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Van Gisbergen cleared of unusual dangerous driving

THE stewards have had a busy night in Darwin investigating a series of incidents including the latest stoush involving Erebus Motorsport and Shane van Gisbergen.

The post-race stewards report has revealed Erebus Motorsport requested an investigation into an unusual case of alleged dangerous driving by van Gisbergen on the final lap.

“A post-race investigation was also conducted by DRD (deputy race director) at the request of Erebus Motorsport into an allegation that Car 97 (van Gisbergen) had been driven dangerously slowly between Turns 6 and 12 on Lap 35,” read the report.

“A review of broadcast footage and judicial camera footage from Car 97 showed that the gap between Car 97 and the car ahead, Car 14 (Bryce Fullwood), progressively increased in this section of the circuit and Car 97 had reduced speed but there was no evidence that Car 97 had been travelling at such a slow speed or erratically such as to present a danger to other Cars.

“Therefore, no breach of the Rules could be established.”

Erebus’ Will Brown finished directly behind sixth-placed Shane van Gisbergen.

“I wasn’t too bothered about it to be honest,” Brown said on the Fox Sports broadcast on Sunday morning.

“If I wasn’t in the championship it might have been a little bit different with how slow he was going.

“On the last lap he was going 40km/h slower on the last half of the lap just to try to annoy me. It was funny, he wasn’t worried about going forward, he was just trying to ruin my race.

“But I think it’s great, it’s a bit of sportsmanship, it adds a bit of excitement into it so play on, he did a good job.”

Triple Eight reported significant damage to the rear of van Gisbergen’s car following repeated hits from behind.

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Erebus also requested an investigation into a pitlane kerfuffle which forced Brown to take avoiding action of a Team 18 tyre struck by Brad Jones Racing’s Bryce Fullwood.

It was determined that no punishment was warranted.

“A review of pit boom footage showed that the wheel was within the control of Team 18 personnel and hence no breach of the Rules could be established,” the report confirmed.

One penalty was dished out, being a five-second penalty applied to Thomas Randle for pushing Nick Percat off the road on Lap 11 at the final corner, which resulted in the Walkinshaw Andretti United driver losing several positions.

Randle finished 17th on the road but was relegated to 21st.

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