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National Court: 7 November 2006
1. Christopher Shaw - Further Penalty
2. Knighton Motor Club - Inquiry
3. Sam Edwards - Appeal
4. ‘Rossi` – Appeal

Christopher Shaw – Further Penalty
The Court suspended Rotax kart participant Christopher Shaw`s competition licence for two years after it considered his actions in a race at the Wombwell circuit on 10 September amounted to "dangerous driving".

Shaw`s kart made contact with that of another driver and both retired from the race. Shaw, aged 16, claimed he had wanted to slow down the other driver whom he blamed for an earlier altercation, but a misjudgement on his part caused their karts to collide.

But the Court rejected this, saying Shaw`s actions had been "blatant" and "disgraceful in the extreme". They amounted to "a serious case of dangerous driving". "The consequences could have been fatal," said the Court.

Shaw`s licence had already been suspended for 30 days by officials at Wombwell. However, the Court, on referral, increased that suspension to two years – the second year of which is suspended.

The Court also set costs at £250.

Knighton Motor Club – Inquiry
The National Court convened an Inquiry to look into allegations that the Pacemeker Rally had contravened regulations.

The Court heard that time controls on Knighton MC`s Pacemaker Rally, held on 15-16 September, did not follow the route approved by the MSA.

The club admitted it had made alterations to the route, but failed to notify the authorities. It apologised for its mistakes and accepted that the club`s small membership had led to difficulties in organising the event. The club stressed that this was the first such error in almost 30 years since the club`s formation and said that its members had subsequently held several meetings to consider how to improve the situation.

The Court was impressed by the club`s total acceptance of responsibility and felt that a two-year suspension – suspended for 12 months – was an appropriate course of action. In addition the 2007 rally will be observed by an MSA-appointed official.

No financial penalties or costs were ordered to be paid, although the Club will be responsible for the Observer`s expenses.

Sam Edwards – Appeal
The Court overturned the decision to deduct two maximum scores from driver Sam Edwards` points tally for a technical infringement on his car at Brands Hatch on 24 September.

Post-race checks found the front suspension of Edwards` car to be illegal. The Court upheld the decision to exclude him from the results, but felt the infringement was not serious enough to warrant the further punishment of a deduction of two maximum scores.

Edwards` appeal fee was refunded and no costs were set.

Rossi – Appeal
The Court reinstated the BARC Formula Renault Championship driver known as ‘Rossi` in the results of a race at Thruxton on 16 September after he had been excluded for a technical infringement.

Another Competitor had protested the gear ratios on Rossi`s car.

The Court noted that the gear ratios complied with the regulations and having examined the gears that the gears were recognisable as original parts and that dimensionally they conformed, except for accepted wear and tear. Further it was considered that any question over surface finish should have been noticed and if necessary the gears replaced when Renault Sport completed the rebuild in early 2006.

The appeal by Rossi was therefore upheld, with the appeal fee retained as a contribution towards costs.

Release MSA06-056: 13 November 2006