|The Court has dismissed an appeal by Formula Renault UK Championship competitor Patrick Hogan against the driving of his title rival Sebastian Hohenthal.
Hogan claimed that Hohenthal failed to follow correct procedures during a re-start following a Safety Car period in their final round at Silverstone on 15 October. Hohenthal`s victory had provisionally meant he was Champion as now he had more race wins than Hogan after they had tied on points.
But in its findings, the Court stated that Hogan had behaved in a similar fashion during a safety car period in the penultimate round held the previous day.
Court Chairman Tony Scott-Andrews commented: “It was singularly unattractive for one competitor to protest another for actions which differed not from his own.” Mr Scott-Andrews added: “Hohenthal`s own actions had not impacted unfairly on Hogan.”
The Court viewed video evidence and technical data, including throttle, brake and G-load traces and heard from Hohenthal`s Fortec Motorsport team principal Richard Dutton.
Hogan was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and his appeal fee was forfeit.