SUPERCARS
Monday, Oct 14 06:35am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

DJR Team Penske charged with team orders breach

DJR Team Penske will face an inquiry for a breach of team orders regulations in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

 

Fabian Coulthard and the team were summoned following the conclusion of the 161-lap race to explain what happened under Safety Car conditions on Lap 135.

 

The team had reportedly been battling overheating issues, which required them to add water to the cooling system late in the race. As a result, the team claimed they had to slow down to help the ongoing overheating issues.

 

However, team radio broadcast after the race didn’t make any mention of the overheating issues, only to take “extreme caution” for an incident “on the mountain somewhere.”

 

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Coulthard was third at the time and facing a double-stack with teammate Scott McLaughlin, who went on to win the race.

 

Second-placed McLaughlin and race leader Jamie Whincup were allowed to sprint away to the pit lane while the rest of the field had to queue up behind Coulthard.

 

Coulthard was later given a drive-through penalty for the slow down, but he and co-driver Tony D’Alberto were able to finish sixth.

 

After the inquiry into the matter, officials charged the team with breaching rule D24 of the Supercars Operations Manual, prohibiting team orders. A hearing will take place before the Gold Coast 600.

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