WPS Racing clarification on CAMS statement

A media release issued overnight by CAMS under the heading 'WPS Racing plead guilty to breach of intimidation rules' is grossly misleading. WPS Racing pleaded guilty to a charge of using 'abusive words' following a discussion with another team...

A media release issued overnight by CAMS under the heading 'WPS Racing plead guilty to breach of intimidation rules' is grossly misleading.

WPS Racing pleaded guilty to a charge of using 'abusive words' following a discussion with another team in the wake of Craig Baird's dramatic crash out of race three of the V8 Supercar Championship Series in New Zealand.

The Investigating and Prosecuting Officer (IPO) initially explored whether WPS Racing had a case to answer in relation to a charge under the heading of 'intimidation and threats' but instead chose to pursue a lesser charge of using 'abusive words'.

In a letter to the IPO dated 27 April WPS Racing principal Craig Gore acknowledged he had used 'bad language' and vehemently denied he had threatened or intimidated anyone after the Baird incident.

WPS Racing entered a guilty plea to the IPO's charge, which was officially listed on the charge sheet as 'used abusive words' (see attached image file).

The team was subsequently fined $11,250.

Any inference that WPS Racing was charged with threats or intimidation is rejected and the team has today served notice on CAMS to immediately withdraw the offending media release and provide an apology.

CAMS has, in the view of WPS Racing, acted in a misleading and deceptive manner as the media release portrays a contrary view to an agreement reached by WPS Racing and the IPO.

-WPS Racing

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Series Supercars , CAMS
Drivers Craig Baird