Points Controversy in European Classic Series
Posted: 27th October 2016
Series Organisers Adjust Spa Result – Team 19 and Team 17 Points from Different Races Combined – Championship Now Much Closer...
Controversy has erupted after the classic endurance championship organiser DGSport have combined the results of two Team Neate entries that are competing in the European Classic Series. We understand that the points scored by the number 17 Team Neate entry at Paul Ricard have been added to the points scored by the number 19 Team Neate entry at Spa, despite these two entries being different teams in the sense normally understood in endurance racing circles.
This has moved Team Neate to second place in the championship, just one point behind Sweatshop Phase One, and demoted Team Taurus, Roadrunner and Team Force Suzuki one position down the rankings.
Teams are understandably confused at the move, with Phase One team manager Russell Benney commenting on the team's website, “it is unfortunate that the actions of DG Sports have already disrupted the harmony in what was a great series. If this controversy continues into Aragon it is difficult to imagine how a creditable championship result can emerge.”
Three of the top teams, Force, Roadrunner and Sweatshop Phase One, have invited the FIM to investigate the DG Sport's interpretation of the Paul Ricard and Spa results and are awaiting their report.
Words: Martin Gelder - Photos: http://www.europeanclassicseries.eu/en