Australian GT Championship – Controversial Penalty Robs Weeks Of Townsville Victory

July 10, 2011


Photo By Wenzel Race Prep 2010

Kevin Weeks has been robbed of his maiden Australian GT Championship race victory by a controversial penalty in Race 1, Round 4 of the championship at Townsville today.

Weeks set a new lap record for GT cars around the Townsville Street circuit while challenging Klark Quinn for the race lead, before he received a drive-through penalty for allegedly jumping the start. Despite dropping to 10th, he recovered to finish the race in sixth position.

Supaloc Racing Technical Director Oscar Fiorinotto explained the circumstances behind the penalty.

“Kevin was in fourth position for the rolling start, behind Mark Eddy,” he said. “Eddy was very slow to accelerate and Kevin thought he had a problem, so he pulled out to pass him. The rules are that you aren’t allowed to deviate from your position during the rolling formation, which is why Kevin was penalised, but it’s a very disappointing penalty considering the circumstances with Eddy.

“Nevertheless, we’re over the moon with the car. We made some small adjustments overnight and they have made the car brilliant, so even starting back in sixth, Kevin still has a very good chance of winning tomorrow.”

Greg Crick finished today’s race third in his Supashock-equipped Dodge Viper. There will be another half-hour GT Championship race tomorrow.



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