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Silverstone WSS: Yakhnich protest against Sofuoglu thrown out

Yakhnich Motorsport submit a protest against Kenan Sofuoglu after his last lap clash with Sam Lowes, but race direction deems no action necessary.
Race direction has confirmed the World Supersport Championship result will stand after Yakhnich Motorsport submitted a protest against Sam Lowes's title rival Kenan Sofuoglu for 'irregular riding'.

Sofuoglu and Lowes were involved in last lap fracas at Silverstone after the latter overtook his rival at the beginning of the Arena complex, before Sofuoglu responded with a lunge of his own through the tight left hander leading onto the back straight.

Ensuing contact would subsequently see Lowes fall from his bike, while Sofuoglu stayed upright to continue on to his third win of the season. Though Lowes would remount in time to finish in second place, Sofuoglu has reduced Lowes's lead in the standings to 29 points.

As a result, Yakhnich submitted a protest against Sofuoglu for his move on Lowes, but after reviewing video footage from the incident, race direction decided against any sanctions.

"The Stewards Panel decided not to uphold the appeal following a review of the video evidence. The Steards confirmed the decision of Race Direction"

UPDATE: Fan footage of the incident can be seen below...



Tagged as: lowes , Sofuoglu

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DennisKwok

August 04, 2013 9:43 PM

It was a very tough move, no doubt about that. But, Kenan has history of doing this kind of thing. Sam should have been aware of that and ran a defensive line into the tight left hander and parked it on the apex to fire out of it down the Wellington Straight. I don't see how Kenan's move was any worse than Marquez on Lorezo or Rossi on Gibernau at Jerez. Although Kenan's protest that Sam ran him out wide at the preceeding corner was a bit daft and spoke volumes that Kenan knew his move was borderline.



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