MG withdraws appeal against Cook exclusion

Triple Eight has withdrawn its appeal of Josh Cook's exclusion from the opening race of the penultimate meeting of the BTCC season at Silverstone.

Cook had followed teammate Ash Sutton home in a 1-2 finish for MG, only for both drivers to then be excluded from the results as a result of separate technical infringements on the rear wing.

The team took the decision to appeal against Cook's exclusion, which was based on his rear wing being mounted outside the permitted tolerances, with the team insisting it had not attempted to gain an unfair advantage and TOCA acknowledging it was nothing more than an oversight from the team.

However, with the season now at an end, a statement from the team has confirmed that the appeal has been withdrawn, with an 'examination of current and historical evidence' leading to the decision to look forwards and to accept the penalty handed down.

It confirms Cook finishes the season 12th in the points, one place ahead of Sutton. It does not affect the outcome of the title battle, won by Gordon Shedden, as the Scotsman failed to score in the first Silverstone race.

Matt Salisbury / TouringCarTimes

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Series BTCC
Event Silverstone
Track Silverstone
Drivers Josh Cook
Teams Triple Eight Racing
Article type Breaking news