Hazelwood penalised for pit stop infringement

Todd Hazelwood makes a pit stop during Race 1 last night. Picture: Ross Gibb

Todd Hazelwood has been slapped with a 15-second post-race penalty following the opening 300km leg of the Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight.

Hazelwood had finished 14th in his first race back with Matt Stone Racing – just behind team-mate Jack Le Brocq – but drops one place to 15th as a result, behind Brad Jones Racing’s Andre Heimgartner now.

The stewards report noted a potential safety risk had been caused by the pit speed limiter briefly being deactivated on the #35 Truck Assist Racing ZB Commodore.

Hazelwood’s swift corrective action prevented a “more severe penalty”, though.

“The DRD received a report from Supercars Technical that during one of Car 35’s, Todd Hazelwood’s, Pit Stops, the Car had been dropped without the Pit Speed limiter activated,” read the stewards report.

“The DRD’s investigation revealed that Car 35 had moved forward in the Pit Lane for a brief distance without the limiter activated in breach of Rule C15.5.2 posing a potential safety risk for personnel in the Pit Lane.

“Following an admission to the breach, the Stewards imposed a Post-Race 15 Second Time Penalty on Car 35 to be added to Car 35’s Race time.

“The DRD reported to the Stewards that the Driver had activated the limiter promptly after recognising it had been inadvertently de-activated during the Pit Stop and, although the spinning rear wheel speed while the limiter was not activated was high, the Driver’s prompt activation of the limiter prevented the Car from exceeding 40km/h when moving away from its Pit Bay.

“Had the limiter been de-activated for a longer period and had the Pit Lane Speed limit been exceeded, the Stewards may have imposed a more severe Penalty.”

Nevertheless, a double top 15 finish has MSR seventh in the teams’ championship heading into Race 2 later today.

MSR wasn’t the only team to feel the wrath of the stewards overnight, with Erebus Motorsport and PremiAir Racing both fined for pit stop matters.

“Following the Race the DRD conducted investigations into reports from Supercars Technical that in respect of Car 99, Brodie Kostecki, and Car 22, Chris Pither, Erebus Motorsport and PremiAir respectively had breached Rule C11.4.2.1 (in the case of Car 22 on 2 occasions) – failure to ensure the rear brake pressure is a minimum of 20bar while the brake lock mechanism is engaged during a Pit Stop,” read the stewards report .

“The Competitors in each case having admitted to the breaches, the Stewards imposed Fines in the sum of $250 on each of Erebus Motorsport and PremiAir (x2).”

Qualifying for Race 2 of the Supercars Championship will get underway at 10:50 local time/AEDT.

Results: Race 1, Beaurepaires Sydney SuperNight Updated

Pos Num Team/Sponsor Driver Car Laps Race time
1 97 Red Bull Ampol Racing Shane van Gisbergen Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:03:01.4868
2 11 Shell V-Power Racing Team Anton De Pasquale Ford Mustang GT 77 2:03:21.0443
3 25 Mobil 1 Optus Racing Chaz Mostert Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:03:32.5393
4 17 Shell V-Power Racing Team Will Davison Ford Mustang GT 77 2:03:38.9871
5 99 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus Brodie Kostecki Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:03:40.2928
6 2 Mobil 1 NTI Racing Nick Percat Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:03:40.8796
7 9 Boost Mobile Racing by Erebus William Brown Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:03:42.5996
8 3 CoolDrive Auto Parts Tim Slade Ford Mustang GT 77 2:03:52.2769
9 88 Red Bull Ampol Racing Broc Feeney Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:03:53.9638
10 5 Opposite Lock Racing James Courtney Ford Mustang GT 77 2:03:56.0099
11 6 Monster Energy Racing Cameron Waters Ford Mustang GT 77 2:04:04.6353
12 14 Middy’s Electrical Racing Bryce Fullwood Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:04:16.5575
13 34 Truck Assist Racing Jack Le Brocq Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:04:23.1168
14 8 R&J Batteries Racing Andre Heimgartner Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:04:28.5317
15 35 Truck Assist Racing Todd Hazelwood Holden Commodore ZB 77 2:04:38.2980
16 18 IRWIN Racing Mark Winterbottom Holden Commodore ZB 76 2:03:11.9092
17 4 SCT Logistics Racing Jack Smith Holden Commodore ZB 76 2:03:14.2218
18 76 PremiAir Subway Racing Garry Jacobson Holden Commodore ZB 76 2:03:14.2396
19 56 Tradie Racing Jake Kostecki Ford Mustang GT 76 2:03:26.9955
20 55 Castrol Racing Thomas Randle Ford Mustang GT 76 2:03:37.7442
21 10 Penrite Racing Lee Holdsworth Ford Mustang GT 76 2:03:47.0551
22 96 Automotive Superstore Macauley Jones Holden Commodore ZB 76 2:03:59.5895
23 22 PremiAir Coca Cola Racing Chris Pither Holden Commodore ZB 76 2:04:03.4039
24 26 Penrite Racing David Reynolds Ford Mustang GT 64 2:03:03.6587
NC 20 Team 18 Scott Pye Holden Commodore ZB 32 1:29:00.3463

Drivers’ championship Updated

Pos Driver Pts
1 Shane van Gisbergen 150
2 Anton De Pasquale 138
3 Chaz Mostert 129
4 Will Davison 120
5 Brodie Kostecki 111
6 Nick Percat 102
7 William Brown 96
8 Tim Slade 90
9 Broc Feeney 84
10 James Courtney 78
11 Cameron Waters 72
12 Bryce Fullwood 69
13 Jack Le Brocq 66
14 Andre Heimgartner 63
15 Todd Hazelwood 60
16 Mark Winterbottom 57
17 Jack Smith 54
18 Garry Jacobson 51
19 Jake Kostecki 48
20 Thomas Randle 45
21 Lee Holdsworth 42
22 Macauley Jones 39
23 Chris Pither 36
24 David Reynolds 33
25 Scott Pye 0

Teams’ championship Updated

Pos Car(s) Team Pts
1 11 17 Dick Johnson Racing 258
2 88 97 Triple Eight Race Engineering 234
3 2 25 Walkinshaw Andretti United 231
4 9 99 Erebus Motorsport 207
5 5 6 Tickford Racing 150
6 8 14 Brad Jones Racing 132
7 34 35 Matt Stone Racing 126
8 4 96 Brad Jones Racing 93
9 55 56 Tickford Racing 93
10 3   Blanchard Racing Team 90
11 22 76 PremiAir Racing 87
12 10 26 Grove Racing 75
13 18 20 Team 18 57

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