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Snetterton BTCC: Turkington picks up grid penalty for Neal punt

BTCC leader Colin Turkington is handed a grid penalty for Knockhill after he is judged to be at fault in his clash with Matt Neal.
British Touring Car Championship leader Colin Turkington will be given an eight place grid penalty for the next round at Knockhill after making contact with Matt Neal in the third race of the day at Snetterton.

Two seconds and a third place finish around the Norfolk circuit saw Turkington extend his advantage at the head of the standings to 23 points over Gordon Shedden, but he earned the wrath of the stewards when he was judged to be at fault in his clash with Neal in the final race.

As such, Turkington will start eight positions lower than where he qualifies next time out at Knockhill, while the eBay Motors BMW driver also had three points added to his licence.

Turkington was one of several drivers to be handed penalties and reprimands after Snetterton's three races, with team-mate Rob Collard forced to start at the back of the grid in Knockhill after he was judged to have overtaken Simon Belcher under yellow flags. A third offence of the year, Collard also has three points deducted from the points' tally.

Sam Tordoff and Dave Newsham also picked up reprimands for incidents, while Glynn Geddie and Marc Hynes were handed verbal warnings for overtaking under the safety car.

In addition, Welch Motorsport have been docked 30 points for using three more engines more than the allotted amount this year already, while Aiden Moffatt and BTC Racing lose 10 points for the same infraction.


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EmmBee1964

August 04, 2014 2:20 PM

I am suspicious of any incident involving MN. This is great news for his team mate!! CT is not known as a dirty driver like MN or JP and he said that MN braked early (possibly to avoid something else). Is this one of those decisions made to close things up? rather than give him the punishment as described above? GS is at his home track next!!

whitew

August 04, 2014 9:49 AM

Stewards are inconsistent. He should have been given a 10 second penalty and lost some points. Jordan and Collard got that grid penalties last tiem out, but Shedden was given a time penalty



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