have been fair for any form of motorsport over the years.”

The ITM Auckland SuperSprint concludes with a 200km race on Sunday.

Results: Race 23, ITM Auckland SuperSprint Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:07.6388
2 6 Monster Energy Racing Team Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 70 1:19:20.2879
3 9 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:23.0666
4 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Scott McLaughlin Ford Mustang GT 70 1:19:23.7278
5 5 The Bottle-O Racing Team Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 70 1:19:24.5302
6 88 Red Bull Holden Racing Team Jamie Whincup Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:25.0018
7 12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Fabian Coulthard Ford Mustang GT 70 1:19:29.0219
8 7 Plus Fitness Racing Andre Heimgartner Nissan Altima 70 1:19:29.6345
9 23 Milwaukee Racing Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 70 1:19:32.4612
10 33 Boost Mobile Racing Richie Stanaway Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:33.5656
11 14 Machinery House Racing Tim Slade Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:34.2994
12 8 NZ Safety Blackwoods Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:39.4878
13 2 Mobil 1 Racing Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:39.9183
14 35 Bigmate Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:45.4886
15 99 Penrite Racing Anton De Pasquale Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:45.9585
16 78 Team Harvey Norman Simona De Silvestro Nissan Altima 70 1:19:46.2248
17 22 Mobil 1 Racing James Courtney Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:19:47.6236
18 3 RABBLE.club Racing Garry Jacobson Nissan Altima 70 1:19:49.8172
19 15 Castrol Racing Rick Kelly Nissan Altima 70 1:19:54.6695
20 21 Team CoolDrive Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 70 1:20:05.5406
21 19 Truck Assist TEKNO Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 69 1:19:21.9992
22 18 Irwin Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 65 1:19:56.9295
23 34 Boost Mobile Racing James Golding Holden Commodore ZB 60 1:19:52.4998
24 55 Supercheap Auto Racing Chaz Mostert Ford Mustang GT 56 1:20:09.3370

Championship points Updated

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott McLaughlin 2858
2 Shane van Gisbergen 2272
3 Fabian Coulthard 2248
4 Chaz Mostert 2198
5 Jamie Whincup 2083
6 David Reynolds 2051
7 Cameron Waters 1912
8 Nick Percat 1774
9 Will Davison 1745
10 Lee Holdsworth 1644
11 Anton De Pasquale 1620
12 Andre Heimgartner 1478
13 James Courtney 1456
14 Mark Winterbottom 1426
15 Tim Slade 1407
16 Scott Pye 1258
17 Rick Kelly 1230
18 Todd Hazelwood 1180
19 James Golding 1139
20 Simona De Silvestro 1033
21 Jack Le Brocq 856
22 Macauley Jones 852
23 Garry Jacobson 812
24 Richie Stanaway 650
25 Jack Smith 285
26 Michael Caruso 222
27 Chris Pither 159
28 Thomas Randle 108
29 Tim Blanchard 93

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