Meeke loses Scotland win
|By David Evans and Matt Beer||Thursday, November 26th 2009, 16:30 GMT|
Intercontinental Rally Challenge champion Kris Meeke has lost his Rally of Scotland victory after the front subframe of his Kronos Racing Peugeot 207 S2000 was found to be underweight.
Meeke's victory had been declared provisional following post-event scrutineering last weekend, but a final decision was delayed until Thursday as initial re-weighing of the component in question proved inconclusive.
After further tests at a government Weights and Measures office, the rally stewards have now ruled that the part was definitely underweight and have excluded the car of Meeke and co-driver Paul Nagle.
"After due deliberation the stewards noted that Peugeot UK and Peugeot Sport admitted lack of control in the manufacture of this subframe," read an official statement. "The stewards also recognised that there was no fraudulent intent on behalf of the entrant or manufacturer."
The decision gives victory to Skoda driver Guy Wilks, who had been involved in a close battle with Meeke throughout the event.
Peugeot had indicated prior to Thursday's decision that it would appeal if Meeke was excluded. The loss of the Scotland victory does not affect his or Peugeot's IRC titles as these were put beyond their rivals' reach on the penultimate round in Italy.