Rules tweaked following Bathurst dirt controversy

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 16/03/2021
  • By James Pavey

A rule has been tweaked following the furore sparked by the controversial dirt incident involving Cameron Waters at the Repco Mt Panorama 500.

Waters earned the ire of rivals after he dragged dirt onto the track during his cool down lap during the Sunday ARMOR All Top 10 Shootout.

It notably tripped up Chaz Mostert, who followed Waters in the shootout.

The Tickford Racing driver addressed the situation after the race, and revealed he suggested to Driving Standards Advisor Craig Baird that a penalty should be applied in future.

Waters also refuted claims that his actions were unsporting, and claimed that his “fat-arming” moment was carelessness, not malicious.

Ahead of this weekend’s Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint, Supercars has modified Schedule B2 of its Operations Manual to create a rule should such an incident happen in future.

The new driver code conduct rules state:

3.12 During any race Session, a Driver must not consistently:

3.12.1 Cut corners by driving over the inside of kerbs or off the Race Track surface; or

3.12.2 Cut any corner which results in material or debris being brought onto the Race Track; or

3.12.3 Perform any act which results in material or debris being brought onto the Race Track.

3.13 During any non-race Session (including, without limitation, any practice or qualifying Session (including any cool down laps during such Sessions)), a Driver must take care not to:

3.13.1 Cut corners by driving over the inside of kerbs or off the Race Track surface; or

3.13.2 Cut any corner which results in material or debris being brought onto the Race Track; or

3.13.3 Perform any act which results in material or debris being brought onto the Race Track.

Specifically, 3.12 has been modified to refer to race sessions, with 3.13 a new addition regarding cool down laps in non-race sessions.

Had the new rule been in place in Bathurst, Waters would have been penalised.

The new rule will be in place this weekend at the Penrite Oil Sandown SuperSprint. Tickets are on sale now.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo. Check out the full weekend schedule here.

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