Mcer­lean stripped of Pa­triot Stages win

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Ju­nior For­mula 1000 fron­trun­ner Josh Mcer­lean had his Pa­triot Stages vic­tory taken away after he failed a post-event scru­ti­neer­ing test.

Mcer­lean has won ev­ery round of the cham­pi­onship he has en­tered this year, but Mo­tor­sport News understands the is­sue sur­rounds the ECU on his Citroen C1. It means the driver has lost his win and falls to 11th in the stand­ings, 73 points be­hind Peter Ben­nett’s Skoda Cit­igo.

For­mula 1000 Rally Club chair­man Tris­tan Dodd said: “Tech­ni­cal checks ne­ces­si­tated that some parts were sent off, and those parts were deemed not to com­ply with the cham­pi­onship reg­u­la­tions. So the com­peti­tor has been ex­cluded from the re­sults of that event.”

Mcer­lean said: “We have car­ried out some re­search in the last cou­ple of days and come to the con­clu­sion there was zero per­for­mance gains to be had. There was a mi­nor tech­ni­cal glitch with the ECU. The com­po­nent wasn’t giv­ing us an ad­van­tage – the data shows as much. It sim­ply isn’t al­lowed un­der the reg­u­la­tions.

“The im­pact of be­ing dis­qual­i­fied has led to us los­ing the win at the Pa­triot Stages as well as the points we gained. As you would ex­pect the amount of time, ef­fort and of course money we have poured into the cham­pi­onship so far means that we are ex­tremely un­happy with this out­come.”

Mcer­lean has com­peted in the UK and Ire­land in 2016

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