Triple Eight Racing BTCC
MG RACING RCIB Insurance Statement
Following the team's excellent performance in Round 25 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, resulting in a race win for driver number 116, Ashley Sutton and a second placed finish for number 66, Josh Cook, the two MG6 vehicles underwent scrutineering checks and were deemed to not conform to one of the technical specifications laid down within the Championship regulations. As such both drivers were disqualified from Round 25 and demoted to begin Round 26 from the back of the grid whilst retaining the success ballast from their original finishing positions.
On behalf of MG Motor, the drivers and other sponsor partners, Triple Eight Racing have lodged an appeal against the stewards decision reached today at the Silverstone circuit, which will be held at a future date as yet to be confirmed.
Triple Eight wish to make it completely clear that at no stage have they intentionally sought to breach any competition regulation to gain an advantage on the track. They further note that the technicality under which the two MG's were disqualified, gave no performance benefit to either Ashley Sutton or Josh Cook whether in Saturday's qualifying session or in the opening race. This was clearly demonstrated in Round 27, where the two drivers again posted the fastest laps, despite the increased traffic, when operating under the same weight conditions as were in place in Round 25.
Until such time as the appeal process has reached its conclusion, we will not be making any further comment on this matter.