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Ford anger over alleged double standards

By Guy Hand 11/11/2004 06:19:15 PM Comments (0)

Fuming Ford officials have hit out at Holden and V8 Supercar racing's judicial system, accusing them of double standards over an alleged technical breach by the Holden Racing Team (HRT).

The Mark Skaife-owned HRT will front stewards on Friday prior to the weekend's round in Tasmania over a similar breach to that which resulted in intense public scrutiny of Ford and Marcos Ambrose after the Queensland 300 in July.

Todd Kelly's car is alleged to have had an irregularity with its electronic control unit when it was third overall at the Gold Coast championship round last month.

But the matter was only made public on Wednesday when it emerged HRT would have to appear before stewards.

In Ambrose's case, his Stone Brothers Racing team was immediately hauled before stewards once the post-race problem was found, docked all its championship points from winning the round and fined.

The points were reinstated on appeal four days later and its fine reduced to $5,000.

Ford bosses are angry Holden has dodged the public bullets over the technical breach, as well as getting an extra three weeks before pleading its case to stewards.

"We need to understand why the system hasn't dealt with these two issues equally," Ford motorsport manager Stephen Kruk said.

"Not only has Holden got nearly three weeks to work on their defence, they've got away without any public scrutiny and without any damage to the brand in the way that Ford and Stone Brothers Racing were attacked.

"We had people from Holden like Mark Skaife and Larry Perkins (Castrol Perkins Racing team owner) accusing us of cheating.

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