MG APPEALS BTCC CENSURE
Triple Eight cars excluded after rear wing infringement
The Triple Eight Racing MG team was stripped of a 1-2 finish in the opening race of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone last weekend when its rear wing was found to be against the regulations.
The team has appealed the decision, which deemed that the tolerances on the rear wings of both winner Ash Sutton and second placed Josh Cook’s MG6 were in contravention of the regulations. The team has only appealed the exclusion of Cook’s machine.
The two cars were excluded and forced to start from the back of the grid in race two with the success ballast that they had accrued from their finishing positions – 75kg for Sutton and 66kg for Cook.
A statement issued by the team said: “Triple Eight wish to make it clear that at no stage have they sought to breach any competition regulation to gain an advantage on the track.
“[The rule] under which the two MGS were disqualified gave no performance benefit to Sutton or Cook whether in qualifying or in the race.”
The appeal will now be heard by the National Court at the Motor Sports Association at a date later this season.
If Cook is reinstated, it means that championship leader Sam Tordoff, who finished 11th in his WSR BMW, would be pushed back down the order by a place and would lose one point from his 11-point buffer at the top of the table.