Golding demoted over Perth track limits breach
Saturday 29th April, 2023 - 10:32pm
James Golding has been demoted a position in Race 7 of the Repco Supercars Championship for a breach of track limits during a final-lap battle with Bryce Fullwood.
The PremiAir Racing driver crossed the finish line in 14th but is now officially 15th in the classification given he drove around the back side of Wanneroo Raceway’s Turn 7 exit kerb and, in doing so, managed to stay ahead of the #14 Brad Jones Racing entry.
Stewards reported, “The demotion of Car 31, James Golding, from finishing position 14 to finishing position 15 for a breach of Article 3.3.2 of Schedule B2 – a Car rejoining the Race Track may only do safely and without gaining any lasting advantage – following an incident on the final Lap of the Race when Car 14, Bryce Fullwood, was overtaking Car 31 on the inside at Turn 7 and Car 31 drove around the back of the exit kerb and rejoined ahead of Car 14 and took the Chequered Flag ahead of Car 14.”
On the other hand, Declan Fraser was cleared during the race for a superficially similar incident given he had incurred contact from Dick Johnson Racing’s Anton De Pasquale which forced his Tickford Racing car wide, with “Car 11 … not far enough up alongside Car 56 to have right to the corner.”
BJR’s Andre Heimgartner also escaped a penalty, after a coming-together with Cam Waters on the pit entry road.
The R&J Batteries Camaro was behind Tickford’s Monster Energy Mustang early on in the race, with the pit window opening on Lap 5. Wanneroo Raceway’s pit entry is notorious for its position, a sharp turn-in after a long downhill run into the final corner, Turn 7.
It was here that Heimgartner was caught unawares, as Waters lifted to make the pit road – with the nose of the #8 Camaro hitting the rear end of the Mustang, sending Car #6 spinning off the track.
A post-race investigation by the stewards determined that:
“A review of in car footage from cars behind Car 6 showed that Car 6 gave no indication to cars behind that it was entering the Pit Lane notwithstanding the express warning to all Drivers by the Race Director in the Race Director’s Instructions and at the Competitors’ and Drivers’ Briefing that Drivers entering the Pit Lane should take care to attempt to warn Cars behind of their intention to enter the Pit Lane by use of an indicator or flash of brake lights. In the absence of any indication from Car 6 that it was intending to enter the Pit Lane, the Driver of Car 8 could not have anticipated that Car 6 would reduce speed at the apex.”
BJR was, however, fined $1500 and its #4/#96 team docked 30 championship points as punishment for Car #4 shedding a wheel as Jack Smith exited his pit box during Race 7.
On that, stewards reported, “A Fine in the sum of $1500 and Loss of 30 Teams Championship Points for Brad Jones Racing for a breach of Rule D 22.214.171.124 – Car Controller must ensure that the Pit Stop is carried out safely – following an incident during the Race when Car 4, Jack Smith, was dropped with its left rear wheel unsecured.”
Meanwhile, Erebus Motorsport is understood by Speedcafe to have lodged a protest after Shane van Gisbergen escaped punishment over his late-race exchange with Brodie Kostecki.
Drivers’ championship Updated
|3||Shane van Gisbergen||528|
|9||Jack Le Brocq||371|
|19||Anton De Pasquale||283|
Teams’ championship Updated
|2||88||97||Triple Eight Race Engineering||948|
|4||8||14||Brad Jones Racing||701|
|5||2||25||Walkinshaw Andretti United||683|
|8||11||17||Dick Johnson Racing||614|
|10||34||35||Matt Stone Racing||564|
|12||4||96||Brad Jones Racing||408|
|13||3||Blanchard Racing Team||302|
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