MG AP­PEALS BTCC CEN­SURE

Triple Eight cars ex­cluded af­ter rear wing in­fringe­ment

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Matt James

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.

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