WHOR­TON-EALES GETS EX­CLU­SION U-TURN

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now and what we need to do at Snet­ter­ton.”

Chair­man of the ap­peal panel Steve String­well said in his re­port: “It is ap­par­ent that the orig­i­nal car was sub­stan­tially dam­aged at Croft in 2015. Fol­low­ing this in­ci­dent the car was reshelled with all of the sealed com­po­nents in­clud­ing a cut in the rear sub sec­tion of the loom be­ing trans­ferred and in­stalled in the reshelled car. It was re­paired by means of a nor­mal method us­ing ‘Bul­let’ fas­ten­ers.

“At no point was the re­pair ques­tioned by any­one. At Don­ing­ton Park 2016 it was de­cided by the se­ries scru­ti­neer that this re­pair, that had been per­ma­nent since 2015, should now be de­clared a mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

“After care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion the panel is sat­is­fied that the method of re­pair is ac­cepted and is sat­is­fac­tory as a per­ma­nent re­pair.

“The panel de­ci­sion is to al­low the ap­peal; the ap­peal fee is to be re­turned and the com­peti­tor re­in­stated in the re­sults.”

WDE Mo­tor­sport’s Paul Rivett had in­her­ited the Don­ing­ton vic­tory but he has now been put back to sec­ond.

Those ex­tra points could prove cru­cial for Whor­ton-eales’ ti­tle bid after a dif­fi­cult week­end at Croft. “We needed them [points] this week­end,” he said. “I strug­gled to get a clean lap in qual­i­fy­ing and that made the races dif­fi­cult.”

Whor­ton-eales was only able to qual­ify eighth and 10th, but fin­ished fourth and fifth in the races. How­ever, he was in­volved in fur­ther con­tro­versy as an in­ci­dent in race two meant he was de­moted to sev­enth and had two penalty points on his li­cence. He leads Mike Bushell by three points in the stand­ings.

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