OFFICIAL NEWS FROM TOCA
David Leslie, who finished second in yesterday's (Monday) round 20 of the Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship has been dropped down the results following a post-race time penalty imposed by Pierre Aumonier, TOCA's permanent Clerk of the Course.
The Honda driver was adjudged to have gained an unfair advantage when clashing with rival Michael Briggs (Vauxhall Cavalier) in a last lap battle for second position and subsequently was given a 10-second penalty which drops him down the official results. Leslie's demotion moves Patrick Watts up into second - his best ever BTCC result and equalling Peugeot's best ever BTCC finish - and Robb Gravett up to third, the first time a private entry Total Cup competitor has ever finished on the podium.
Honda - which had been savouring its best-yet BTCC placing - appealed against Leslie's time penalty but the Stewards of Meeting upheld the Clerk of the Course's decision. It is now expected that the Honda team may seek a further hearing on the matter through an RACMSA Tribunal.
AMENDED RESULTS 1995 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship, round 20 Snetterton, Norfolk, 28/8/95 18 laps -- 35.14 miles 1 Kelvin Burt (GB), Ford Mondeo, 23m 57.61s, 87.98mph; 2 Patrick Watts (GB), Peugeot 405, +20.68s; 3 Robb Gravett (GB), Ford Mondeo, +22.26s; 4 Gabriele Tarquini (I), Alfa Romeo, +24.89s; 5 Richard Kaye (GB), Ford Mondeo, +25.02s; 6 Tim Sugden (GB), Toyota Carina, +26.17s; 7 Mike Briggs (ZA), Vauxhall Cavalier, +28.28s; 8 David Leslie (GB), Honda Accord, +30.17s (incl. 10s penalty); 9 Paul Radisich (NZ), Ford Mondeo, +37.59s 10 Johnny Cecotto (Ven), BMW 318i, +49.00s
Revised Championship positions Drivers: 1 John Cleland, (GB) 294 points; 2 Rickard Rydell (Swe), 242; 3 Alain Menu (CH), 215; 4 Tim Harvey (GB), 163; 5 Will Hoy (GB), 135; 6 Radisich, 130; 7 James Thompson (GB), 124; 8 Burt, 102; 9 Julian Bailey (GB), 76; 10 Watts, 58 etc... Manufacturers: 1 Vauxhall, 342; 2 Volvo, 325; 3 Renault, 323; 4 Ford, 213; 5 Toyota, 150; 6 BMW, 131; 7 Peugeot, 112; 8 Alfa Romeo, 107; 9 Honda, 94.
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