The V8 Supercars Commission has acted quickly to close a loop hole within the current sporting regulations, which allowed Dick Johnson Racing driver Steve Owen to run with just one hard tyre to meet the use of both compound rules at Townsville.
Owen, who led the race early on and went on to finish in seventh, taking his second best result of the season, started the race on soft tyres and during his second stint ran just one hard tyre and the other three softs after Team Manager Paul Morris had spotted an error in the sporting regulations.
Under Article D 220.127.116.11 in the V8 Supercars Operations Manual Sporting Rules, the rule states that:
“For Meetings where Hard and Soft Tyres are allocated, it will be a requirement for both compounds to be used in both Races.”
The Commission has now issued an addendum which will cover off the error, but Owen’s result will still stand as it was correct under the interpretation of the rules at the time.
The correction states:
“In addition to Rule D18.104.22.168 it is not permitted to use Tyres of different compounds on the Car at the same time.”