Cen­tury crew wins GT4 race and is then ex­cluded for yellow flag in­fringe­ment

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

Bri­tish GT reg­u­lar Nathan Freke has ques­tioned the con­sis­tency of the penal­ties ap­plied in the se­ries af­ter he and team-mate Anna Walewska were stripped of their GT4 win at Rock­ing­ham last week­end.

Freke and Walewska re­cov­ered from a fuel pipe fail­ure early in the meet­ing and raced from the back of the grid to take the GT4 class win on the road in their Cen­tury Mo­tor­sport Ginetta G55. How­ever, Walewska was judged to have over­taken un­der yellow flags early in the race and the pair was ex­cluded.

Freke said: “Where’s the con­sis­tency? At Brands Hatch [over­tak­ing un­der yel­lows] seemed ac­cept­able be­hav­iour, or a time penalty. Yet at Rock­ing­ham it’s ex­clu­sion. How­ever, if you de­cide to over­take be­fore the safety car line, tech­ni­cally still un­der yellow flag con­di­tions, it’s just a driv­ethrough. I’m con­fused at the logic.”

Bri­tish GT clerk of the course Bernard Cot­trell said: “Cen­tury ap­pealed the decision, but it was re­jected. The rule book has al­ways said cars will be ex­cluded for pass­ing un­der yel­lows. We gave Anna the ben­e­fit of the doubt dur­ing the race as we wanted to re­view in-car footage post-race to be sure as there’s no com­ing back from it if you make a snap rul­ing and just pull a car out of a race.

“Cars pe­nalised for pass­ing be­fore the safety car line are a dif­fer­ent sce­nario, so have dif­fer­ent con­se­quences. On the footage we saw the Cen­tury car raced to­ward the green flag and yel­lows were clearly vis­i­ble. You have to pass the green flag be­fore you can be­gin rac­ing again.”

Four cars were ex­cluded from Rock­ing­ham. The Team Hard Ginetta of Wil­son Thomp­son/robert Barrable was also ex­cluded for pass­ing un­der yel­lows, as was the Tol­man Mo­tor­sport Ginetta G55 GT3 of David Pat­ti­son and Luke Daven­port. The GT4 Op­ti­mum Ginetta G55 of Gra­ham John­son/mike Robin­son was also thrown out for a clash with the PFL Mo­tor­sport As­ton Martin GT3.

Photos: Jakob Ebrey, Gary Hawkins

Freke: Un­happy Freke and Walewska raced to the win but then lost out

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