LET­TERS Penalty kick

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I have just seen that Triple Eight Rac­ing is ap­peal­ing against Josh Cook’s ex­clu­sion from the open­ing Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship race at Sil­ver­stone ( MN, Septem­ber 21).

That made me think that there’s po­ten­tially a prob­lem with the cur­rent reg­u­la­tions where the re­sults of one race have a di­rect ef­fect on the next.

If, for ex­am­ple, this ap­peal was suc­cess­ful I pre­sume Cook’s re­sult would be re­in­stated (po­ten­tially a race win here).

How­ever, given that due to this ex­clu­sion on the day, he had to start race two at the back (with bal­last) rather than the front row. This penalty in re­al­ity com­pletely wipes out his day.

On this oc­ca­sion the driver isn’t re­ally go­ing for the cham­pi­onship but if it had been, for ex­am­ple, Gor­don Shedden or Sam Tord­off and the same penalty was ap­plied and sub­se­quently suc­cess­fully ap­pealed, the out­come of the cham­pi­onship could be mas­sive, es­pe­cially when it’s so tight be­tween the lead­ers.

Is it time for each race to stand alone? With any penal­ties ap­ply­ing only to the race in ques­tion rather than hav­ing a po­ten­tial day-end­ing knock-on ef­fect?

Blanc­pain Sprint Se­ries: Barcelona

■ Race: Sun­day, 08000900hrs, BT Sport 2

Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship: Brands Hatch

■ The day’s ac­tion: Sun­day, 1015-1830hrs, ITV4

Septem­ber 21

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