UTE: Kovacs regains Sandown victory appeal

Tribunal restores Kovacs' first BRutes Win SOUTH Australian driver Charlie 'Handlebars' Kovacs has added belatedly to his tally of victories in the inaugural Poolrite V8 BRute Muster series after winning an appeal heard by a motorsport ...

Tribunal restores Kovacs' first BRutes Win

SOUTH Australian driver Charlie 'Handlebars' Kovacs has added belatedly to his tally of victories in the inaugural Poolrite V8 BRute Muster series after winning an appeal heard by a motorsport tribunal.

The tribunal reinstated Kovacs' win in the last of three races in the series' fifth round, run at the Gold Coast Indy on 28 October.

The win was the first for the popular Adelaide driver in his Holden Commodore and he became the eighth different winner in the six-round national championship for Commodore and Ford Falcon V8 utes. He won again in the final round in December.

Kovacs had been penalised 60 seconds after Gold Coast event - effectively putting him last - when stewards decided that during a warm-up lap on the way to the starting grid he had moved up two positions ahead of his allotted spot.

The Confederation of Australian Motorsport tribunal yesterday upheld Kovacs' appeal against the stewards' finding.

The decision boosted Kovacs' points tally for the season, but did not change the finishing order of the leading drivers in the series, which was won by Rod 'Redline' Wilson, from Melbourne, in a Commodore.

The V8 BRute Muster expands to eight rounds and record 32-car grids for the 2002 season, which starts at the Clipsal 500 meeting in Adelaide in March.

FINAL 2001 POINTS(revised): 1 Rod 'Redline' Wilson 785, 2 Damien 'Ice' White 778, 3 Gary 'Growler' Young 702, 4 Gary 'The Boss' MacDonald 697, 5 Grant 'Mad Dog' Denyer 528, 6 Ian 'Macca' McAlister 498, 7 Charlie 'Handlebars' Kovacs 485.

Final BRutes' round on SBS TV's Speedweek on Saturday

Coverage of the final and deciding round of the inaugural Poolrite V8 BRute Muster series will be shown on Speedweek on SBS TV next weekend.

The one-hour program, starting at 3.30 pm on Saturday in all States, will feature round six from Sandown International Motor Raceway, where the championship was clinched by Holden Commodore driver Rod Wilson in the last of three races.

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