Van Gisbergen: Stewards were about to throw six cars out

Van Gisbergen: Stewards were about to throw six cars out
March 13, 2018 | 8:00 am | Author: Steven Wright

Shane van Gisbergen revealed that he was thankful that common sense prevailed as the stewards were going to exclude six cars from the Saturday Adelaide 500 shootout for breaching the track limits.

During one of the Australian podcasts, The Driver’s Seat, the Adelaide 500 winner Shane van Gisbergen that he understands he broke the rules during his pole lap on Saturday which turned to be controversial when competitors protested that the pole lap should be invalid.

The stewards ended up not issuing a penalty, allowing the 2017 series champion to keep his pole position for the Saturday 250km race in Adelaide.

In the podcast, the Kiwi revealed that six to eight cars were going to excluded from the shootout for going four wheels off the track (not just at turn 7), which would put the reputation of the series in jeopardy.

“I didn’t really get drawn into all that politics,” Van Gisbergen said when asked about the controversial pole.

“I was clearly four wheels off the track, on a straight with no advantage, which is probably the longer distance. I was four wheels off the track, and probably should’ve been thrown out [of the shootout].”

“You know, the people that were protesting, were also unbelievable that their cars were off the track as well in the other corners.”

“There was eight cars who were four wheels off the track at one point, when I brought that up [during the stewards investigations].”

“I brought up the corner before, turn 6, and they said they’ve got to investigate that and they were going to throw six cars out of the shootout and that would look stupid for the sport.”

“Common sense prevails and they moved the lines the day after, that could make the series look like a joke.”

Van Gisbergen now moves onto the Coates Hire Supercars Melbourne 400 round which features two 25-lap races and two 13-lap races at the Australian Grand Prix event.

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