Silverstone: Team Aon receives restrictor penalty

TEAM AON HIT WITH RESTRICTOR PENALTY Following Team Aon's fantastic qualifying performance at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire today, where Tom Onslow-Cole and Tom Chilton secured the front row of the grid for the first time in the ...

TEAM AON HIT WITH RESTRICTOR PENALTY

Following Team Aon's fantastic qualifying performance at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire today, where Tom Onslow-Cole and Tom Chilton secured the front row of the grid for the first time in the teams history, the series organisers TOCA have opted to restrict the performance of the two LPG-powered Ford Focus cars.

A post qualifying bulletin was issued to all of the teams, informing them that the two Team Aon cars will need to fit smaller 35mm turbo inlet restrictors, as well as their boost pressure being reduced in advance of tomorrows three races. This latest regulation amendment comes just two weeks after the team were hit with a similar penalty at the Snetterton round of the series.

Despite the obvious disappointment of seeing his two cars pegged back yet again, Mike Earle, Team Principal of the Aon backed squad remained positive, saying:

"Tonight's regulation amendment, will obviously severely hamper our two cars progress. However, given the disparity between our qualifying performance today and the rest of the field and bearing in mind the fact that we are still on a learning curve with the Calor powered car, I fully understand TOCA's view point.

We'll take it on the chin and continue to do the best job we can and should these new restrictions impede our cars performance as severely as we believe they will, then hopefully TOCA will look at reversing some of their decisions."

Despite this decision, the two Team Aon cars will still start the first of tomorrow's three races from the front of the grid, the first all Ford's front row for a decade.

-source: team aon

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Series BTCC
Drivers Tom Chilton , Tom Onslow-Cole