‘JJ’ Clio plans halted af­ter test faux pas

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Gary James

James ‘JJ’ Ross has cancelled plans to con­test the fi­nal two rounds of the Clio Cup sea­son af­ter a vi­o­la­tion of test­ing rules meant he would not be al­lowed to con­test the sea­son fi­nale at Brands Hatch.

The 2015 BRSCC Fi­esta cham­pion Ross had in­tended to con­test the fi­nal two rounds of the Clio Cup sea­son at Sil­ver­stone and Brands Hatch, hav­ing bought a car in Janaury.

But he com­peted on the Brands GP loop ear­lier in the year in the Clio, rac­ing in the Bri­tish Gt-sup­port­ing Quaife Saloons cham­pi­onship, con­tra­dict­ing Clio test­ing re­stric­tions. That means he is in­el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in the fi­nale at Brands Hatch.

“We talked about it, and ba­si­cally we can only do the one round,” said Bob Ross, JJ’S fa­ther. “Be­cause we’ve been to Brands Hatch be­fore, they won’t let us do Brands.

“We went there and did a Quaife Saloons race just to get a bit of ex­pe­ri­ence. But ap­par­ently be­cause it’s a cur­rent-spec car, we can’t race.

“My un­der­stand­ing was that un­til you’re in the cham­pi­onship, you’re not reg­is­tered. But Will [Fewkes, Clio Cup or­gan­iser] said that’s not the case. I don’t think it [Sil­ver­stone] will hap­pen now.”

Clio Cup reg­u­la­tions dic­tate a strict con­trol on in-sea­son test­ing, with Ross’s Brands Hatch out­ing qual­i­fy­ing as a con­tra­dic­tion of that.

Re­stric­tions for the 2016 sea­son be­gan on Sun­day March 27, and will run un­til a day af­ter the con­clu­sion of the cam­paign. ● James Col­burn will re­turn to the Clio Cup for the fi­nal two rounds of the sea­son with PP Mo­tor­sport. The 2011 run­ner-up’s ad­di­ton brings the Sil­ver­stone en­try up to 22 cars.

Bri­tish: Su­perkarts Cad­well Park Or­gan­iser: Auto 66 Club When: Septem­ber 11 Where: Cad­well Park, Lin­colnshire

Jack Lay­ton lifted his sec­ond Su­perkart ti­tle in as many weeks when he se­cured the English Cham­pi­onship for the F250 Na­tional class at a very wet Cad­well Park.

Start­ing from the sec­ond row of the grid, he had to play sec­ond fid­dle to his Parker Mo­tor­sport team-mate Tom Hat­field, who was the class win­ner in both races. By virtue of the two wins Hat­field ac­cu­mu­lated enough points to fin­ish sec­ond in the table and to com­plete a clean sweep for the team.

Adam Edge­combe was third in the series de­spite a spin in race two. The ex­pected chal­lenge from Andy Bird didn’t ma­te­ri­alise when he spun off at Park Cor­ner on the open­ing lap in race one in ap­palling con­di­tions.

The race was then red flagged due to a stranded kart. How­ever, Bird was not al­lowed to take the restart as he was not un­der power when the race was stopped.

In the F450 Na­tional four-stroke class, Andy Gul­li­ford was in su­perb form, mas­ter­ing the wet track. He was the run­away win­ner on the road in both races and had lit­tle op­po­si­tion when his class ri­val Andy Waite spun on the open­ing lap of the open­ing en­counter. Gul­li­ford’s two wins plus the points from Cas­tle Combe last month se­cured the E plate for him.

The Divi­sion 1 twin-cylin­der cham­pi­onship went the way of Danny Chan. Nathan Bar­ton was the class win­ner in both races but as he hadn’t com­peted in the ear­lier rounds he could not over­haul Chan in the stand­ings.

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