Mcerlean stripped of Patriot Stages win
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