Ford stars fume over NZ safety car chaos

UniqueThis 6 September 15, 2019

Furious Ford star Cameron Waters believes no championship points should have been awarded for Sunday's Supercars race in New Zealand.

Waters was one of three Tickford Racing drivers, livid at the end of the 200km race, after a chaotic safety car period cost them several positions in the field.

Holden's Jamie Whincup was penalised for passing the safety car illegally during the race, while Waters and teammates Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison had to settle for mid-pack finishes after dropping several places during the safety period.

Ford's Scott McLaughlin eventually won the race but Waters said the event shouldn't count towards the championship standings.

"We would have been on for a podium but, obviously, race control managed to screw that one up royally," Waters said.

"It's an embarrassment that a championship can do that and classify it as full points so, as far as I'm concerned, I want an explanation from the powers that be, and I think that race should be zero points."

Race director Tim Schenken and deputy David Stuart both defended the safety car deployment, adding Whincup's decision to take matters into his own hands and pass the safety car had prevented a correct reshuffling of the field.

Tickford Racing boss Tim Edwards said his team would use their disappointment as motivation for next month's Bathurst 1000.

"To have three of our cars taken out of the running by something out of our control is incredibly frustrating," Edwards said.

"It shouldn't have happened and our drivers, engineers, and crew don't deserve to be done like that.

"There's a fire under all four camps after that, and we'll be ready to give it our all at Bathurst next month."

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