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Erebus protest dismissed in Perth

EREBUS Motorsport’s protest of the Race 1 result at the Bosch Power Tools Perth SuperSprint has been dismissed.

Despite its CEO Barry Ryan publicly talking up the race-deciding battle that played out between Brodie Kostecki and Shane van Gisbergen, Erebus requested the latter’s Lap 41 pass for the lead be investigated as a bump-and-run.

After it was determined that the matter did not warrant being referred to the stewards, Erebus proceeded to officially protest the results – a process which comes with a $4000 fee.

A 35-minute hearing took place following qualifying this morning at Wanneroo Raceway involving Ryan, Kostecki and van Gisbergen.

More than three hours later, the verdict has been released, confirming van Gisbergen as the winner of Race 1.

“Following the publication of the Provisional Classifications for Race 7 the Stewards received a Notice of Protest from Erebus Motorsport regarding an incident on Lap 41 of Race 7 at turn involving Car 99, Brodie Kostecki, and Car 97, Shane van Gisbergen,” read a stewards report.

“The Stewards heard the protest earlier today and have since issued their Decision dismissing the protest.”

Shane van Gisbergen makes the race-winning pass. Pic: Fox Sports

Prior to the stewards hearing, Ryan had explained his stance via the television broadcast.

“The grounds are pretty simple,” he said.

“You know, we want to see the hard racing, we don’t want to win in the stewards room but the rule is pretty clear – you can’t get an unfair advantage by making contact with a car.

“So while the rules are written like that, what Shane did is wrong, so we thought we want to go to the stewards and see what their opinion is.”

Race 2 of the weekend gets underway at 11:45am AWST/1:45pm AEST.

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