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Belated penalty slashes D’Alberto title buffer

A PENALTY issued more than a month after the fact could have significant ramifications on the 2022 TCR Australia title race.

Motorsport Australia has this weekend announced a pair of penalties stemming from the third TCR race of the Sandown round held in mid-September.

Will Brown has been stripped of the race win due to a five-second penalty owing to a run-in with Zac Soutar.

That has seen the Erebus Motorsport star demoted to second in that encounter, with Michael Caruso awarded victory.

Even more notably for the bigger picture, series leader Tony D’Alberto has been handed a 10-second penalty for his role in an incident with Bailey Sweeny.

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That sees D’Alberto drop from fifth to 10th in the final classification, and his overall lead over Jordan Cox trimmed from 56 points to 46.

Only the Bathurst finale remains, across November 11-13.

Mount Panorama has tended to be a tricky track for the Honda fleet, of which D’Alberto is part, while Peugeot (which Cox drives) was ultra-fast at the Bathurst 6 Hour event earlier this year.

Motorsport Australia explained the belated nature of the penalties with the following communications:

“The delay in confirming these penalties was due to the limited time available following the race, and the relevant officials being unavailable due to ongoing judicial matters from Race 2.

“Given some of the drivers involved were also competing in the recent Bathurst 1000 race meeting, it was decided to wait until the conclusion of that event to allow drivers and teams to properly consider the alleged infringements and recommended penalties.”

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