Attempt to alter appeal rejected

Appeal: Triple Eight Racing driver Jamie Whincup in Bathurst.

Appeal: Triple Eight Racing driver Jamie Whincup in Bathurst.

TRIPLE Eight Racing’s bid to change its appeal over Jamie Whincup’s failed pass in the closing stages of Sunday’s Bathurst 1000 has been rejected by the CAMS-appointed National Court of Appeal.

Triple Eight had originally appealed the severity of a 15-second penalty handed down to Whincup but later sought to amend its appeal to instead claim that the failed pass was not a breach of driving standards.

The attempt to amend the appeal was rejected on Friday and Triple Eight had until late on Friday to decide whether to go ahead with its appeal against the severity of the penalty.

If successful, such an appeal could see Whincup’s penalty cut to just 10 seconds which would not be enough to give the team a win on Sunday, but would have an impact on the car’s final placing and championship points.

Supercars Australia issued a statement saying races such as the Bathurst 1000 should be decided on the track, not in a court room.

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