Van Gisbergen no fan of 'redress' being binned
MOTORSPORTS: Reigning Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen has praised the sport's revised judicial system - except when it comes to the binning of the 'redress'.
The 'redress' move, where a driver bumps another car aside then lets them repass to avoid a penalty, has been culled amid a total rework of the sport's Driving Code of Conduct and judicial system.
Redressing was at the centre of the controversial finish to last year's Bathurst 1000, where a failed redress attempt by Jamie Whincup led to him being levied a penalty that cost him the race victory.
The changes to the judicial system and the championship's Driving Code of Conduct were revealed and discussed with the drivers at a briefing on the morning of the Sydney Motorsport Park tyre test, allowing them to give feedback before they are finalised ahead of the Clipsal 500 Adelaide.
When asked if the removal of the 'redress' option was the right decision, Van Gisbergen told FOX Sports News 500: "Yes and no.
"I think it needed a whole lot of clarity, the judicial system, so they've made it a whole lot better. It needed a tidy-up, for sure. It was pretty messy last year.
"But now it's so much riskier to make a pass. The racing might be not as good because of some things. The penalties are just too harsh now. So I think they might change that back a little bit.
"It's all a kneejerk to the Bathurst thing. That's what it's all about, everyone was trying to tidy up stuff like that. It's too much the other way in my opinion."
It was Van Gisbergen who brought the 'redress' move to the fore at the season-opener two years ago.
After bumping race leader James Courtney wide, Van Gisbergen slowed to allow Courtney to repass him. The HRT driver raced on to victory, while second-placed SVG was widely hailed for his act of sportsmanship.
Now, drivers will instead be told to race on after any contact and cop either a drive-through penalty or a post-race sanction.
"A drive-through penalty for something like that is just too harsh," Van Gisbergen said.
"When it's a one-on-one and a car bumps wide (and) you know you've mucked up, you should be able to let the guy back through and carry on."