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FINES for drivers in the 2020 Supercars Championship have fallen a whopping 74% over the previous 2019 season.

A reduction of rounds and racing kilometres gave the drivers and teams less on-track time in which to rack up penalties, however a lack of indiscretions that attracted big monetary penalties have also left the total amount far smaller than 2019’s tally.

A total of $6350 in fines (not counting suspended fine amounts) was dished out to drivers in this year’s Supercars Championship.

Last year there was a total of $24,250 of fines handed out to drivers, including a combined $13,000 to Scott McLaughlin for his burnout and subsequent poster podium celebration at Queensland Raceway and $5000 (with another $5000 suspended) to Richie Stanaway for dangerous driving at Albert Park in an incident with Lee Holdsworth.

Garry Jacobson only got fined twice, but it was enough for him to top the tally of the 2020 season in terms of driver fines. Photo: Dirk Klynsmith.

Garry Jacobson led the pack in this year’s much smaller fine list with a total of $2000 of fines across two indiscretions.

The Matt Stone Racing driver was pinged $1000 in Adelaide for slowing unnecessarily during Practice 1 that caused contact with Lee Holdsworth. He was also fined $1000 (with another $1000 suspended) for missing the national anthem ceremony on the Sunday in Adelaide.

Six other drivers received fines this year – Jamie Whincup ($1000), Zane Goddard ($1000), Chris Pither (three fines, total of $850), Mark Winterbottom ($500), Alex Davison (two fines, total of $500) and Scott Pye ($500).

Jack Smith also received five hours of community service for failing to attend the mandatory Driver Photo shoot in Adelaide.

In terms of team fines there was a total of $5250 issued in 2020, with the Red Bull Holden Racing Team copping most of them – five fines totalling $3250.

The team was fined $500 (with a further $500 suspended) for circulating the race track in motor vehicles during the Track Walk session at Sydney Motorsport Park in July.

There was a further total of $750 of fines at the first Hidden Valley round ($500 for placing Whincup’s car on trolley jacks and turning it around in its pit bay before the final car had entered pit lane at the end of Qualifying 2 and $250 for entering the fast lane during Practice 1 with an air spike nozzle connected to the car).

Red Bull HRT was also fined $1500 (and penalised 30 Team’s Championship points) as a result of Whincup impacting an air hose on entry to his pit bay during the scheduled pit stop at The Bend in late September.

There was another fine from a pit error at Bathurst too – $500 as a result of a wheel being removed from the #888 Whincup/Lowndes car in Practice 7 striking a spare wheel, causing that wheel to roll towards the fast lane.

Other team fines issued in 2020 were to Team 18 (two for a total of $1250), Erebus Motorsport ($500) and Team Sydney ($250).

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