Scott McLaughlin may be busy preparing to defend his Bathurst 1000 title but his opponents are still calling for further action on his contentious 2019 victory.
McLaughlin remained champion despite his DJR Team Penske being accused of intentionally slowing down the rest of the pack to allow the Kiwi a clear path to the crown.
The punishments handed down for the incident saw the second Penske car driven by Fabian Coulthard and Tony D’Alberto demoted and a $250,000 fine imposed while they were also stripped of 300 team points.
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Coulthard slowed right down when the safety car was deployed.
A year on from the controversy, Erebus Motorsport co-owner Barry Ryan says the team should have been stripped from the title.
“Once they did them for the (team order) and then they had the illegal engine and should have started last on the grid well then 100 per cent they should have been stripped (of the win),” Ryan told News Corp.
“You can’t basically qualify illegally and then still keep your race win.
“You can’t do anything about it now, but it still sits pretty bad with a lot of people.
“We’ll just go back there and try and fix it I guess.”
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Speaking on The Loud Pedalpodcast last year, McLaughlin called on his rivals to move on from the incident.
“There’s some people in other teams that should be focusing on their internal team issues before they kick on about us,” McLaughlin said.
“And that’s what pisses me off a lot about the whole thing.
“We had the fastest car all weekend, we broke the lap record multiple times, we started from pole.
“We did our best job when we could, we lived for the now on the fuel saving strategy and then at the end we got a fair crack with [Shane van Gisbergen] after the Safety Car restart.
“We deserved to win that race. I believe we won it fair and square, it just sucks we have to deal with all this stuff and what probably should be the greatest week of my life.”
McLaughlin is set to fly overseas to the United States for his IndyCar debut and Roger Penske says the Kiwi’s future is still yet to be decided.
“We haven’t made the decision yet on McLaughlin,” he told Autosport.
“That’s a decision about going to four cars next year in IndyCar.
“Entering McLaughlin at St. Pete is another part of the evaluation of what we’re doing, and of course sponsorship is a part of this too.
“But he’s a special driver. He’s won 48 Supercars races for us, almost 60 poles, three championships… I have never seen anyone deliver like Scott. But now he would love to get in a series over here.”