Craig Lowndes has been demoted from second to fourth in the V8 Supercars Championship standings after he was docked 25 championship points for careless driving in yesterday’s closing race of the Winton 360.
Lowndes was one of several drivers to pit for fresh tyres during a late safety car period, which gave the Red Bull Racing Australia driver’s Holden a considerable grip advantage as he tried to fight back from a poor qualifying position.
In the closing stages of the race, Lowndes made contact with Michael Caruso at Turn 10, firing the hapless Nissan driver into the fence.
Lowndes would go on to claim the team’s first and only top-ten finish of what was a dreadful weekend for the team, but the race stewards took a dim view of his antics and issued the points penalty to the former Champion.
It’s the third time that Lowndes has been found guilty of careless driving and docked championship points this season, a stark departure from his usually clean driving in recent years.
The stewards were kept busy after an incident-filled final race, also being called upon to investigate separate David Wall / Maro Engel and Mark Winterbottom / Rick Kelly contacts, but opted to take no further action for either collision.
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