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.”