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CASE No J2010/20 Stephen Johnson

A National Court Eligibility Appeal Panel was convened on 23rd September 2010 at Countesthorpe Village Hall, Countesthorpe, Leicester to hear the Appeal of Stephen Johnson against his exclusion from starting the Richard Burns Memorial Rally on the 14th/15th August 2010.


After due consideration the National Court finds that the roll cage (ROPS) fitted to the car of competitor 135, Stephen Johnson at the Richard Burns Memorial Rally at Marham on 14th/15th August 2010 clearly does not comply with K1.3.1 in as much as there is more than one bend in the lower vertical part.  The National Court referred to the 2004 Blue Book, at which time the car was duly logbooked, in which Q1.2.1 clearly confirmed that only one bend on the lower vertical front leg is permitted, it was also noted that this regulation is still fully stated in the 2010 Blue Book as Regulation K1.3.1.  Such bends are not permitted in an uncertified ROPS structure.


The National Court recommends to the MSA that an urgent review of the regulations applicable to ROPS structures be carried out and that the findings be published to all competitors and officials as a matter of urgency.


The decision of the National Court is to return the Appeal fee to Mr Johnson forthwith.  No order as to costs is made.


This decision was set down at 13.30 hours on Thursday 23rd September 2010.