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National Court: 1 August 2006
2006-08 - C Lewis - Appeal

The Court overturned a race stewards` decision to exclude driver Chris Lewis from first position in a 750 Motor Club Formula 4 race at Cadwell Park on 25 June.

Rival driver Damon Bland had protested against the eligibility of Lewis`s car. Bland then appealed to the Stewards against the Clerk of the Course`s decision to take no action. The Stewards had excluded Lewis from the results.

However, it was found by the Court that during the initial protest by Bland no additional technical examination of the vehicle - mandatory in the regulations - was carried out.

The Court reinstated Lewis in the results and returned his appeal fee.

2006-12 - P Dempsey - Assault

The Court ordered UK Formula Ford (Duratec) driver Peter Dempsey to serve the remainder of a 30-day suspension from UK competition, imposed on him for assaulting a rival driver, Nick Tandy.

The Court heard that Dempsey struck Tandy in the face with a trophy he had just collected at a prize giving ceremony at Brands Hatch on 23 July. This followed several on-track incidents, including a collision at Brands Hatch.

Irishman Dempsey, aged 20, claimed that he had not sought confrontation and that Tandy had uttered a racial remark at him as he walked past. This led to him pushing the trophy at Tandy and by accident this had caught Tandy in the face.

The matter had been referred to the Court to discuss any additional penalty. It was confirmed that Dempsey`s suspension is for National and not International Events.

However, the Court stated that Dempsey had, in effect, still "used his trophy as a weapon" and that an assault on a fellow driver cannot be tolerated.

It ordered him to serve the remainder of his suspension that ends on 22 August, meaning he will miss the next two rounds of the Formula Ford championship, and to pay £500 costs. Dempsey also received an additional three-month suspension - suspended pending his future behaviour, although this would not be effected by any driving offences.

2006-09 - HBR Motorsport GMbH - Appeal

The Court reinstated driver Richard Antinucci to third place in the results of the first of two Euroseries Formula 3 rounds at Brands Hatch on 1-2 July.

Antinucci had raced under appeal after being excluded from the qualifying session when scrutineering checks found both he and his car to be under the minimum weight of 550kgs as specified in the championship`s regulations. Combined, he and his car had weighed 549.4kgs.

In addition, the scrutineers had been unable to extract the required 1kg of fuel from his car`s fuel tank. They could only extract 915 grams.

However, HBR successfully appealed, claiming the driver weighing scales did not have a calibration certificate and figures given did not match the team`s own calculations. HBR also successfully argued that the surface on which the car was put for fuel extraction was uneven, meaning this process had been compromised. It said it had later been able to extract a further 110 grams of fuel.

2006-06 - C Stirling - Appeal

The Court upheld the exclusion of driver Carl Stirling from a Mini Max kart race at an Ulster Kart Club meeting at Nutts Corner on 10 June.

Stirling was excluded for running an ineligible silencer on his kart`s Rotax engine, which had interior wadding, not as supplied by Rotax and additional material had been added contravening the regulation.

Stirling appealed but the Court rejected this. He was ordered to pay £200 costs and the appeal fee was forfeit.

Release MSA06-039: Monday 6 August 2006
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