MG's Josh Cook has been handed a one race ban for the upcoming Silverstone British Touring Car Championship meeting after getting a fourth penalty strike in race three at Rockingham.

The Triple Eight Racing driver had taken a season best finish of fourth in race one but went on to receive a total of three penalty points throughout the following two races.

Cook was given two penalty points in race two after making contact with Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson whilst the pair battled for second position. The MG driver subsequently retired from that race having made further contact with Honda's Matt Neal, which promoted Jackson back into second.

The 26-year old was then given a fourth penalty strike in race three after running into the back of Stephen Jelley's Ford Focus at the Deene hairpin, for which Cook received three-points on his license and a £500 fine.

As such, Cook faces a one race ban in accordance to the championship regulations, which would rule him out of the first of three Silverstone races.

MG have appealed the decision and Cook's case will be heard on the Friday (15th) before the Silverstone meeting in just under three weeks' time.

In any case, should Cook's appeal fall through, the 26-year old will be the first driver to be banned from a race since Phil Bennett in 2001.




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