Wood stripped of Bathurst 500 Shootout berth

24 Feb
The young Kiwi was set to be third driver out in the Shootout, which will finalise the Race 1 grid
  • Ryan Wood loses Shootout berth over penalty

  • WAU rookie set fast sector while yellow flags were out

  • Nick Percat promoted into Race 1 Shootout

Walkinshaw Andretti United rookie Ryan Wood has been penalised after Boost Mobile Qualifying, with Nick Percat securing a Top Ten Shootout berth.

Wood initially set the eighth fastest time in Thrifty Bathurst 500 qualifying, which was topped by Red Bull Ampol Racing driver Broc Feeney.

The young Kiwi was set to be third driver out in the Shootout, which will finalise the grid for the first race of the Repco Supercars Championship.

However, Wood has been demoted to 14th on the grid, having set his fastest final sector when local yellows were on the track.

Wood’s countryman Matt Payne beached his #19 Penrite Ford in the Murray’s Corner sand in the closing seconds.


A number of drivers improved their lap times, including Wood’s teammate Chaz Mostert (#25 Mobil 1 Optus Ford) and David Reynolds (#20 TRADIE Beer Chevrolet).

However, Reynolds and Mostert — who qualified third and fourth respectively — didn’t set their fastest final sectors when Payne was buried in the sand.

Wood did, however, and has since lost his fastest time. In an ironic twist of fate, Wood will start alongside Payne for Race 1, which will commence at 4:10pm AEDT.

Macauley Jones (#96 Pizza Hut Chevrolet) was also penalised, and drops from 23rd to 24th on the time sheets.

"Car 2 (Wood) & Car 96 (Jones) have had their fastest laps deleted as it was set under yellow flag conditions," a Motorsport Australia spokesperson said.

"For background, 2 & 96 set their fastest micro sectors when the yellows were out when Payne was off track."

The penalty has promoted Percat (#10 Bendix Chevrolet) into the Shootout, with Jack Le Brocq (#9 TFH Hire Services Chevrolet) moving to 11th.

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