Pukekohe Supercars: Van Gisbergen keeps win, DJR Penske protests

Triple Eight's Shane van Gisbergen has escaped any penalty for his controversial wheel-spinning pitstop during his thrilling Supercars race win at Pukekohe, but rival team Penske is protesting

Pukekohe Supercars: Van Gisbergen keeps win, DJR Penske protests

Van Gisbergen won a thrilling battle with McLaughlin at the New Zealand circuit on Saturday evening, having to sprint to the flag after receiving a five-second penalty for contact with McLaughlin.

He managed to pull a 5.5-second advantage to win the race, but did so under the cloud of a post-race investigation for spinning wheels during his second stop.

While many anticipated that van Gisbergen would be given a 35s penalty in lieu of a drivethrough, the stewards decided against any punishment.

That means he keeps his win, and McLaughlin's series lead is still two points rather than the 95 it would have been if he had been penalised.

"Following a review of the broadcast footage from a number of angles and Supercars data from car #97, it was observed that the rear wheels of car #97 did not complete in excess of a full revolution," read a stewards' statement.

"Consistent with previous determinations of the DRD, when investigating if a breach of rule D11.8.8 has occurred, the rear wheels must complete in excess of one full revolution for the imposition of a penalty to be recommended to the stewards."

McLaughlin's DJR Team Penske squad has protested the decision.

Explaining the controversial stop, van Gisbergen suggested it was a handbrake issue and that he still had the clutch depressed.

"I didn't feel the wheels spin, the clutch was on the floor," said van Gisbergen.

"But I just let my handbrake go a bit earlier than before, and it must have started spinning. I didn't even know about it until after the race."

According to the Supercars regulations, rule D11.8.8 reads: "During any pitstop, from the time the car leaves the ground until it returns to the ground, it is not permitted to have the clutch engaged so as to cause the rear wheels to rotate unless prior approval is given by the S&TD.

"Where the S&TD grants such approval, the wheels must stop rotating prior to the car being lowered to the ground. For the sake of clarity, the wheels must not be rotating while the car is being lowered to the ground.

"A slight movement of the rear wheels indicating the engagement of a gear will not, at the sole discretion of the S&TD, constitute the rear wheels rotating."

shares
comments
Pukekohe Supercars: Van Gisbergen beats McLaughlin despite penalty

Previous article

Pukekohe Supercars: Van Gisbergen beats McLaughlin despite penalty

Next article

Pukekohe Supercars: McLaughlin wins, team orders help van Gisbergen

Pukekohe Supercars: McLaughlin wins, team orders help van Gisbergen
Load comments

About this article

Series Supercars
Drivers Shane van Gisbergen
Teams Team Penske
Author Andrew van Leeuwen
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Plus

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

OPINION: Roger Penske's operation helped lift Dick Johnson's faltering Ford team back to the top of Australian tin-tops. But, despite The Captain's departure, along with star driver Scott McLaughlin, there's no reason to expect an imminent decline from DJR

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble Plus

Why Whincup's next move is no calculated gamble

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But the team's outgoing boss Roland Dane has full faith that he'll be up to the task

Supercars
Feb 5, 2021
The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020 Plus

The top 10 Supercars drivers of 2020

In a year of few constants, the Australian Supercars championship could be relied upon for its usual blend of rough and tumble racing with a V8 soundtrack. But who were its top performers in 2020?

Supercars
Dec 27, 2020
The 'lifetime deal' that broke down in double quick time Plus

The 'lifetime deal' that broke down in double quick time

Last year, David Reynolds signed a decade-long deal with Erebus, seemingly pledging his long-term Supercars future to the team. One year on, "Decade Dave's" contract has been reduced to tatters, with an undercurrent of discontent having brewed in 2020

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020
How Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester" Plus

How Supercars now needs a new "human salt harvester"

Scott McLaughlin has been a divisive figure in Supercars over the past few years but, as he heads off to a fresh challenge in IndyCar, the Australian tin-top series needs to find someone else to fill his dramatic boots as the category enters a new era

Supercars
Oct 30, 2020
Why McLaughlin is wrong to label 2020 his best title Plus

Why McLaughlin is wrong to label 2020 his best title

OPINION: Scott McLaughlin was quick to describe his third Supercars title as his best yet. But even though it didn't match the dramatic backstory of his 2018 triumph, there's a good reason for him wanting to control the narrative this time around

Supercars
Oct 2, 2020
Why Supercars would settle for an anticlimactic title race Plus

Why Supercars would settle for an anticlimactic title race

It's a predicament that has faced the World Endurance Championship in the past, and now it's the turn of Supercars to have its biggest race - the Bathurst 1000 - taking the final slot on the calendar. Will its wider significance upstage the title battle?

Supercars
Sep 4, 2020
The 10-year wait for a Supercars champion halted by coronavirus Plus

The 10-year wait for a Supercars champion halted by coronavirus

When the Supercars season resumes James Courtney will be a Tickford Racing driver - but it's not the first time the star driver has flirted with the famous Ford squad

Supercars
May 18, 2020