Supercars young gun Chaz Mostert hopes a Bathurst 1000 appeal controversy leads to more simplified racing rules, saying a lack of clarification had made drivers hold back.
Holden star Jamie Whincup’s unsuccessful appeal against a penalty that cost him a fifth Great Race win may have rubbed a lot of drivers the wrong way.
But Ford’s Mostert believed the unpopular protest may finally help clear the air on what many drivers believed was the confusing issue of “redressing”.
The issue was the key to Whincup’s appeal against a 15 second time penalty for careless driving after making contact with Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin late in October 9’s Great Race.
Whincup had hoped to prove at the Supercars National Court of Appeal in Melbourne on Tuesday night that he had redressed or fallen back behind McLaughlin in order to avoid a penalty after making contact with the Volvo driver while attempting to pass on lap 150.
It took just 50 minutes for the Supercars National Court of Appeal to dismiss Whincup’s appeal.
Still, Mostert believed the controversial court hearing could help clear up redressing by this weekend’s next Supercars round, the Gold Coast 600.
“It would be good to see what comes out of the appeal – the drivers need to understand redressing a bit more,” Mostert said.
“When can you redress and avoid a penalty?
“What constitutes a 15 second penalty? The rules aren’t that clear on it.
“It’s just a bit foggy, hard to understand.”
Mostert claimed the redressing issue had made drivers tentative on the track this year.
“It makes us feel like we can’t race and make mistakes – it’s a bit disconcerting,” he said.
“Sometimes the rules hold us back.
“It’s bad it happened in our biggest race of the year but it’s probably good that it happened if it can help clarify the rules.
“Hopefully we can get some clarification before the Gold Coast event.”
Whincup’s Red Bull Racing team have a week to decide whether to take their case to the FIA International Court of Appeal.