Parente and Storey handed grid penalties at Hampton Downs

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The Alvaro Parente McLaren and Dominic Storey Mercedes have been handed grid penalties following the Top 10 Shootout for the Hampton Downs 500.

The two cars had qualified second and third respectively, but have been sent to the back end of the top ten after their shootout lap times were deleted.

Parente received his penalty after stewards deemed he’d exceeded track limits by crossing the blend line at pit entry on his flying lap, relegating him and co-driver Fraser Ross to eighth on the grid in the YNA Autosport/McElrea Racing entry.

The Eggleston Motorsport Mercedes of Storey and co-driver Peter Hackett copped it’s penalty after it was judged they arrived at pit exit too late for its Shootout lap, dropping them back to ninth.

The penalties drop the pair to the back end of the top ten, promoting Brad Shiels and Andrew Macpherson in the AMAC Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3-R to second place.

Meanwhile, the championship leading #75 Jamec Pem Audi of Tim Miles and Jaxon Evans has been repaired over night and will start today’s race from tenth on the grid.

Amended Hampton Downs 500 grid:

P Driver Team Time
1 Liam Talbot/John Martin Mega Racing 1:43.409
2 Andrew Macpherson/Brad Shiels AMAC Motorsport 1:45.218
3 Neil Foster/Jonny Reid Giltrap 1:45.279
4 Max Twigg/Tony D’Alberto WM Waste Management 1:46.504
5 Dylan O’Keeffe/Steve Richards BMW Team SRM 1:46.772
6 Matt Whittaker/John Udy 100% Electrical/Whittaker’s 1:47.478
7 Adrian Deitz/Cam McConville Timken Zagame Autosport 1:48.327
8 Alvaro Parente/Fraser Ross YNA Autosport/McElrea Racing
9 Dominic Storey/Peter Hackett Autex Eggleston Motorsport
10 Tim Miles/Jaxon Evans Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing
11 Andrew Waite/Tony Quinn Darrell Lea 1:50.126
12 Matt Halliday/Andrew Bagnell Bolt Master 1:50.695
13 Scott Hookey/Mark Griffith Hog’s Breath Café/Griffith Corporation 1:52.861