Lowndes cops points penalty
- By Stefan Bartholomaeus
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Craig Lowndes has been penalised 15 points for his Race 4 incident with Cameron Waters at Symmons Plains.
A hearing was undertaken at Phillip Island this morning as full evidence had been unavailable on the Sunday night in Tasmania.
Lowndes had taken fifth place from the Monster Ford driver at Turn 6 during the closing stages of the 200km race.
The TeamVortex Holden appeared to nudge Waters at the apex, unsettling the Falcon just enough for both Lowndes and David Reynolds to slip through.
Lowndes admitted to a charge of careless driving in the hearing, which would carry a five-second penalty if dealt with in-race.
He has instead been deducted 15 points, which sees the veteran remain seventh in the standings.
Although accepting he penalty, Lowndes told Supercars.com that he still doesn’t believe that contact was made.
“I still don’t think so and they said Cam is not sure that I hit him either,” he said.
“But they think that there was a bit of contact there so they have to do what they have to do.
“They were very thorough and we have to accept what they’ve said and get on with it.
“Simmo (team manager Andrew Simpson) and I looked at each other and decided to get on with life and not worry about it.
“I still don't believe we made contact but we’ll take it on the chin and move on.”
An incident between Nick Percat and Todd Kelly at the Turn 4 hairpin in Race 4 that was not captured on the television broadcast was also reviewed, with no penalties applied.