Croft Circuit: Drivers receive mealy of Croft penalties

Five BTCC champions penalised after a highly charged Croft weekend.
No less than five former and current BTCC champions all received post-race penalties following a bruising Croft weekend.

After a relatively tame Oulton Park round, in terms of on track incidents by touring car standards, the BTCC hit back this weekend with a series of three scintillating Croft races, each, however, dogged by over exuberant contact in one way or another.

Reigning champion Andrew Jordan was the first to come under fire after his Pirtek Civic made contact with Matt Neal's factory Honda turning the Civic Tourer sideways on the exit of turn 2 – a one-second penalty was issued.

Also in race one, Fabrizio Giovanardi was ordered to start race two from the back along with receiving three-penalty points on his license and a £500 fine for nerfing Aron Smith's VW out of the way – his Airwaves squad successfully appealed the decision and Giovanardi will take the penalty at Snetterton's first race.

Moving onto race two, Neal was excluded from the final results and lost his podium following his Honda failing the mandatory post race ride-height checks while MG's Jason Plato was given a race three ten-place grid penalty for his contact with Alain Menu, which sent the Swiss into a violent race ending shunt at Clervaux corner.

Finally, another four penalties were dished following the race three shenanigans in which Jordan, under the threat of receiving three penalty points and a ten-place grid penalty, carries an appeal forward to Snetterton in a month's time.

The Pirtek driver looked to have sent race leader Giovanardi into a spectacular high-speed race ending spin resulting in the Airwaves driver ripping a large proportion of his front aero-package off after hitting the tyre stack at Barcroft.

His Pirtek teammate Martin Depper also faced a steward's inquiry and was duly handed a three-second penalty for encouraging the MG of Sam Tordoff off the road.

Honda's Gordon Shedden lost his race three podium as a result from his panel-barging battle with Mat Jackson. Jackson was promoted to final step of rostrum thanks to Shedden's four-second penalty.

WSR's Rob Collard was also guilty of making a 'tap to pass' on Jack Goff and carries a five-grid place penalty into Snetterton.

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June 30, 2014 12:02 PM

Why does Collard keep his position and the penalty is carried forward for a tap and pass,but Shedden gets a 4 second penalty for nudge to pass Jackson? Not sure how Jordan thinks he will get away with pushing Gio.


July 01, 2014 1:44 AM

They ought to fit "real time" parking sensors all round each car and tie it up with the car telemetry inc throttle, steering and brake position and beam that to the organisers. That would certainly give all the info they need!!

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