Published by Jack Austin, 25th November 2018 on foxsports.com.au
Shane van Gisbergen’s dramatic victory in Race 30 of the Newcastle 500 has been revoked after an investigation into his third pitstop resulted in a 25-second penalty.
Stewards will reconvened on Sunday morning to decide on whether to punish the Kiwi ahead of one of the tightest-ever Supercars finales and the decision sees him drop down to fifth in Race 30.
Saturday’s result now sees Scott McLaughlin as the winner as a result of Van Gisbergen breaching the refuelling regulations.
McLaughlin now crucially holds a 53-point lead going into the final race on Sunday afternoon, rather than the slender two points he was due to have had the original result stood.
Van Gisbergen had beaten McLaughlin on the final lap as the series leader looked to conserve fuel but it was judged that when refuelling himself, the Triple Eight driver’s Holden was lowered to the ground before the hose was detached during the third and final pitstop.
The rule exists for safety reasons and could have a huge impact on the destination of this year’s championship.
McLaughlin now only needs to finish sixth in Race 31 to guarantee a first Supercars championship, regardless of what Van Gisbergen does.