Plow­man re­turns

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For­mer Indycar driver Martin Plow­man re­turned to Bri­tish GT to share a Lo­tus Evora with Richard Taffinder at Snet­ter­ton last week­end. It was the pair’s first GT run of the sea­son. How­ever they com­pleted just three rac­ing laps over Sun­day’s two races with tech­ni­cal trou­ble, cul­mi­nat­ing in Plow­man re­tir­ing the car af­ter a mi­nor fire. Matt Man­der­son was also a re­turnee to the cham­pi­onship shar­ing Mike Brown’s As­ton Martin Van­tage GT3. Man­der­son for­merly raced a Holden Monaro in the se­ries back in 2004. They fin­ished 10th be­fore re­tir­ing in race two.

AMD boss Shaun Hol­lamby joined Os­borne in call­ing for a set time win­dow within which to make de­ci­sions on penal­ties. “There could be more con­sid­er­a­tion with things like this as even if they’d given us the driv­ethrough straight away it would have been bet­ter as it would have given us some time to undo some of the dam­age,” he said.

Clerk of the course Bernard Cot­trell said: “We have to take a zero tol­er­ance pol­icy on con­tact as rub­bing might be rac­ing in tour­ing cars, but in GTS panel dam­age is big money. We re­viewed the video ev­i­dence be­fore mak­ing the call and it was a clear-cut case.”

Se­ries driv­ing stan­dards ad­vi­sor Michael Verg­ers added: “It’s all well and good ask­ing why we didn’t just ask driv­ers to re­verse po­si­tions, but what prece­dent would that set? If you start do­ing that for ev­ery­body then driv­ers will sim­ply try a move, give the place back, and then prob­a­bly try it again.”

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