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Stewards explain van Gisbergen pit speeding saga

STEWARDS have explained why Shane van Gisbergen was allowed to compete in Sunday’s Top 10 Shootout at the Adelaide 500, despite a pit speeding infringement in qualifying.

The start of the Shootout session was delayed while officials deliberated on the matter, ultimately letting the Kiwi take his place in the order.

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Van Gisbergen instead received two $350 fines; one for speeding and one for failing to engage the limiter.

The stewards explained at the infringement happened after the chequered flag in qualifying and gave no sporting advantage.

The full explanation from the Motorsport Australia stewards is as follows.

“The Driver explained that when he entered Pit Lane at the end of the Session he believed that he had pushed the button on his steering wheel to activate the limiter but realised when he was in the Pit Lane that the limiter had not activated and he immediately activated it,” read the report.

“Data from the Timekeeper recorded Car 1 entering Pit Lane at 36kph – under the limit of 40kph.

“According to Supercars telemetry, the Car increased speed slightly as it traversed the Pit Lane momentarily reaching a peak of 47kph approximately one third of the distance between the speed restriction point and the Team’s garages.

“The Driver applied brake. From that point the speed reduced to 41kph and then under 40kph. The Team and Driver accepted this evidence.

“The Rule requires the limiter to be activated at all times. A mistake by the Driver is not an excuse and the breach is therefore established and admitted by the Driver and Competitor.

“The use of the Pit Lane limiter is an important tool to protect the safety of personnel and officials in the Pit Lane.

“It is also important to prevent Competitors gaining a sporting advantage, particularly during Qualifying or a Race, to traverse the Pit Lane at higher than the speed limit to gain track position or to enable a push Lap when the time remaining in the Session is limited.

“In this case, the Incident occurred at the end of the Session, after the Chequered Flag. No sporting advantage was possible.

“It is not uncommon for Cars to be recorded as entering Pit Lane at much higher speeds than the maximum speed recorded by Car 1 in the Pit Lane in this case. The Penalty for such a breach in a Qualifying Session is a Fine.

“The Stewards take into account the Driver’s explanation that he believed he had successfully activated the limiter and immediately activated it as soon as he realised that it had not engaged.

“The Stewards also take into account that Car 1 entered the Pit Lane under the speed limit, the speeding breach was momentary (approximately 3 seconds) and the maximum speed achieved by Car 1 in the Pit Lane is at the lower end of the range in which monetary penalties only commence to be imposed.

“In this case, the Stewards consider the appropriate Penalty is a Fine in addition to a Fine to be imposed on the Driver of Car 1 for the speeding infringement itself.”

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