Motorbase Performance’s Andy Neate has been excluded from all three British Touring Car Championship races at Thruxton for ‘deliberate contact with another competitor’.
Neate made multiple contacts with Team HARD’s Carl Boardley in the opening race of the weekend, resulting in the retirement of both drivers.
The Ford Focus driver had pitted early in the race, and was then battling with Boardley despite being a lap down when contact was made at the complex.
The pair made contact twice at the complex, resulting in both driver’s retirement from the race.
Neate went on to finish 23rd and 19th in races two and three respectively, but following the meeting he was excluded from all three races.
The official reason given for Neate’s exclusion was “an act prejudicial to the interests of motorsport generally in making a threat of physical assault by the use of his car to make deliberate contact with another competitor”.
Other penalties handed out at the meeting include a ten-point deduction for MB Motorsport after an engine change above the maximum number permitted, and a post-race 0.5-second time penalty for Michael Crees in race two for gaining an advantage in an incident with Sam Osborne.