Driv­ing stan­dards slammed af­ter shunts

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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

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