BTCC reveals new penalty move

A three strike rule is put in place for the 2013 BTCC season
Organisers of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship have announced a new penalty that will be introduced for unruly on-track behaviour during the 2013 season.

In an effort to improve driving standards, series bosses have revealed that any driver who picks up three penalties for on-track driving offences, from a verbal warning upwards, will then be given an automatic six place grid penalty.

That penalty must be served at the first available race, with the grid drop being re-applied if a driver picks up three further penalties as the season goes on.

The announcement comes on the back of a season featuring a number of controversial clashes on track, including a collision between Mat Jackson and Dan Welch at Oulton Park, title rivals Matt Neal and Jason Plato clashing at Snetterton and Plato tangling with Aron Smith at Knockhill.

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whitew - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:50 PM

I'm sure that Plato will avoid punishment as usual. He bullies people in nearly every race and avoids punishment while saying others should be banned.

MeymacTony - Unregistered

November 16, 2012 6:33 PM

A step in the right direction but not far enough. I am old enough to remember when drivers acted correctly - an illustration being Soper and Rouse completing a lap of the Brands GP circuit side by side without touching - perhaps a very slight one going onto the GP section but definitely a light touch - a pal and I agreed a few months ago the only way to stamp out bad driving would be to exclude anyone guilty of "bully boy" tactics from the next two races - that would focus the mind. If people wish to see crash bang wallop - watch Stock Cars

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