CARLIN DRIV­ERS BRAWL AF­TER F4 COL­LI­SION

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Bri­tish F4 ti­tle con­tender Petru Florescu was ex­cluded from the Knock­hill meet­ing last week­end af­ter punch­ing his Carlin team-mate Devlin De­francesco.

The duo were stuck be­hind third-placed Jamie Caro­line in the sec­ond race in Scot­land and col­lided across the start­line on lap 16.

De­francesco made a slight mis­take com­ing out of the hair­pin, which al­lowed Florescu to get a run on him on the straight.

But De­francesco didn’t give him enough room and the pair tan­gled – spear­ing De­francesco heav­ily into the bar­ri­ers. Florescu then got out of his car and stormed over to the Cana­dian, be­fore punch­ing him.

Stew­ards de­cided to ex­clude Florescu from the whole meet­ing, mean­ing the Ro­ma­nian was stripped of his com­fort­able win in the first race. De­francesco was given a 10-place grid penalty for caus­ing the col­li­sion.

Cham­pi­onship pro­moter Sam Roach said: “We can­not al­low this sort of in­ci­dent to hap­pen and we have dealt with it firmly.”

Florescu de­clined to com­ment when asked by Motorsport News but De­francesco ad­mit­ted he was at fault for the crash.

“I don’t want to re­mem­ber it!” he said. “I made a lit­tle mis­take and didn’t give him quite enough room.”

When asked if he was sur­prised by Florescu’s re­ac­tion, De­francesco said: “I wasn’t ex­pect­ing it.”

Florescu’s ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions have taken a mas­sive hit from the ex­pul­sion. He went into the week­end with a four-point ad­van­tage at the top of the stand­ings but is now sixth and 30 points be­hind new leader Max Fewtrell.

De­francesco is now third in the points ta­ble, 18 be­hind team-mate Fewtrell, and also hit out at Caro­line’s de­fen­sive driv­ing be­fore the crash.

The Fortec driver had been given a 10-sec­ond penalty for a false start and was slow­ing up the rest of the field as the Carlin duo strug­gled to get past. He was also later handed a 10-place grid penalty for weav­ing.

“Jamie was weav­ing around too much and it’s now get­ting dan­ger­ous,” said De­francesco. “I don’t think he was given the right penalty – it should’ve been a driv­ethrough.”

Tyres De­francesco crashed heav­ily into Florescu (l) fights with De­francesco af­ter crash

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