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Matt Simpson to Leave Eurotech Racing
Fresh from scoring his second podium of the season in race three at Rockingham on Sunday, Matt Simpson has announced his split from Eurotech Racing with immediate effect. Eurotech have been running Simpson’s Honda Civic Type-R since the start of the 2018 season and have seen a brilliant year for Simpson, with him taking his first BTCC race win at Oulton Park. Simpson now plans to run the Civic Type-R with an in-house team for the final rounds of 2018.
Dan Cammish Penalised Twice By Stewards at Rockingham
Dan Cammish left Rockingham with not one, but two penalties after deeming to have fallen foul of the regulations. One penalty was received following a post-qualifying interview on Saturday landed Cammish with a £1500 fine, and the other as a result of the contact in race one which saw Sam Tordoff spun at the first hairpin. He now has two strikes for the season.
Matt Stone Racing Leaves Ford For Holden
Supercars newcomers for 2018 Matt Stone Racing will contest the rest of the season in a Triple Eight built Holden VF Commodore before switching to a ZB Commodore in 2019. Todd Hazelwood will continue behind the wheel of the new car which will make its debut this weekend at The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia. Matt Stone Racing have struggled to find form with the outgoing Ford Falcon, and Hazelwood sits last out of the full-time series drivers in the standings. It was expected that Matt Stone Racing would campaign with the all-new Ford Mustang in 2019.
Jamie Green Hits Out At Stewards Following Drive-Through Penalty
Audi driver Jamie Green as hit out at the stewards for handing him a drive-through penalty which robbed him of a season’s best performance at Brands Hatch. His battle with Wittmann, which resulted in the BMW driver leaving the track caught the attention of the stewards who gave Green a penalty which saw him drop from 6th to 15th.
After the race, Green said “I think there should be some common sense. I couldn’t even see Eng, it was only at the end of the exit of Druids I felt a little touch.
“That’s the problem now, if you go to the outside of someone, and there’s a very small overlap and you get knocked off, you can say ‘I was forced off’.
“It’s like football when you get touched and you dive. And they seem to always favour the person who was forced off.”
He added: “In touring car racing, and with the visibility of these cars, you have to be very careful. We have to be a little bit more lenient, in terms of the amount of overlap is allowed until it is classed as forcing off, because I couldn’t even see Eng in Turn 2.
“I got a drive-through [for the Wittmann incident] because they saw it as my second offence. I think the first offence was a joke, to be honest.”
Rast No Longer Focusing On Retaining Title And “Upset” By Battle With Wehrlein
Rene Rast has said he is no longer focusing on retaining his DTM drivers title and has chosen to concentrate on race-by-race results. Rast is 100 points behind championship leader Paffett, yet remains the top Audi drivers in the standings.
Despite a recent strong run of form, and his rivals’ refusal to write him off, Rast said “I’m not focussing on the championship any more. We’re looking for single results. If we can continue like this, it’s very positive. The main thing is we now have the pace to fight for the victory which is promising for the next couple of races.”.
Rast was also upset by his on-track battle with Pascal Wehrlein, despite finishing ahead of the Mercedes driver in Sunday’s race.
Rast was forced off the road twice at Druids in the opening laps of the race and said “It happened actually twice. We have the rule in DTM that whenever there is a car next to you on-track you have to leave them room to survive on-track. After the start on the first lap he pushed me off exiting Turn 2 I hope he would recognise it and learn from it”