American driver Robby Gordon may not compete in Australia again after motorsport officials flagged banning him for hooning in Darwin’s CBD on the weekend.
Super truck driver Gordon, who’s also had a successful NASCAR career in the United States, was caught doing burnouts on the city’s main Mitchell Street on Saturday night.
He was charged with driving offences, including driving in a dangerous manner, and fined almost $4000 after appearing in Darwin Local Court on Monday, according to the ABC.
Gordon was in Darwin competing in Stadium Super Trucks, which he formed.
He came second in Sunday’s race at Hidden Valley Raceway, which also hosted the weekend’s V8 Supercars championship race.
The Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) will indefinitely deny him applying for a competition visa on health and safety grounds.
“With CAMS actively engaging more than ever with local communities, government, and corporate Australia to grow and promote our sport, so-called ‘hoon’ behaviour on public roads is not reflective of our values, nor our member base, and will not be tolerated,” chief executive Eugene Arocca said in a statement.
“It is unfortunate that such actions have taken place after an otherwise professional and well organised event at Hidden Valley Raceway, and such behaviour is not reflective of the organising committee of that event or Supercars.
“We are disappointed that this incident is not demonstrative of the requisite level of professionalism demanded by modern motor sport.”
After his court appearance on Monday, Gordon downplayed his actions.
“I think I did two doughnuts … not to make excuses, but maybe less than five kilometres an hour,” he told reporters.
“Obviously the wheels were faster than that, but I did two doughnuts and put it back on the trailer.”