Supercars-News 2023: Shane van Gisbergen, Broc Feeney’s Newcastle 500 disqualification stands after Triple Eight appeal was denied
Triple Eight has failed in its attempt to overturn the disqualifications of Shane van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney for Race 1 after the case was thrown out at a court hearing.
Triple Eight’s appeal to disqualify Shane van Gisbergen and Broc Feeney from Race 1 was thrown out at a Motorsport Australia court hearing on Wednesday night.
Chaz Mostert will retain the Supercars championship lead after a three-man panel in Melbourne convened and decided to uphold the decision to disqualify the two Red Bull drivers from the season-opening race at Newcastle earlier this month.
Van Gisbergen and Feeney clinched an historic one-two for Triple Eight in the first race of the Gen3 Supercars era, only to concede their podiums the next day.
Competitors Tickford Racing and Walkinshaw Andretti United lodged a protest with the race stewards, arguing that Triple Eight committed a technical breach relating to the cooling system in both Red Bull cars.
Motorsport Australia found Triple Eight guilty of a technical fault and disqualified both drivers.
Triple Eight then filed an official appeal to overturn the verdict, resulting in Motorsport Australia convening the three-man panel in Melbourne on Wednesday night to hear the team’s arguments.
News Corp understands Triple Eight director Jamie Whincup, co-owner Jessica Dane and team manager Mark Dutton attended the hearing.
However, the panel decided to dismiss Triple Eight’s appeal and van Gisbergen and Feeney will remain disqualified from Race 1 at the Newcastle 500.
That means Cam Waters will retain his historic Race 1 win with Mostert and Brodie Kostecki rounding out the podium.
Mostert is 45 points ahead of Kostecki, Waters another 12 points behind.
Supercars is heading to Albert Park for the Melbourne SuperSprint next weekend.
Motorsport Australia confirmed in a statement that the disqualifications remain in place.
“Motorsport Australia can confirm that Triple Eight Race Engineering’s appeal has been heard and dismissed and cars 97 (van Gisbergen) and 88 (Feeney) have been disqualified from the first race of the Newcastle 500.
“Today’s hearing was held in Melbourne at Motorsport Australia House in Canterbury, starting at 6pm and ending at 9.30pm.
“A three-person panel was convened to hear the appeal. The three members are Walter Sofronoff KC, Steve Chopping and Ross Jackson.
“A full and meaningful decision paper will be issued by close of business on Friday and will be posted in full on Motorsport Australia’s website.”
Originally published as Supercars News 2023: Shane van Gisbergen, Broc Feeney’s Newcastle 500 disqualification stands after Triple Eight’s appeal was denied
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