Gor­nall: Ex­clu­sion and lost ti­tle “a les­son to all club rac­ers”

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Ex­cluded Com­pact Cup cham­pion James Gor­nall has said he hopes the de­ci­sion to strip him of last year’s ti­tle fol­low­ing post-sea­son scru­ti­neer­ing will act as a warn­ing to other club rac­ers.

The 2008 Bri­tish GT cham­pion was thrown out of the cham­pi­onship af­ter scru­ti­neers found his crank­shaft was non­com­pli­ant and an ap­peal at the Na­tional Court ear­lier this month was un­suc­cess­ful.

In a state­ment, Gor­nall said: “We hope our ex­pe­ri­ence will be a les­son to all club rac­ers to check and dou­ble-check your equip­ment. Af­ter so much hard work, to lose a cham­pi­onship in this way is galling.

“Had we not gen­uinely be­lieved we were not at fault in us­ing a crank­shaft which has been pre­vi­ously ap­proved, we would not have used that com­po­nent nor have gone to the trou­ble and con­sid­er­able ex­pense of ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion.

“It is right the cham­pi­onship is po­liced in the cor­rect and proper way. We, through no fault of our own, sim­ply a mis­guided be­lief that all was OK, have fallen foul of the process in place to pro­tect us.”

Steven Dailly has now been con­firmed as last sea­son’s cham­pion fol­low­ing Gor­nall’s ex­clu­sion.

“It’s big news, we were not ex­pect­ing it,” said Dailly, who dom­i­nated the Scot­tish Com­pact Cup in 2015 by win­ning ev­ery race. “I’ve got a bit mixed feel­ings about it all. I’ve waited three months af­ter the cham­pi­onship to find out I’m cham­pion. It’s a lot to take in.”

Gor­nall (l) had ti­tle stripped

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