News from the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship 29/4/96
Biela back on top
Following Audi's successful appeal against the penalties imposed at Brands Hatch, Frank Biela is reinstated as leader of the Auto Trader RAC Touring Car Championship. Audi also regains the lead in the manufacturers' championship.
Biela had been excluded from the results of round four at Brands Hatch following the protest from Vauxhall over the front suspension fitted to the pace-setting A4. Vauxhall's protest was upheld by officials at the race track, excluding both Biela and Audi from the results of round four and penalising them the mandatory two maximum scores (a total of 30 points).
Audi appealed this decision and today presented further written evidence from the FIA in Paris to an RACMSA Technical Tribunal; this crucial evidence which proved the A4 to be legal was not originally available at Brands Hatch. As a result, Biela and Audi are reinstated in the results of round four - where Biela finished fourth, gaining eight points - and the 30-point penalty is withdrawn.
As the BTCC teams head to Thruxton, where rounds five and six take place on Monday (May 6), the revised Auto Trader championship points are as follows: Drivers: 1 Frank Biela, 54; 2 Alain Menu, 5; =3 Jo Winkelhock & Rickard Rydell, 29; 5 Will Hoy, 24. Manufacturers: 1 Audi, 53; 2 Renault, 48; 3 Volvo, 38; 4 BMW, 37; 5 Vauxhall, 27; =6 Ford & Peugeot, 16; 8 Honda, 14.
-- Official BTCC website: Best in British Motor Sport http://www.demon.co.uk/racing