Race 27 of the Supercars championship has been scratched from the records after thunderstorms halted proceedings in the last race of the Enduro Cup season.
While the race started in dry conditions, albeit under very dark skies, a fierce storm hit in the latter parts of the opening stints, causing havoc which started with the #1 car of Jamie Whincup, being driven by Paul Dumbrell, ending up in the fence.
A frantic rush in the pits saw slip ups from many teams, including an unsafe release for car #888, but while the field circulated behind the safety car, the conditions were judged by officials to be too dangerous, leading to the cancellation of the race.
Having not reached the 50% minimum distance, no points were awarded, meaning the field now heads to Pukekohe on the same amount of points as the end of Saturday’s race.
The premature end to race 27 also means Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards have been crowned as the Enduro Cup champions, finishing on 696 points while second placed Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat, now leading the championship, accumulated 609 points across the three races.
McLaughlin is leading the title race heading to his home event in New Zealand, only 14 points ahead of countryman Shane van Gisbergen. The pair sit on seven and six wins respectively for the year with only four races remaining.
Image via Shell V-Power Racing Team
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