The V8 Supercar National Court of Appeal convened this evening at the CAMS National Office in Melbourne to hear an appeal lodged by Stone Brothers Racing Pty Ltd with regard to a $10,000 fine and the loss of 192 Championship points to Marcos Ambrose for a technical breach at last weekend's round of the V8 Supercar Championship Series held at Queensland Raceway on Sunday 4 July 2004.
After reviewing all of the evidence, the Court upheld the appeal and consequently the penalty was revised to a $5,000 fine with the 192 points reinstated.
The appeal by Stone Brothers Racing was against the penalties handed down following the Stewards' finding that their vehicle (Car #1) was in breach of technical rules C8.11.8 and C8.11.9 (AVESCO Operations Manual) in that the ECU wiring loom was found to include additional wires and a connector which were not permitted.
The Court said that the revised penalty was comparable with previous decisions relating to ECU loom irregularities but was more serious and reflected the ultimate responsibility of the team manager to ensure conformity with rules that were strict for good reason. The Court also took into account the previously unblemished record of the appellants.
The $10,000 appeal fee will be refunded in full.
The decision of the V8 Supercar National Court of Appeal is binding and final. No further appeal from the determination of an appeal by the Court is either available under, or permitted by, the Rules save for an appeal to the FIA International Court of Appeal in accordance with the International Sporting Code.