DJR Team Penske hit with hefty penalty over Bathurst “go slow”

Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat have avoided being stripped of their Bathurst 1000 win, but DJR Team Penske has been hit with a massive fine after being found guilty of breaching FIA rules at Mount Panorama last weekend.

The team was under fire after Fabian Coulthard held up the rest of the field while the safety car was out, giving winner Scott McLaughlin vital seconds out front.

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport launched an investigation into the controversial move and handed down their decision on Saturday.


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As a result, DJR Team Penske has been slapped with a $250,000 fine and stripped of 300 points from their teams’ championship tally.

Fabian Coulthard and Tony D’Alberto’s #12 car was also dumped from sixth position to 21st in the race.

“We are prepared to assume that there was no intention to advantage Car #17, however, it defies belief that the Engineer of Car #12 just happened to have formed a mistaken belief that there was debris at some unknown location on the circuit and that just fortuitously resulted in the very problem anticipated with Car #12 being resolved,” Stewards said in their findings.

“We find, and it has been admitted, that in giving the direction to the Driver of Car #12, DJRTP infringed the principles of fairness in competition and behaved in an unsportsmanlike manner.

“We do not find that there was an attempt to influence the result of the Race but it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the result was affected to a degree, certainly for Car #12 that would otherwise have re-joined the circuit after its pit stop in a much lower position.”

DJR Team Penske released a statement a short time ago, saying they accepted the penalties.

“After reviewing data from Car #12 following the Bathurst 1000 with the Stewards and Deputy Race Director, DJR Team Penske accepts the penalties issued related to the FIA International Sporting Code.

“The team will be making no further comment at this time.”

Stewards opted to suspend $100,000 of the fine until the end of 2021.

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This is all good and fine, so long as the same rules apply to all teams. In the past Holden teams seem to have gotten away with any and every thing that they thought was fair and within the rules.