Rothery Excluded after Race Four Rage

by Nick Smith

Steve Rothery, the driver of the #29 Foden Alpha from class 2, has been excluded from the results of four British Truck Racing Association races and barred from racing in the fifth after an incident at Donington Park. The stewards of the meeting were called upon to investigate, ‘a case of alleged assault reported by the clerk of the course’ according to the decision released barring Rothery from competing.

The fourth of five BTRA races at Donington Park this weekend saw Rothery and Adam Bint collide at Goddards chicane while dueling in class 2 of the two class racing series. It is understood that the Foden was spun around by the contact while Adam Bint continued on. Judging by the damage to the #5 Volvo White driven by Bint, the contact would have been Bint’s fault. Damage included bent and missing bodywork to the left hand front wheel arch of the bonneted tractor unit.

Following the race, in which both Bint and Rothery placed well down the order, Rothery apparently continued the on track altercation in the paddock. Eyewitness reports say the driver of the #29 struck Adam Bint during an argument which progressed from parc ferme to race control through the paddock.

The stewards heard evidence from two parc ferme marshals, the driver of the #70 Volvo White Brian Burt, one of Rothery’s mechanics and the two involved drivers.

The stewards found that Rothery did assault Bint and leveled the penalty of exclusion from the meeting. Additionally, the stewards suspended Rothery’s racing license for 30 days which will prevent him from taking part in the fifth meeting of the seven weekend championship at Snetterton. Rothery was reminded of his right to appeal the decision of the stewards though no indication has been given as to his intentions.

Neither driver was available for comment at the time the news was announced.

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