Wednesday, Oct 16 09:21am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Erebus Motorsport boss says DJR Team Penske “blatantly cheated”

Erebus Motorsport team boss Barry Ryan says DJR Team Penske has brought the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship into disrepute.


DJR Team Penske have been charged with a breach of the team orders rule for the Safety Car debacle that played out between Lap 134 and Lap 136 when Fabian Coulthard slowed down dramatically.


The Ford Mustang pilot backed the field up, which allowed race leader Jamie Whincup and Coulthard’s teammate Scott McLaughlin to sprint away to the pit lane.


A hearing will take place before next weekend’s Gold Coast 600 with a Teams’ Championship points penalty and monetary fine likely to be dished out.


Speaking on the Below the Bonnett podcast, Barry Ryan said the move by DJR Team Penske damaged the integrity of the sport.


“Essentially that team blatantly cheated, I guess, and fixed the race, from that point,” he said.


“There's no other way to look at it. it's pretty clear from the vision, the radio, the body language of the people they interviewed within the team that they did it on purpose.


“Unfortunately us and some other teams, they've taken us out of the race essentially, and didn't give us an opportunity to use our strategy.


“It's pretty damaging [to the sport]. Unfortunately there is so much public damage going on around it anyway, we just don't need another thing like this that damages our integrity and the way our sport is perceived.


“It is blatant cheating, and I don't like calling anybody a cheat but they did. They had to do that to ensure that car no. 17 had the chance to stay as [one of] the front two cars.”


Ryan is of the belief that had the field not been backed up, their fuel advantage could have allowed them to leapfrog Whincup and McLaughlin to be back in contention for the race.