Bartrum Responds To Plato’s Post-Knockhill Comments
Submitted on September 2nd 2012 19:29 by Michael Passingham.
Motorbase Performance boss David Bartrum on Thursday responded to the fine and penalty points handed to Aron Smith in Race One of the day at Knockhill last weekend by accusing Jason Plato of being “paranoid” and also questioning whether Plato should be employed by the BRDC.
The blog post, which is still available on the Motorsbase Performance website begins with a brief review of the Redstone Racing team’s weekend at Knockhill. Bartrum then goes on to talk about “the only sour note of the weekend”, which he says was “Jason Plato’s reaction to the incident with Aron [Smith]”
“I was disappointed in the penalty which TOCA gave us because we’ve been on the receiving end of nearly identical incidents with Aron & Rob Austin in round 1, TOCA verdict – Racing incident, Liam & Lea Wood at Croft, TOCA verdict – Racing incident. Someone does it to Plato, TOCA verdict – 3 points & a £500 fine. Is it because its Plato? Maybe, who knows? With that in mind when we heard that 888 & Plato had appealed we were surprised, turns out Jason wanted more! He even suggested that Aron had a job to do on him! What can you say to this? Paranoid maybe?”
The incident in question occurred during the first race of the day while Plato and Smith were fighting for second place. In a post-race interview Jason Plato inferred that it was either “his [Smith’s] job to take me out’ or that he ‘shouldn’t have a licence”.
Bartrum responded to this in no uncertain terms: “Quite frankly, he is the man who needs banning from the championship. Why TOCA didn’t give him points for his revenge mission at Snetterton on Matt Neal is anybodies [sic] guess! Probably because he has so many points already. MG & his sponsors should think twice before renewing his contract if he continues to behave like this. He makes damning statements that other teams and drivers are merely ‘playing at this’ and we’re just ‘pretenders’ unlike the paid professional drivers.”
He then goes on to talk about Plato’s other roles with motorsport, including his ‘KX Akademy’ work and his role with the BRDC.
“How he keeps a job with the BRDC is beyond me. He is a Director in the most influential club in British Motorsport, he is in a role which people need to respect him and look upon his as someone who sets an example of how a race driver conducts himself both on and off the circuit. In my opinion he does neither!”
“I just think if he kept his mouth shut and his thoughts to himself the world would be better for it.”
The full blog post can be found here on the Motorbase Performance Website.
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