Murray penalised, loses race win
Saturday 10th July, 2021 - 7:42pm
Cooper Murray has been slapped with a five-second penalty that has seen victory slip from his grasp in Race 1 of Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia at Townsville.
Making matters worse, a timing issue discovered post-race – whereby margins were incorrectly reported after 17 laps when the race was actually declared after 16 – has increased the pain of that five-second sanction.
Murray has subsequently dropped off the podium to fourth, having been stung post-race for spinning then race leader Aaron Love on Lap 5.
The penalty promotes series leader Cameron Hill to first, David Wall to second and David Russell to third.
Hill now has won six races on the trot, as he continues to blitz the field in 2021.
“Pretty mental first race for the weekend, we started third which is pretty good seeing that we lacked a bit of pace yesterday in practice, but we tuned the car up for the race,” said the Canberran.
“Matt [Payne] stalling in front of me, only just missed him and from there was obviously a bit more action of front and we found ourselves in the lead briefly, before Cooper got back past me.
“I then settled into a rhythm and maintained my gap to him.
“I just [was] focusing on putting myself in good positions that weren’t too high-risk and [it] all fell our way which is good.”
The Carrera Cup field will line up for another two races tomorrow.
Carrera Cup results: Race 1, Townsville 500
|1||111||Cameron Hill (ACT)||Mobil Pro||16||20:17.8842|
|2||38||David Wall (NSW)||Mobil Pro||16||20:19.1515|
|3||23||David Russell (Qld)||Mobil Pro||16||20:19.8117|
|4||36||Cooper Murray (Vic)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||16||20:21.4431|
|5||338||Craig Lowndes (Qld)||Mobil Pro||16||20:27.9990|
|6||76||Christian Pancione (Vic)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||16||20:28.7400|
|7||12||Harri Jones (Qld)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||16||20:29.5482|
|8||777||Simon Fallon (Vic)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||16||20:29.9994|
|9||77||Michael Almond (SA)||Mobil Pro||16||20:30.0433|
|10||21||Matthew Payne (NZ)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||16||20:36.1145|
|11||4||Stephen Grove (Vic)||Morris Finance Pro Am||16||20:50.4917|
|12||13||Sam Shahin (SA)||Morris Finance Pro Am||16||20:51.1640|
|13||8||Nick McBride (Vic)||Mobil Pro||16||20:51.8982|
|14||48||Geoff Emery (Vic)||Morris Finance Pro Am||16||20:53.6270|
|15||22||Dean Cook (Vic)||Morris Finance Pro Am||16||20:56.7742|
|16||9||Marc Cini (Vic)||Morris Finance Pro Am||16||21:00.2499|
|17||74||Kyle Gurton (Vic)||Mobil Pro||16||21:00.6047|
|18||20||Adrian Flack (Qld)||Morris Finance Pro Am||16||21:17.3235|
|19||222||Scott Taylor (Qld)||Morris Finance Pro Am||16||21:28.7739|
|DNF||78||Aaron Love (WA)||Mobil Pro / Michelin Junior||7|
|DNF||28||Luke Youlden (Qld)||Mobil Pro||7|
|DNF||100||Dale Wood (Vic)||Mobil Pro||6|