The two avenues open to Red Bull Racing Australia to revise the finishing order for the 2016 Bathurst 1000 have now been closed, with the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) dismissing the team’s final appeal.
Through the Supercars National Court of Appeal, Triple Eight Race Engineering had appealed the severity of the 15-second penalty handed to the #88 Holden VF Commodore of Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrelll following the on-track incident during the 1000km race at Mount Panorama.
Earlier, the team learnt that a penalty of some sort would stand for the incident. However, it is only now - nine days after the chequered flag fell - that the race victory for Will Davison and Jonathon Webb in the #19 Tekno Autosports Holden Commodore has been locked in.
Following this decision, Triple Eight sought to salvage some championship points with an appeal against the severity of the 15-second penalty, but the appeal was also dismissed.
After a hearing lasting just over 45 minutes held last night in Melbourne the panel found no ground for appeal, but another 14 days will pass before the full findings are released.
“Supercars welcomes the decision by the CAMS appointed National Court of Appeal in relation to Triple Eight’s appeal of a steward’s decision at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000,” Supercars CEO James Warburton said.
“We look forward to this weekend’s Castrol Gold Coast 600 and an exciting conclusion to the 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship over the coming months.”
Present at the hearing for Triple Eight were team boss Roland Dane and driver Jamie Whincup. Triple Eight could elect to appeal once more, this time to the sport’s international governing body, the FIA, but the team has accepted the findings.
“We respect the authority of the Court and wish to thank all those who have supported us during this process, particularly our fans, our team partners and the respected industry members in the sport who independently voiced their opinions that Jamie raced hard and fair and nothing more,” Red Bull Racing said in a statement.
The outcome means Red Bull driver Shane Van Gisbergen continues to lead the champion points race on 2524, with Whincup now 139 points behind in second on 2385.
Third in the standings is the final Triple Eight driver, Craig Lowndes on 2205, while the Bathurst victory has boosted Will Davison to fourth on 2112 points.
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