Fallout from this year's Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 continues for DJR Team Penske, with today's announcement of various penalties following an investigation into an engine breach in Scott McLaughlin's car.
The team has incurred a fine of AUD $ 30,000, they've surrendered last month's Bathurst 1000 pole (and subsequent record), and McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat have been relegated to the back of the grid for this afternoon's Penrite Sandown 500.
Officials confirmed that the No. 17 Ford Mustang's engine used in qualifying for the Bathurst event was found to have valve lift values in a number of cylinders that breached maximum values in the category of regulations. It was also confirmed that inconsistency was thought to have been deliberate, and that minimal gains had been made off the back of the variation.
The engine was in question during qualifying, but was swapped the night before the race due to fluid issues and reported fears it would not survive the 1000km race.
“Following the Event, Engine 009, which was used in Car # 17 in Practice Sessions 1 to 7, in Qualifying for Race 25 and in the Top 10 Shootout (and then replaced prior to Warm Up for Race 25), was examined by Supercars Technical personnel and the valve lift in a number of cylinders were found to exceed the maximum permitted valve lift prescribed by ESD for Car # 17, ”read the stewards report.
“Car # 17, Scott McLaughlin / Alexandre Premat, is disqualified from Qualifying and the Top Ten Shootout for Race 25; and […] A Fine of $ 30,000 is imposed on Racing Team (Aust) Pty Ltd; and […] Car # 17, Scott McLaughlin / Alexandre Premat, is relegated to the rear of the Grid for Race 30 at the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. ”
This is the second big penalty that DJR Team Penske has incurred from Bathurst, following the AUD $ 250,000 fine ($ 100,000 superseded) and the 300-point team handed down a penalty for breaching FIA sporting codes over Fabian Coulthard's instruction to slow down during the final phase of the the race; a move that was judged to have unjustly altered the order of the race.