Stewart Lines has had a lot of incidents in his British Touring Car Championship past. However, many incidents could be considered as not being the Midlander’s fault, as many were caused by other drivers on the grid at the time. Unfortunately for Lines, this means that he had built up a small reputation as being a little bit incident-prone.
Not an Ideal Return
Many fans were happy to see the return of the Birmingham man at Snetterton, although he has never scored points in the BTCC in 2 seasons, he’s become quite the fan favourite in his time. His first weekend back did not going ideally. Lines was fined £500 and given three penalty points on his racing license for an incident with his Maximum Motorsport driving predecessor, Josh Cook, who left the team after Oulton Park to return to his former team MG. Lines and Cook made contact at Murrays, the final corner of the Snetterton 300 circuit, on the opening lap of the second contest. Cook limped home to a lowly 28th place, while Lines retired from the race, due to the damage sustained.
Newsham the only other driver in trouble
Despite a heavy, incident-filled weekend, only one other driver was punished by the stewards at Snetterton. BTC Norlin’s Dave Newsham was the only other driver to have action taken against him. The Welsh Chevrolet driver was given an official reprimand and two penalty points, for contact with Team Shredded Wheat’s Mat Jackson at Oggies in race 1. Newsham would finish last of the classified finishers, where as Mat Jackson would finish 11th, just missing out on the top 10.
Despite many incidents across the three races, these were the only two awards by the race stewards, meaning that Snetterton 2017 will go down as a much tamer event, than it’s 2016 predecessor.