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WAU excluded from Sandown practice after drop gear gaffe

Both Walkinshaw Andretti United cars were disqualified from the opening practice session for the Sandown 500 due to what appeared to be a misread regulation.

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It was noted after the first half-hour session that the two WAU Fords were under investigation for a drop gear breach.

The team was swiftly found guilty of the breach, leading to Chaz Mostert/Lee Holdsworth and Nick Percat/Fabian Coulthard being disqualified from the session.

"Following an admission by WAU Racing Pty Ltd of a breach of supplementary regulation 6.2 – At this event... all cars are required to install the 'back Up #1 drop gear of 1.000 from the commencement of the .. event' (cars #2 and #25 did not have the correct drop gear installed), the stewards disqualified car #2 and car #25 from practice session 1," read the stewards report.

Teams were all ordered to move to the 1.000 final drive for this round, however the supplementary regulations also specified that: "Drop gear 1.074 as specified in Rule C10.5.1 for the Sandown International Raceway is also required to be on hand at the event".

That appears to be what caught WAU out and led to the shorter drive being installed for the opening practice session.

WAU also copped a $500 fine for a wheel nut from Percat's car that wandered across the fast lane during pitstop practice in the third practice session.

Triple Eight also copped a $500 fine after Craig Lowndes was clocked doing 50 km/h at pit entry, where the limit is 40 km/h, during the first session.

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