Statement in response to an incident at Mondello Park Sports Club (MPSC) Car Racing Meeting held on 19th March 2017 at Mondello Park (Motorsport Ireland Permit No. 17/034).
During the Future Classics race an incident occurred involving 2 drivers. This incident resulted in 1 car retiring from the race with damage and the other car spinning out but recovering to finish the race. Following the conclusion of the race, the incident was brought to the attention of the Motorsport Ireland and the Club Stewards by one of the drivers involved to have it investigated. The stewards using video footage and their experience made a determination on the incident.
While the stewards were carrying out their investigation into the driving standards incident however, a separate incident allegedly occurred between one of the drivers and the stewards. As a result of this 2nd incident the driver was excluded from the event for breach of Rule 139.7 of the General Competition Rules of the Motorsport Ireland Yearbook 2017, not because of a breach of driving standards. I wish to clarify though that at no point was any part of these investigations carried out by Future Classics Racing committee members and that all penalties are issued by Motorsport Ireland event officials.
Since this has happened however, there has been a number of comments on social media, including some on our own Future Classics social media platforms with remarks towards drivers and officials. As there is still further investigations going on into this incident, the Future Classics Racing committee cannot allow comments relating to it to be published on its social media platforms, and as a result we have had to remove some comments and restrict posting rights temporarily.
While the Future Classics Racing committee do not wish to see any drivers being excluded from events, we also cannot condone verbal assaults towards officials who are giving up their time voluntary to help run the sport we all enjoy.