Chahda cops grid penalty over Super2 clash

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 01/12/2022
  • By James Pavey

Matt Chahda has been handed a grid penalty for the first Dunlop Series race in Adelaide for his part in a clash with Steven Page.

Chahda and Page came together during Practice 2 for the Dunlop Series at the VALO Adelaide 500.

Page was sent into the left-hand concrete walll by Chahda, with the #2 Commodore picking up front-end damage.

In a television interview during the stoppage, Chahda suggested Page had slowed unexpectedly.

Chahda has since been issued a three-place grid penalty for Saturday’s first 19-lap race.

The 29-year-old was pinged for Careless Driving.

The stewards’ report reads: “After the Session and following an admission by Matt Chahda Car 18, to a breach of Schedule B2 2.1.1 – Careless Driving, where Car 18 made contact to the rear of Car 2 at Turn 3, the Stewards imposed a Three (3) Grid Placing Penalty on Car 18 for Race 1”.

Chahda’s team, Matt Chahda Motorsport, was also fined $2500.

The team had failed to ensure that the judicial camera in Chahda's #18 Falcon was functional.

MCM was later found to have breached of Rule D21.3.5 of the Supercars Operations Manual.

They weren’t the only indiscretions from Practice 2.

Tickford Racing (Zak Best's #78) and Image Racing (Jaylyn Robotham’s #999) were both fined $1000.

Both teams had failed to provide judicial camera footage when requested after Practice 2.

Super3 driver Adam Wallis was also given a reprimand for an incident with Super2 title contender Best.

Best was forced to avoid a slow-moving Wallis at Turn 13 during the session.

Dunlop Series drivers will tackle dual ARMOR ALL Qualifying sessions at 12:30pm and 4:40pm local time on Friday.

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