Motorsport: McLaughlins phantom Monza penalty

Scott McLaughlin figured in the closing stages of the Supercars Eseries race at Monza he was racing for the second, not the lead. In the virtual series, the DJR Team Penske star romped to an early lead, taking two wins from three opening-round races at Phillip Island and Monza. However, the second of those wins came as something of a surprise.

 

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 10, 2020 12:14 IST

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Two wins gave McLaughlin an early lead in the series

 

Having made contact at the Parabolica halfway through the race with Teammate Fabian Coulthard, McLaughlin was left with the feeling that he had been struck with a five-second. 

Yet there was either a penalty applied in the game or one applied by Craig Baird, the driving standards advisor.

The most probable explanation for the misunderstanding is a miscommunication via McLaughlin's famous Twitch account, which at times during Wednesday night's broadcast had more than 5000 live viewers. It left McLaughlin and Harris believing they were competing for second, not the race title, but the confusion came about. 

They're spending the second half of the race handling both fuel and Chaz Mostert's distance, aiming to finish second.

The two wins gave McLaughlin an early lead in the series, with the Bathurst winner maintaining a 44-point advantage over Cam Waters. 

The Supercars All-Stars Eseries starts next Wednesday night with races in Silverstone and Barcelona.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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