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Jason Plato appealed successfully against a larger than average £1000 fine and a four-point licence endorsement handed down after the run-in with Tom Kristensen that put the Dane's Honda off the track and into retirement in the feature race at Donington. Kristensen still has the right to take things further, but it's not yet clear if he will.

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Mark Lemmer is flirting with a licence suspension after adding further points to his licence thanks to an incident with Alan Morrison at Donington. Lemmer, who already had six points before this weekend, and received another two points and an official reprimand after the Donnington rounds. If he reaches 12 points his licence will be in jeopardy.

Gabriele Tarquini has his eye on a European Super Touring Cup programme in 2001. The 1994 BTCC winner has an ongoing Honda contract for 2001 and will race wherever his employer's programme is, but the Euro STC has its attractions. "It's good from a driver's point of view," said Tarquini. "It runs on the best tracks in Europe and in lots of different countries. I would be exciting." The Italian also pointed out that his current team JAS Motorsport has experience in the series, thanks to its 2000 campaign with Dutchman Peter Kox.

Class B driver Nick James was fined £250 after he collected Alain Menu's Ford Mondeo while it was lapping him in the sprint race. Menu was forced to pit to have his bonnet taped down, but still finished eighth.

Draft sporting regulations circulated to BTCC teams could signal the end for pit stops in the category. The proposal is that the current sprint and feature races would make way for two 30-minute races. The One-Shot Showdown could also be on its way out as qualifying would be over one half-hour session with the grid for the second race formed according to the results of the first. Potential entrant Peugeot's motorsport manager Mick Linford is positive about the new ideas. "They'll be fine, provided the grids are good. With big grids you don't need that sort of thing."

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