Regardless, McLaughlin is almost certain to secure the championship today, needing only to finish last, even if Shane van Gisbergen wins, to put the season beyond doubt.
CAMS Stewards have released their decision regarding a technical breach committed at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
The following information and penalty was today issued by the Stewards:
Engine 009, which was used in Car #17 in Practice Sessions 1 to 7 (at Bathurst), in Qualifying for Race 25 and in the Top 10 Shootout (and then replaced prior to the Warm Up for Race 25), was examined by Supercars Technical personnel and the valve lift in a number of cylinders was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted valve lift prescribed by the ESD for Car #17.
Rule: Rule C2.1.1.
Car #17, Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat, is disqualified from Qualifying and the Top Ten Shootout for Race 25;
A Fine of $30,000 is imposed on Racing Team (Aust) Pty Ltd; and
Car #17, Scott McLaughlin/Alexandre Premat, is relegated to rear of Grid for Race 30 (Sunday’s Sandown race) in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
In the full decision document, stewards explained the rationale behind putting the #17 entry to the back of the grid at Sandown, despite the breach occurring at a different event.
"This is an aspect of a Penalty which has a fit with the Penalty that would have followed had the breach been identified before Race 25 started," it read.
"We acknowledge there is some force in the submission that a rear of grid relegation puts Car #17 at more of a disadvantage in the shorter Race 30 than it might have been had it started rear of grid in Race 25.
"However, that is an unfortunate but not unfair consequence of the breach having been undetected before Race 25 started.
"The fact that the breach was not detected until later is not attributable to Supercars but is a consequence of the Team having failed in its responsibility to ensure its car was compliant at all times.
"Under Article 188.8.131.52 of the FIA International Sporting Code, we have the power to impose a Penalty at a subsequent Competition in the same Championship or series and we do so."