Cook handed race ban after Jelley collision

Triple Eight Racing’s Josh Cook could be forced to sit out of the first Silverstone race after receiving a race ban and fine for a collision with Stephen Jelley at Rockingham.

Cook received three points on his licenese as punishment for the race three incident, only a few hours after receiving two points for contract with Motorbase’s Mat Jackson in race two.

The team has decided to appeal the decision. The appeal will be heard at the start of the Silverstone weekend in three weeks’ time. If the ban is upheld, Cook will become the first BTCC driver in 16 years to be handed a race ban.

Cook hit Jelley at the Deene hairpin on lap 10 of race three, which forced Jelley to retire from the race.

“He was two cars back, had nothing to do with what I was doing, and it was a big old hit,” Jelley told Touring Car times. “He had a long time to decide to go down the banking, but then he’d fall to the back. He had the opportunity to not damage the car and accept he’d messed up.”

Jelley also received three points on his licence and a fine for collisions with Senna Proctor and Matt Simpson in race one.

Martin Depper and Rory Butcher also received two points for different incidents.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea


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