Winner Meeke excluded from Rally of Scotland
- 30th November 2009, 8:28am
Meeke had won the event in his Peugeot 207 S2000 ahead of the Skoda UK-supported Fabia of Guy Wilks, but the car's front subframe was suspected of being underweight following post-event scrutineering.
The suspect part underwent further checks at a government Weights and Measures office and it was revealed to be below the minimum weight required, with the decision taken to exclude Meeke as a result.
“After due deliberation, the stewards noted that Peugeot UK and Peugeot Sport admitted a lack of control in the manufacture of this subframe,” a statement read. “The stewards also recognised that there was no fraudulent intent on the part of the entrant or manufacturer.
“The stewards decide to exclude competitor #1 from the event in accordance with article 158 of the 2009 FIA International Sporting Code owing to non-conformity with the relevant FIA homologation paper.”
It is understood that the Kronos-run team, who are this year's IRC champions, will not be appealing the decision despite previously stating they would.
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