THE VOICE OF NA­TIONAL RAC­ING JAMES “Key­board war­riors must think twice”

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Joe Os­borne has hit out at the way penal­ties are ap­plied within the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship af­ter hav­ing a race win taken away at Snet­ter­ton last week­end.

Os­borne was run­ning sec­ond in the AMD Tun­ing BMW Z4 he shares with Lee Mowle when he clipped the rear of the race-lead­ing Bar­well Lam­borgh­ini Hu­ra­can of Phil Keen into Bomb Hole cor­ner.

The con­tact spun Keen and handed Os­borne the lead on lap 20, how­ever Os­borne was handed a drive-through penalty for the clash with just a hand­ful of min­utes to go. Os­borne opted not to serve it and fin­ish the race with a 30-sec­ond penalty in­stead, drop­ping the crew to fifth and deny­ing the pair­ing a maiden win.

Af­ter the race Os­borne said: “It’s ridicu­lous as the pun­ish­ment doesn’t fit the crime. I hold my hands up to the hit, it was my mis­take, but why couldn’t the stew­ards have made an in­stant de­ci­sion and or­dered me to give the place back? I’d have hap­pily done it. In­stead they waited un­til five min­utes to the end and gave me a penalty that there was no com­ing back from, which ru­ined our race and prob­a­bly our cham­pi­onship.”

David Les­lie’s race-win­ning Vaux­hall Cava­lier from the 1993 Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship will re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion in the hands of his­toric ace Oliver Bryant.

The Rml-built Ecurie Ecosse car won at Thrux­ton and Les­lie was of­ten a fron­trun­ner on his way to eighth place

Bryant will race car in Su­per Tour­ing Tro­phy Moss’s mad BMW 1M

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