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Officials admit Pukekohe Safety Car ‘could have been handled better’

Tom Howard

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Wednesday 16th October, 2019 - 3:42pm

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Whincup closes in on the Safety Car at almost racing speed pic: Fox Sports

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport has admitted that it ‘could have done a better job’ regarding its controversial Safety Car deployment at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.

Last month the organisation confirmed a detailed review of the messy Safety Car period which saw the wrong car picked up and in turn affected the outcome of Race 24 of the Supercars Championship at Pukekohe.

The situation left teams, drivers and fans aggrieved, resulting in explosive comments from Jamie Whincup and Cameron Waters in particular, who subsequently avoided any sanctions.

It has now been revealed that Race Control has admitted that its handling of the situation was not optimal.

Revealed by David Reynolds and Michael Caruso on the Below the Bonnet podcast, race director Tim Schenken is understood to have addressed the situation to drivers during a briefing at Mount Panorama.

It is claimed Schenken admitted that race control ‘could have done a better job.’

A CAMS spokesman has confirmed to Speedcafe.com that while all the rules were followed in Pukekohe, the issue was addressed by officials during a drivers briefing at Bathurst, with an admission that the situation could have been handled better.

It is understood race control will ensure that the appropriate processes are in place when the championship heads to Pukekohe next year.  

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