Supercars champions such as Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup drove for Triple Eight during that time period, although it appears the car could have been an old ridecar, rather than one for racing, given it has a passenger seat in it.
Four more cars, seven motorbikes, a tractor and a quad bike were also taken from properties in the Newcastle, Hunter Valley and Dubbo areas.
Seven people are due to face court on Tuesday after being accused of various drug crimes.
Among them is a Dubbo man, 43, charged with running a criminal group and 43 drug supply offences.
In addition to the Ford Falcon Supercar, there was also a GTS Monaro.
Sebastian Vettel’s weekend in Canada began by denying reports that he was set to retire at the end of the season after becoming disillusioned with Formula One.
But by the end of the weekend he had become disillusioned by Formula One.
Vettel has a contract until 2020 with Ferrari, when the overhaul of the rules would mark the obvious moment for driver and team to part ways.
However, should Charles Leclerc begin regularly getting the better of him and Ferrari’s decision making continue to be as flawed as it has been this season then there is every chance Vettel’s tether might snap early.
And if that did happen, it could send huge shockwaves through the top four teams in the paddock. Here’s what would (definitely wouldn’t) happen…
Ferrari keep Leclerc on but without a senior driver they are looking to get someone in with more experience.
In terms of the drivers who are out of contract at the end of the season and therefore available, their choices are limited to the midfield rabble such as former Ferrari junior driver Sergio Perez or Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean from Haas, who act as their sort of B team.
However, Ferrari want a proven race winner, and excluding the now-retired Vettel, there are only five left on the grid.
Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his desire to one day be a Ferrari driver but given how he is on course to level Michael Schumacher’s record by the end of 2020, he decides to stay and fulfil that ambition first.
So Max Verstappen is the next man on their list. He has get-out clauses at Red Bull but race wins in Mexico and Brazil convince him that he should stay rather than take the gamble on Ferrari, who are in a bit of disarray.
Kimi Raikkonen is ruled out on account of age and the fact he was only recently dumped from the team leaving just Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas left as options.
Bottas is the easier of the two to get given Toto Wolff will have to do something with Esteban Ocon next season or face losing the talented Frenchman. The easiest way to do that would be to allow Bottas, who has been linked with Ferrari in the past, the fly the nest and welcome Ocon in as his replacement.
Ricciardo is the far more difficult one, yet the one that they want. They manage to get him out of his Renault contract and sweet talk him around after rejecting him for Leclerc just 12 months earlier. After all, this is Ferrari, and Ricciardo is very proud of his Italian roots. His dad was born in Sicily and Ricciardo himself speak Italian.
He is the perfect fit for Ferrari.
Daniel Ricciardo moves to Ferrari.
Having been able to hold onto both of their drivers, Mercedes are in a strong position going into the 2020 season. Although they are tasked with the unenviable task of picking between Bottas and Ocon.
The Hamilton-Bottas partnership has worked perfectly and with one year left of the current regulations Wolff is reluctant to upset the apple cart.
Had it been a year later when Vettel’s retirement had triggered this domino effect, then the decision may have been different. But a world championship is more likely now than it is after the new regulations come into effect.
Mercedes retain driver line-up. Esteban Ocon leaves the team.
They’ve got Verstappen but Pierre Gasly’s unconvincing season has urged Helmut Marko to replace him in the Red Bull senior team having realised the Frenchman was probably promoted too early.
So, this time he has leant from his mistake and decided to look outside of the Red Bull family for Gasly’s replacement. His only two requirements are that the driver will not upstage Verstappen and is a proven F1 talent.
Reports emerged a few weeks ago, which have since been labelled as “fake news” that Nico Hulkenberg was being eyed to replace Gasly and inspired by these false reports, Marko decides to go with it and give the German a chance at ending that long, unwanted streak of finishing on the podium.
Given Hulkenberg is out of contract, it is easy to snag him and they sign him on a one-year deal ahead of the regulation changes the following year.
Nico Hulkenberg joins Red Bull. Pierre Gasly is relegated to reserve driver.
It’s now disaster time at Renault. Their project is in tatters after both drivers have left for top-three teams. They’ve got plenty of money but no one to drive their championship dream for them.
They have options however, they’ve got two young French drivers available in what would be a PR move they can’t afford to turn down.
They decide to opt for Ocon rather than Gasly, with the former’s reputation having grown even more after a starring role in Netflix’s second series of Drive to Survive.
As for their second driver, they have $A50m left in the kitty to spend and decide to lure back the man who won their previous two world championships in 2005 and 2006, Fernando Alonso.
They use the same persuasion tactics they did on Ricciardo just the year before and again it works, as Alonso’s patience with McLaren eventually runs out when they fail to commit to the Indy 500 for 2020.
Vettel was handed a five-second time penalty during the Montreal race on June 9 after stewards ruled he had returned to the circuit unsafely and forced Lewis Hamilton off the track, after running wide on lap 48. The German took the chequered flag first, but was relegated to second behind the Mercedes driver once his penalty was applied.
Vettel immediately raged against the decision on team radio, with his anger prompting extraordinary post-race scenes, while team boss Mattia Binotto later made clear: “There was no intention in what [Vettel] did at all. He was still ahead and tried to keep his position on track, as simple as that.
“The crowd have their opinion today and not only the crowd, whoever you may ask. We are really disappointed what happened and there have been very similar situations in the past as well that have not been judged as today.”
The F1 season reconvenes in France this weekend, with the continued fallout from the events of Canada set to dominate at least the early part of the event.
What is a ‘review’ and what happens now?
Although time penalties cannot specifically be appealed under F1’s bespoke sporting regulations, Ferrari have now turned to the overarching International Sporting Code which governs all FIA championships to make their case against the stewards’ Montreal decision.
Article 14 of the Code allows for a ‘right of review’ if the affected party can present stewards with fresh evidence which was not available at the time of the judgement.
The regulation states that can be brought if ‘a significant and relevant new element is discovered which was unavailable to the parties seeking the review at the time of the Competition concerned, whether or not the stewards have already given a ruling’.
But it is at the stewards’ discretion whether the so-called evidence fits the above criteria and the case should be reopened. The same stewards who made the original decision will normally be called on to assess the new submissions.
“The stewards shall have the sole discretion to determine if a significant and relevant new element exists,” read the regulations.
“The decision of the stewards as to whether or not such an element exists is not subject to appeal before the national court of appeal or the International Court of Appeal.”
Should a formal reviewed be called, the regulations add: “These stewards or, failing this, those designated by the FIA, must meet (in person or by other means) on a date agreed amongst themselves, summoning the party or parties concerned to hear any relevant explanations and to judge in the light of the facts and elements brought before them.”
Last season, Williams requested a right of review against the decision by stewards in Azerbaijan to award Sergey Sirotkin a grid penalty for the Spanish GP.
The stewards’ panel from Baku reconvened via teleconference ahead of the Barcelona race to hear Williams’ evidence, but deemed that the submissions did not warrant a full review and threw out the case.
This article originally appeared on Sky Sports and was reproduced with permission.
A rejuvenated Renault admit their home French GP is an “important milestone”, but are confident that upgrades will help them reveal their “true pace” over a busy and crucial F1 summer.
Renault kickstarted their season with a superb double points finish in Canada – with Daniel Ricciardo even qualifying up in fourth – and have moved from eighth to fifth in the constructors’ standings.
“The result, and the manner in which we achieved it, should give us the confidence and motivation to push on through a demanding period of races with five Grands Prix before the summer break,” said team boss Cyril Abiteboul.
But while the French team are now just two points behind McLaren as ‘best of the rest’ in the midfield, Abiteboul claims the team are focusing on reducing “the gap to the front” – something he hopes chassis upgrades at Le Castellet will help with.
“France is clearly an important milestone,” he added. “Not only is it our home Grand Prix at Le Castellet, but also the opportunity to demonstrate a further improvement in our competitiveness.
“While Canada, a power sensitive circuit, underlined the gains made in engine performance, France will see the introduction of several development items on the chassis.
“One thing is clear: we cannot dwell on Montreal and to aim for a repeat of that result and keep striving to reduce the gap to the front.”
Ricciardo was arguably the star of the Canadian GP weekend as he followed up his sensational qualifying with a sixth-placed finish in the race, one position ahead of teammate Nico Hulkenberg.