F3000 and former F1 driver Thomas Enge has been demoted to second in this year's F3000 championship after winning the title at Monza in September. Enge failed a drug test after the Hungarian round of the championship, which he won, but was allowed to compete at Monza when his team, Arden International, appealed.
He won the title in Italy but now the World Motor Sports Council has decided he will be excluded from the Hungarian results. This demotes him to second and Super Nova's Sebastian Bourdais to being the new champion.
A statement from the Motor Sport Council released today confirmed that Enge would also have his license suspended but the penalty itself would be held back providing Enge did not fail any further drug tests in the next twelve months. The statement read:
"Having studied the medical reports regarding the positive 'A' and 'B' anti-doping tests for Formula 3000 driver Tomas Enge, and having heard the submissions from the parties concerned, the World Motor Sport Council decided that : i) Tomas Enge will be excluded from the results of the 2002 Hungarian F3000 race; ii) Tomas Enge's licence will be suspended for 12 months. However, the licence suspension will be suspended on condition that Mr Enge tests negative in random dope tests to be conducted over the next 12 months. The times and locations of these tests will be decided by the FIA."
Enge denied taking any illegal substance, which its claimed was cannabis, but the Council decision is final. Enge raced for Prost in Formula One last year after Luciano Burti has to sit out the season following a heavy crash at Spa.