Red Bull get extension for Bathurst appeal

An extension has been granted to Red Bull Racing (RBR) to finalise their appeal in the wake of the controversial Bathurst 1000 finish.

RBR must submit evidence to support the protest by 5.55pm AEST on Friday after successfully requesting an extra 24 hours from governing body Conferation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

RBR were livid after driver Jamie Whincup crossed the line first in Sunday’s Great Race, only to be relegated to 11th due to a time penalty earned after a spectacular late crash.

Whincup was hit with a 15 second time penalty for his role in a lap 150 incident that ended the winning chances of Volvo’s Scott McLaughlin and Holden’s Garth Tander.

RBR paid $10,000 to appeal the result in the aftermath of the race but have spent the week finalising their argument.

It is believed RBR will argue that a championship points deduction, rather than a time penalty, was a more fitting punishment for Whincup’s careless driving charge.

Six-time series champion Whincup is second in the standings with three rounds left, just 139 points behind leader and Holden teammate Shane van Gisbergen.

However, Whincup’s fate is not expected to be known until early next month.

A Supercars National Court of Appeal must be conducted in Melbourne within nine days of the event.

The 24-hour extension granted RBR means at the latest the hearing must be heard by Wednesday.

However, a verdict may not be handed down until 14 days after the appeal is heard – as late as November 2.

If unsuccessful the RBR can appeal through the FIA International Court of Appeal.

The Bathurst 1000 result remains provisional until the hearing is concluded.

But Great Race winner Will Davison of Holden said he had received assurances from RBR that they didn’t want to take the victorious Peter Brock Trophy away from him.

“He (RBR boss Roland Dane) said the last thing he wanted to do was to change our result,” Davison told speedcafe website.

“I understand what they (RBR) are doing to get Jamie’s penalty changed slightly but there is no way we will lose the lead.”

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