Australia’s governing body of motorsport, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) has rejected Triple Eight Race Engineering’s appeal against the 15-second time penalty handed down to Jamie Whincup which cost the six-time series champion victory at the Bathurst 1000.
The decision by CAMS’ National Court of Appeal officially confirms that Tekno Autosports’ Will Davison and Jonathon Webb are the winners of the Supercars Championship’s major endurance race.
The appeal was heard in the County Court of Victoria, with Triple Eight represented by Whincup, Roland Dane (managing director), Mark Dutton (team manager) and Ken Douglas (engineer).
Whincup was handed the time penalty for a controversial accident in the closing stages of the race with Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo driver Scott McLaughlin and Holden Racing Team driver Garth Tander as the trio disputed second place.
Whincup knocked McLaughlin into the run-off at The Chase, and while Whincup attempted to redress the move and hand the position back to McLaughlin as he rejoined the circuit, he blocked Tander, who in turn collided with McLaughlin.
Both Tander and McLaughlin were eliminated from the race, although McLaughlin was later able to rejoin after hasty repairs to finish fifteenth, but was subsequently handed a 25-point penalty for unsafely rejoining the circuit.
Despite crossing the finish line first, Whincup’s time penalty demoted him to eleventh in the final reckoning.
It took the court less than hour to dismiss the appeal, and it will release its complete ruling within the next 14 days.
The ruling earned praise from Supercars itself, with its chief executive James Warburton having publicly urged that the original race result stand so as to not bring further disrepute to the sport.
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