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Ingall's race-rage fine reduced

By Guy Hand 05/12/2003 05:51:41 AM Comments (0)

V8 Supercar driver Russell Ingall had his fine for last weekend's Eastern Creek race-rage incident reduced on appeal, but Mark Skaife was left to wait another day to learn of his fate.

Ingall's original $15,000 fine was reduced to $10,000 after a marathon three-hour appeal hearing in Melbourne on Thursday.

But his other penalties of 150 championship points, a three-race suspended ban and 12 month's probation for conduct prejudicial to the sport still stood.

Skaife's appeal against a careless driving charge was earlier adjourned to a later date after V8 Supercar law enforcer CAMS decided to consider new evidence presented.

Skaife was fined $10,000, docked 105 championship points, given a three-race suspended ban and 12 months' probation for careless driving and conduct prejudicial to the sport after the controversial incident at Eastern Creek.

Skaife was found guilty of careless driving while exiting the corner just prior to the collision between Holden and Ingall's Ford which sent Skaife slamming into a wall.

He then remonstrated trackside as Ingall drove past on the next lap and Ingall deliberately swerved his car towards the Holden driver.

As well as his fine, Ingall lost a total of 220 championship points to slide from fourth to seventh in the final series standings.

He also received a three-race suspended ban and 12 months' probation for his part in the incident.

A three-man appeals board deliberated for more than an hour over Ingall's case after two hours of evidence - in which the Stone Brothers Racing driver appealed against the portion of the penalty for conduct prejudicial to the sport.

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