Dubai 24h pitlane incident “deeply regrettable” says team boss

James Newbold

The team was leading the race when it was handed a four-minute stop/go penalty for a pit infringement during a Code 60 period that involved a Barwell mechanic and the car-controller for the neighbouring MRS GT-Racing Porsche.

In footage widely shared on social media, the mechanic can be seen pushing the car controller, who then fell against the Porsche and was stuck by its rear wing. He suffered a dislocated shoulder in the incident.

Lemmer expressed his best wishes to the injured team member and said that the part-time Barwell contractor, an "experienced GT mechanic", was "mortified" at the incident.

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"It's a deeply regrettable incident, we're all very relieved that the guy wasn't more seriously injured," Lemmer told Motorsport.com. "We've been in contact with the MRS team checking on his well-being.

"We take safety extremely seriously, we do safety briefings every day with our crew and we have all of our guys wearing helmets in the pitlane [the MRS team member was not], regardless of whether that's mandatory or not, which it's not in Creventic [championships]. That is something we have discussed and recommended to the organisers [is addressed].

"It's one that we feel very strongly about because the pitlane is inherently dangerous and the more you can protect those guys, the better."

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