Race Two Penalties Galore Gift Richards Podium

Will Burns Rockingham 2013

The result of the second Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge race at Rockingham was hit by a flurry of post-race penalties dished out to numerous drivers, although Will Burns remained the race winner.

Burns had cruised to a win of over 10 seconds ahead of his Academy Motorsport team-mate Oliver Basey-Fisher, the latter finishing second despite a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits.

However, it later transpired that Basey-Fisher had done so too excessively for the race stewards’ liking, and he was later excluded from the race two results as well as being handed penalty points to compound an already forgettable weekend for the former Ginetta Junior racer. Whether an appeal is applicable for the squad currently remains unknown.

Further alterations occurred related to the race start, of which it appeared that many of the front-running cars were creeping slightly on the grid before the starting lights went out. This speculation turned out to be resoundingly correct, as five drivers including Burns, Luke Davenport (third place), Brad Bailey (fifth place), David Pittard (seventh place) and Total Control Racing‘s Neil Delargy (11th place) were all given 10-second time penalites to their race results.

Burns kept his victory on times by just over four seconds, but the biggest winner proved to be Clive Richards, the fourth place finisher leaping up to second with the penalities applied to those around him, Davenport remaining third.

The result also affects the race three grid, Richards moving up to second while Basey-Fisher drops to last after his exclusion.