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MSR cops double penalty for frightening pitlane incident

THE Supercars stewards have issued a two-fold sanction on Matt Stone Racing for a pitlane mishap during the final race of the 2022 Repco Supercars Championship.

The incident occurred during Todd Hazelwood’s second pitstop in the Adelaide finale, with Car #35 leaving its bay with a water pipe still attached to the car.

That triggered chaos as a water cannister was flung airborne and a crew member was dragged a short distance.

Supercars stewards announced the matter would be investigated post-race, with the outcome of that now publicised.

“Following the Race, and after an admission by Matt Stone Racing, the Stewards imposed a Fine of $5,000 and the Loss of 30 Teams Championship Points on Matt Stone Racing for a breach of Pit Lane safety protocols after the Car Controller of Car 35, Todd Hazelwood, dropped Car 35 when the Driver’s water pipe was still connected to the Car,” read the stewards report.

“The Car left its pit bay with the hose connected as a result of which a large heavy water cannister to which it was also connected was pulled off its mounts and became airborne, landing in the fast lane.”

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Nevertheless, MSR hangs on to ninth in the teams’ championship despite pressure from PremiAir Racing.

The Yatala team was fined a further $250 for another pitstop infringement, too.

“Matt Stone Racing also admitted to a breach of the Rule requiring a prescribed minimum brake pressure to be maintained while a Car is off the ground during a Pit Stop in order to ensure the brake lock mechanism is fully engaged,” the report continued.

“The minimum pressure was not maintained during Car 35’s Pit Stop and the Stewards imposed a Fine of $250 on Matt Stone Racing for this breach.”

After another strong qualifying display, MSR was left with little to show on the scoreboard, power steering woes seeing Hazelwood finish seven laps down in 21st while a suspected oil leak meant Jack Le Brocq was a non-finisher.

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