NISSAN DOWN TEST DAY AFTER RULE BREACH
Nissan Motorsport are down a test day after breaching the testing rules with Bryce Fullwood’s driver evaluation day at Winton in June.
Under the current rules, team are allowed to use driver evaluation days to test a driver who hasn’t competed in the full main series during the last three seasons or completed more than five main series events during the previous season.
During these driver evaluation days, a primary driver is allowed to complete up to 10 laps. With Non-primary drivers completing in evaluation days then not eligible to run in the same year’s Pirtek Enduro Cup.
However, Nissan elected to use co-driver, Jack Le Brocq for these “primary driver” laps during Fullwood’s evaluation.
Le Brocq not being a primary driver, would have fallen under the driver evaluation regulations, which would have prevented him from taking up his role as co-driver with Todd Kelly this year.
A subsequent investigation by Supercars has deemed the the issue as a ‘inadvertent paperwork error’. With Nissan Motorsport having now changed evaluation day of Fullwood to be reclassified as one of the teams test days.
“It was an inadvertent paperwork error in the team’s interpretation of the classification of a primary driver,” read the statement from Supercars sporting and technical director David Stuart.
“Once Supercars evaluated the activities on the day and the drivers involved the evaluation day was reclassified as a Test day.”
This leave Nissan Motorsport with just one test day of it’s allocation for 2017 left, which is scheduled to be used prior to the Sandown 500.
Date posted: August 3, 2017