Stanaway gets Sandown grid penalty

  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
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  • 26/08/2018
  • By Mitchell Adam

Tickford Racing's Richie Stanaway has been handed a Tailem Bend grid penalty that will carry over to next month's RABBLE.club Sandown 500.

Stanaway was deemed guilty of impeding fellow Supercars rookie James Golding during ARMOR ALL Qualifying for Sunday's OTR SuperSprint race.

The incident occurred as Stanaway rejoined the racing surface on the run to Turn 18, having gone off at the penultimate corner.

Stewards handed Stanaway a three-place grid penalty, but having qualified 27th in the 28-car field, only one of those can be served this afternoon.

As a result, the remaining two places will be carried over to the PIRTEK Enduro Cup opener, a race Stanaway won as a co-driver with Cameron Waters last year.

Stanaway will team up with Steve Owen, the defending Enduro Cup winner with Chaz Mostert, in this year's long-distance races.

The full stewards' report:

"After receiving a request for investigation from Garry Rogers Motorsport, the DRD [Deputy Race Director Michael Masi] conducted a post-Session investigation into an allegation that Car #56, Richie Stanaway, impeded Car #34, James Golding, at Turn 18.

"Following a review of Judicial Camera footage from Car #34, Car #56 was found to have left the circuit at the exit of Turn 17 and then carelessly rejoined on the racing line impeding Car #34 on the entry to Turn 18 in breach of Schedule B2 Article 2.1.1.

"Following an admission to the breach, the Stewards imposed a progressive 3 Grid Spot Penalty on Car #56 to be served from Race 23 onwards.

"As Car #56 qualified in 27th position for Race 23, 2 of the 3 Grid Spot penalties will carry over to the next Event and beyond [Sandown] if necessary."

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