Optimum Motorsport’s Snetterton Appeal Upheld

by Jean-Paul Hackett
Flick Haigh / Jonny Adam Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage V12 Vantage GT3 | Jakob Ebrey Photography

The result of this season’s first British GT Championship race at Snetterton on 27 May has been officially confirmed following the conclusion of Optimum Motorsport’s appeal last week (4 September).

The team’s #75 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, driven by Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam, originally finished fourth overall but dropped to ninth in the provisional classification after contact with Beechdean AMR’s Aston Martin resulted in a post-race drive-through penalty, which was converted to a 30-second time penalty.

The penalty has now been overturned following Optimum’s successful appeal.

The additional 10 points earned for finishing fourth has seen Haigh and Adam’s championship lead increase to 27.5 points with one round remaining.

Following a previous decision by the MSA National Court of Appeal and a subsequent MSA Investigatory Hearing on the interpretation of regulation C2.1.6, Optimum Motorsport was allowed to appeal the decision of the Clerk of the Course to impose a penalty. That appeal to a panel of stewards has been upheld with the conclusion that it was a racing incident and no penalty should be applied.

The MSA has subsequently amended the regulation to clarify that the decision to impose a stop/go or drive-through penalty cannot be appealed. That decision was active from July 2018 following the MSA National Council ruling in June 2018.

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