Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport have been handed a suspended $5,000 fine after Jack Perkins stopped on track with a loose wheel during Practice 2 at the ITM Auckland SuperSprint.
Perkins, who is replacing Alex Rullo aboard the #62 Commodore this weekend, was forced to pull up in the Turn 5/6 escape road on an out-lap during yesterday’s second 40-minute session with a missing left rear wheel.
Stewards have issued a $5,000 fine to the Melbourne based team, of which $2,000 is suspended until the end of the year, after it was deemed they breached safety regulations for unsafely releasing the car from pitlane.
“Following a DRD (Deputy Race Director) investigation into the reasons why Car #62, Jack Perkins, stopped at Turn 5 and an admission of a breach of Rule A8.5 (Safety – Competitor is responsible for all safety aspects – unsafe release of Car #3 from Pit Lane) by Lucas Dumbrell Investments Pty Ltd, the Stewards imposed the penalty of a Fine of $5000, $2000 of which was suspended until 31 December 2017, on Lucas Dumbrell Investments Pty Ltd,” read the stewards’ report.
The infringement caps off a difficult Friday for the squad at Pukekohe, after Perkins only completed five laps in Practice 1 before a wild moment and graze with the concrete barrier at the final turn put him out of the session.
The #62 Holden will hit the track for Qualifying today with new sponsorship as campervan and motorhome company TrailLite Racing have replaced Repair Management Australia as the car’s major sponsor overnight.
Erebus Motorsport have also received a $1,000 fine after a stray wheel rolled across the pit lane during Friday afternoon’s ride session.