DJRTP and Supercars review McLaughlin pitlane penalty
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
By Mitchell Adam
DJR Team Penske and Supercars technical staff members have met to review the pitlane-speeding penalty handed to Scott McLaughlin during the Coates Hire Newcastle 500.
The penalty - for exceeding the 40km/h limit at pit entry for his opening stop - was the first of three issued to McLaughlin on the dramatic final day of the 2017 championship, as he missed out on the Supercars title to Jamie Whincup.
A statement issued by the team on Wednesday afternoon read: “Officials from DJR Team Penske and members of the Virgin Australia Supercars technical staff met recently – at the request of the team – to review data related to the penalty issued to Scott McLaughlin at the Newcastle 500 for exceeding the pitlane speed limit.
“DJR Team Penske tabled data that showed that the #17 car was not speeding in pitlane, as noted in a previous media release.
“While both parties respect each other’s position, the timing loops remain the best measurement method currently available to the judicial system for the rules to be enforced and policed in a timely and fair manner.
“As stated previously, DJR Team Penske accepted that the outcome of the Championship cannot be altered, but the team felt it has a responsibility to seek clarity and to ensure the methods used to enforce pitlane speed limits going forward are as accurate as possible for all competitors.”