Following careful consideration, having taken advice from both professional parties and sponsor partners, Triple Eight Racing has today taken the decision to withdraw its appeal against the one race ban handed down following the incident in Race Three at Rockingham, the penalty (not the reasoning) for which was upheld during the BTCC Steward’s hearing on Friday.
Whilst Triple Eight remain disappointed with the ultimate outcome, namely, that although the hearing fully vindicated Josh Cook in terms of accepting that there was no intent, rather that the penalised loss of control was the result of an issue with the race engineered MG6, the competition regulation Q14.4.4 provides no alternative but to apportion responsibility to the driver.
As a result of this, Josh Cook will now not compete in Round 25 of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship and looks forward to two successful races to conclude this weekend’s meeting.
Team Manager, Mick Sergeant said:
“This difficult decision to acquiesce has been taken to protect the integrity of the championship as Triple Eight recognise that any uncertainty over the ratification of race results at this crucial time of the season can be detrimental to drivers, sponsors and our colleagues in competing teams.”