Many race fans in the large crowd at Aldershot raceway were left bewildered after witnessing an on-track protest by poular Crawley team, Team Sowter/Filmer.
The four-man team from Crawley are popular with the crowd, for the same reason they have their detractors amongst their rivals. They like to crash!
So as not to receive an immediate 12-month ban, which would mean them missing July’s big meeting at Arlington, the guys lined up for the race. As the action began, they pulled off in protest onto the centre field, playing no further part in the day.”
In previous seasons they raced as two separate families, but by coming together for this season, they formally merged their talent and skills. By doing so, they have electrified an exciting formula, that at times can be predictable.
Ahead of the meeting, despite there being world qualifier points at stake for the winner of the Southern title, all the talk was about how the team would mix things up a little, adding a degree of spice into the equation.
Come raceday, the crowd in the paddock were keenly anticipating the arrival of the team. As the four freshly built and painted cars pulled in, they seemed to draw the attention of the race day scrutineers.
Despite a rule book being in place like every other sport, there are some grey areas, which unfortunately lead to inconsistencies. In the opinion of the scrutineer at the track, there were some breaches of the rule book in terms of the way the cars were built.
Given the time and money spent building cars to such a high level, with the intention of just wanting to race all day, the ruling was not well received.
With both sides entrenched, a regrettable stand-off occurred.
Eventually, with enforced adjustments, all cars met the necessary criteria to enter the Championship race, but by then things were said, that left the team unhappy with their treatment.
So as not to receive an immediate 12-month ban, which would mean them missing July’s big meeting at Arlington, The Bears Big Bash, the guys lined up for the race. As the action began, they pulled off in protest onto the centre field, playing no further part in the day.
To their credit, the officials have come out and explained their decisions.
In turn, the team have made a public statement apologising to the spectators who had come to see them race.
Next Wednesday (13th), Arlington Raceway opens with three formulas featuring the Domestic Bangers, in Round One of their popular weekly league, Junior Rods and Rookie Rods.
Racing starts at 7.30pm, with turnstiles opening at 6.30pm.