Scott Pye and Michael Caruso were both hit with championship points’ penalties after being found guilty of causing separate accidents in Sunday’s feature race of the UBET Perth SuperSprint round of the V8 Supercars Championship.
Caruso was found guilty of reckless driving when he made contact with Lee Holdsworth’s CSR Holden at Turn 7 with ten laps to go in the 83-lap race; Holdsworth was bumped wide while the pair battled for twelfth place. The Nissan Motorsport driver was docked 15 championship points for his troubles, marking the second time this season that he has been hit with a points penalty (he was docked 25 points after the Clipsal 500).
DJR Team Penske driver Pye was given a heavier 25-point penalty for punting the Super Black Racing Ford of Andre Heimgartner into a spin on Lap 79 of the race, which put both into retirement.
“I really don’t know what happened to put us out, but the inside front wheel locked and we just didn’t decelerate at all,” Pye had said afterwards, but the race stewards didn’t accept his version of events and issued him with a penalty that drops him to last in the championship standings.
It marked the end to a poor weekend for the one-car team, with its Ford Falcon FG X still running off-the-pace despite a solid in-season test at Queensland Raceway.
Pye was drafted into the squad after series returnee Marcos Ambrose elected to step back from his full-time comeback after the non-championship Australian Grand Prix round.
The youngster finished a lowly 21st and 22nd respectively in Saturday’s two sprint races.
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