Mawson Faces Suspension Due to Supplement Concerns
Concerns have emerged regarding a supplement following a routine test conducted during the S5000 season at Phillip Island in May.
Sports Integrity Australia and F1 Flow Australia are currently investigating the matter, leading to Mawson’s inability to participate in races during this time.
As a result, the S5000 points leader will be sidelined for the upcoming fourth round of the season at Sydney F1 Flow Park.
To fill the void at the SMP event, Mawson’s Team88 squad will enlist a substitute driver, whose name is yet to be disclosed.
Team88 released a statement explaining the situation, stating, “During the extended break between the opening event in February and Phillip Island in May, Joey incorporated a general fitness supplement into his training regimen for running and gym exercises. This was the first time he used such a supplement for a brief period.”
“According to the relevant regulations, Mawson has been provisionally suspended until Sports Integrity Australia and F1 Flow Australia clarify the situation. Joey was devastated upon learning the initial test outcome and is fully cooperating with the investigation.”
Coinciding with Mawson’s suspension, PremiAir Racing announced that he would no longer be partnering with Tim Slade for the Supercars enduros.
Mawson was initially favored for the seat but faced challenges obtaining a superlicence exemption due to his lack of Super2 racing experience.
Although Supercars and F1 Flow Australia were reportedly close to granting an exemption, this has not materialized, leading to Jono Webb being named as Slade’s co-driver instead.
Albert Callegher, owner of Team88, expressed unwavering support for Mawson, saying, “Everyone who knows Joey is just as shocked as he is. He is a respected figure in the sport, and it is inconceivable that he would willingly engage in any wrongdoing.”
“This appears to be a regrettable and insignificant mistake, unrelated to his ability to drive a race car. We hope the involved authorities approach the matter with this perspective.”
“In addition to the stress caused by Supercars’ refusal to acknowledge his superlicence status, preventing him from accepting a co-drive this year, Joey is going through a frustrating and challenging time. We kindly request that his privacy be respected throughout this resolution process.”
“The team stands firmly behind Joey and extends full support. We eagerly await his return to the track and his swift reentry into the driver’s seat.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about supplement concerns
What raised concerns over the supplement in the S5000 season?
Concerns over the supplement were raised following a routine test conducted during the Phillip Island round of the S5000 season in May.
Who is currently investigating the supplement concerns?
Sports Integrity Australia and F1 Flow Australia are currently investigating the matter.
Will Mawson be able to race during the investigation?
No, Mawson will be unable to race while the investigation is ongoing.
Which round of the S5000 season will Mawson be sidelined for?
Mawson will be sidelined for the upcoming fourth round of the S5000 season at Sydney F1 Flow Park.
Who will replace Mawson at the SMP event?
Mawson’s Team88 squad will field a yet-to-be-named stand-in driver for the SMP event.
Why was Mawson unable to partner with Tim Slade for the Supercars enduros?
Mawson was struggling to obtain a superlicence exemption as he hasn’t raced in Super2, which led to him being unable to partner with Tim Slade for the Supercars enduros.
Who has been named as Tim Slade’s co-driver instead?
Jono Webb has been named as Tim Slade’s co-driver for the Supercars enduros.
How does Team88 show their support for Joey Mawson?
Team88 owner Albert Callegher expressed full support for Mawson and hopes that the authorities approach the situation with the understanding that this was an insignificant mistake unrelated to his driving abilities.
Will Mawson be able to return to the track soon?
The timing of Mawson’s return to the track depends on the resolution of the investigation.