Published: Fri, October 18, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Bathurst: Scott McLaughlin's team charged over safety car incident

Bathurst: Scott McLaughlin's team charged over safety car incident

Asked what made McLaughlin such an appealing NASCAR prospect, Penske said: "Let's call him a race driver".

McLaughlin held off the #97 Red Bull Holden Racing Team auto driven by the always aggressive Shane van Gisbergen, and in his last Bathurst 1000 with Walkinshaw Andretti United James Courtney delivered a trophy coming home third.

Van Gisbergen clearly wasn't happy about the incident. I don't race like that, I'm a clean racer'.

"For me, the safety vehicle came out and I was told to slow up and take extreme caution", he told Motorsport.com.

DJR Team Penske team boss Ryan Story insisted on Sunday there was a problem with overheating in Coulthard's vehicle at the time of the controversy.

"We know that everything can happen at the Gold Coast, but I think we just really have to beat Shane and we can sort of half wrap it up which is obviously going to be our goal".

Andre Heimgartner crashed out of a solid top 10 finish in the closing stages at Forset's Elbow which resulted in the safety vehicle that caused the one lap dash.

"But also to give them a buffer to ensure they don't have to double stack".

"You need about a 40-second lead, roughly, and when you see the difference in times you can do, we were doing, I think, 1.8 faster than McLaughlin at some stage just before the yellows".

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Two-time Bathurst 1000 victor Rick Kelly says he can't see Supercars stripping Scott McLaughlin and co-driver Alexandre Premat despite controversy surrounding their tactics that saw them claim the 2019 race.

"Everyone had a chance, and the two top duelled it out in the end and the outcome was what we wanted". "There was a bit more gamesmanship than what we first thought". "In the pits and then working back through the pack and got held up during the safety vehicle by someone.

That vehicle has been the sacrificial lamb all year".

"There's always a lot of improvement but I'm definitely at the point now in my life where I've been through it all and been through the ups and downs and learnt from those", McLaughlin said. "I put so much pressure on myself to make this a good one but I am so proud of this team".

Coulthard had been given a drive-through penalty for driving excessively slowly during a safety auto period at a critical time in Sunday's race, holding up the pack behind.

Supercars great Larry Perkins took aim at the Shell V Power Racing Team which he claims exercised "disgraceful" sportsmanship. With this latest win - an astonishing and nearly unprecedented 18 victory from 25 races so far this year, he has all but wrapped up his second consecutive Australian Touring Car Championship.

It was the first Bathurst win by McLaughlin's DJR team since 1994. McLaughlin also extended his series lead over nearest rival van Gisbergen to 622 points.

Mostert made contact with Waters when both drivers were supposed to be conserving fuel on lap 123, sending both cars into the sand trap at the end of The Chase.

Mostert broke the race lap record in the dying moments, clocking two minutes, 04.76 seconds.

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