Gordon Shedden, Dan Welch and Chris James were given endorsements on their licences after incidents today at Knockhill.
Honda Racing Team driver Gordon Shedden was given a two point endorsement for the contact at the end of race one with Motorbase’s Aron Smith at the hairpin, which allowed Shedden to out-drag Smith on the straight and snatch third place, but the result remains the same.
“In my opinion, if he hadn’t made contact with me, he wouldn’t have gotten past,” said Smith to TouringCarTimes. “The rules state that you can’t gain an advantage from contact so I think the positions should be reversed.”
Shedden said he had no other option after Smith appeared to deliberately block him through the final turn.
“I’d resigned myself to not passing him, quite clearly I sat on the outside going into the corner, but he just didn’t accelerate,” said Shedden to TouringCarTimes. “He tried to be clever and leave it on the apex and didn’t accelerate and he backed me up so much into everyone else, but when you look at the in-car (camera) it was actually just a small tap.”
Dan Welch was given three points and a £500 fine for contact with Jeff Smith in race one, whilst Welch was then himself spun out by Team ES Racing’s Chris James at the start of race two, for which James received the same penalty.
James’ penalty points tally for the year is now up to ten, with the 33-year-old now just two points away from a six-month ban by the MSA.