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National Court: 6 December
1. Patrick Hogan – Appeal
2. Richard Coomber – Disciplinary

Patrick Hogan – Appeal
The Court chose to reserve judgement following an appeal by Formula Renault UK Championship competitor Patrick Hogan against the driving of rival Sebastian Hohenthal.

Hogan claimed that Hohenthal failed to follow correct driving procedures during the re-start after a safety car period in their final, title-deciding round at Silverstone on 15 October. This, said Hogan, gained Hohenthal an unfair advantage. Hohenthal and Hogan had ended the season tied on points but Hohenthal had been provisionally crowned champion because he had a greater number of wins, the Court also heard.

The Court considered technical data including throttle, brake and G-load traces, plus video footage and also heard evidence from Hohenthal`s Fortec Motorsport team principal Richard Dutton and one of its race engineers.

All parties will be informed of the Court`s decision in due course.

Richard Coomber – Disciplinary
The National Court suspended kart racer Richard Coomber from competition for two years and fined him £2,000 after he pleaded guilty to making a fraudulent application for an MSA International competition licence.

Under FIA jurisdiction, International licences may only be granted to applicants with no eyesight problems. Coomber, who is blind in one eye, stated on his application form that his eyesight was fine. He also provided a false date of birth and admitted that a third party had taken his medical examination for him and falsified his signature on the application form.

Court Chairman Tony Scott-Andrews told Coomber. “There is nothing else you could have done on that form to mislead the MSA.” Coomber`s actions were a “deliberate attempt of deception” added Mr Scott-Andrews.

Coomber was also ordered to pay £500 in costs.


Release MSA06-064: 8 December 2006