Driving standards slammed after shunts
Hunter Abbott’s spectacular crash at the start of the third British Touring Car Championship race at Snetterton followed a huge pile-up at the start of race two, and several leading racers have hit out at driving standards in the category.
The race two smash involved four cars, and Dan Welch’s Proton was destroyed in the impact after being broadsided on the Bentley straight.
WSR driver Rob Collard said he thought some checks on driver ability should be put in place. “We need to have a certain standard, and if people can’t meet those standards, they need to be suspended for a few races. There are a lot of drivers out there who really haven’t got a clue.”
His views were echoed by 2013 champion and Motorbase Performance driver Andrew Jordan. He said: “We are a professional championship and we should be setting an example. At the moment, we aren’t.”
Three drivers were penalised for contact over the course of the weekend, including AMD Tuning Audi driver Ollie Jackson for his part in the race two pile-up. He was handed a £1000 fine and three points on his licence, and a five-place grid penalty for the next round. He has appealed the decision.
Collard critical of racers