Sebastian Priaulx has retaken the lead of the Ginetta Junior championship after an appeal to overturn his exclusion from the Thruxton round.
Priaulx took a win and a fifth place finish after starting on pole for both races, but was excluded from the results due to an apparent technical infringement, and handed a 70 point penalty.
Team-mate Tom Gamble inherited the win, his fourth of the season, and extended his lead at the top of the championship order, whilst Priaulx dropped to 17th in the championship standings.
Priaulx brought an appeal to the MSA National Court, which found in his favour, and the points for both the race results and penalty were reinstated.
Combined with his four wins since Thruxton, he now has a solid lead at the front of the championship, more than 80 points ahead of Gamble going into the second half of the season.
“I’m really pleased that this matter has been resolved and that the correct decision has been made,” Priaulx said.
“We can now focus on the job at hand over the remaining five meetings of the season without this issue hanging over us.
“I’m delated to have been given back the points we’d earned and headed into the second half of the season in the championship lead is a fantastic boost. We’re not focused on maintaining our current run of form at Snetterton next weekend and beyond.”
Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea