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Guys, I need your input. Over the weekend we had the biggest Australian race of the year at Bathurst for the V8 Supercars. It was a monster race and an epic weekend. The massive bone of contention is the incident with Whincup, Tander and McLaughlin. These 3 guys were leading the race after 151 laps and were getting ready to battle it out for the last 10. All have admitted at the time that they were conserving fuel for the last 5 laps. The main issue is with Whincup's move on McLaughlin coming into the Chase, where he just slightly tapped McLaughlin off the road. The collision came after the corner as Whincup was re-addressing immediately so as not to get a drive through penalty. He then held up Tander and created a bottleneck onto the straight.
Whincup was given a 15 second penalty during the race which was added to his time at the end of the race. He actually crossed the line in first but the whole day was so close, that he was relegated to 11th. The main issue I have with the situation is that the Red Bull Team are appealing the penalty in court, meaning the winner of the race could be decided some 8 weeks after the race has been concluded. A bit unfair, not just for the winner, Will Davison, but for Tander and McLaughlin who crashed out.
Now my opinion is that Whincup locked the rear tyres up coming into the Chase corner, meaning that technically he was not in control, and therefore in the wrong. Also that he did not need to re-address straight away, it could have been done 1 or 2 corners later, when all 3 cars had gathered themselves up. This would have let Tander into 1st, McLaughlin into 2nd and Whincup into 3rd. At least then all 3 could legitimately fight to the end of the race.
This has caused a massive storm in the press and on social media this week, and thought who best to ask, than the people I race fairly with every week. It would be great to hear your opinions, as we have issues similar to this online and we re-address without causing the chaos that happened this year at Bathurst.