OSBORNE HITS OUT AT PENALTY AFTER LOSS MATT AMES
THE VOICE OF NATIONAL RACING JAMES “Keyboard warriors must think twice”
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