CAMS stewards last night dismissed the protest lodged by Prodrive against Red Bull’s Craig Lowndes following nose to tail contact between Winterbottom and the Holden driver during round 23 in Sydney. A hearing in the paddock at Sandown, in advance of this weekends Wilson Security Sandown 500 concluded that no reckless driving rules had been broken by Lowndes and no further action would be taken.
After the incident Lowndes continued and finished in 10th place whilst Winterbottom finished down in 16th after clashing with Heimgartner later on in the race. After the hearing Lowndes said “We knew it was going to be a part of the weekend, I’m now happy we can move on and think about the rest of the weekend” .
Lowndes, who is aiming for a record equaling 5th victory in the Sandown 500 this weekend, is expected to be among the frontrunners along with Winterbottom and his Prodrive teammates Mostert and Reynolds. With the Holden driver the Cat among the Pigeons in this years title fight, the Enduros could see the championship balance swing between Prodrive and Triple Eight once again.
We’ll be back this evening with a full preview of this weekends Sandown 500.