A controversial decision not to penalise V8 Supercars series leader, James Courtney, for an incident with his Ford teammate in Townsville yesterday, has been dismissed as a joke by a Holden rival.
Rumours abounded that Courtney faced a points penalty after his lap two bingle with Steven Johnson in Townsville's opening 200 kilometre race, in which Johnson's car was spun around.
He later recovered to finish 11th while Courtney placed fifth, helping him maintain an 18-point championship lead over the two-time defending champion Jamie Whincup.
Officials investigated the incident this morning, but did not penalise Courtney - much to the frustration of his rivals.
Whincup's Holden team's boss, Roland Dane, says the decision was a joke, and the findings effectively tell drivers that it's okay for one driver to turn another around.
Whincup will be aiming to reclaim the series lead when the Townsville round concludes with another 200 kilometre race this afternoon.