DTC: Final standings await appeals process

The final championship positions has to await the outcome of three appeals Immediately after Sunday's final for the 2000 Danish Touringcar Challenge at the Jyllands-Ring McDonald's Nissan driver John Nielsen was given a 25 second penalty for ...

The final championship positions has to await the outcome of three appeals

Immediately after Sunday's final for the 2000 Danish Touringcar Challenge at the Jyllands-Ring McDonald's Nissan driver John Nielsen was given a 25 second penalty for having passed Pierre Legarth under yellows on the last lap. However, Legarth himself has now also been handed a 25 second penalty for having driven into Super John's Primera just a few seconds later.

This decision was made late on Monday night by the jury of the meeting, and the reason for the ruling having come so late was the fact that John Nielsen did not lodge his protest against Pierre Legarth until on Sunday evening, as he took part in the traditional season-closing endurance race. Pierre Legarth then had to be questioned by telephone, while the jury also wanted to watch video tapes of the episode thoroughly. The 25 second penalty means that Pierre Legarth slips down from second to tenth place in the final of round 8.

The top three positions of this year's Danish Touringcar Challenge are unchanged by the whole affair, however, as Peugeot 306 driver Michael Carlsen still take the title from John Nielsen and Volkswagen Golf driver Michael Schroter. In contrast Legarth has had to hand over fourth overall to outgoing champion Jesper Sylvest, whose fifth Legarth has inherited. The ranking in the constructor's championship has not been affected by all this.

The results of round eight and the championship do still remain provisional, however, as the court of appeal of Dansk Automobil Sports Union has three appeals to deal with. John Nielsen and Pierre Legarth have both appealed their 25 second penalties, while Klaus Madsen has appealed his exclusion from timed practice, where his Team Brask Peugeot was found to be underweight.

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Drivers John Nielsen