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MSV statement on sentencing of track intruder

Monday, November 17 2014

Maidstone Crown Court today imposed an eight-month jail sentence on Jack Cottle, the 22-year-old who drove a road car on to Brands Hatch Indy circuit without permission during a VW Fun Cup race on June 14.

In Court, His Honour Judge Martin Joy said: "It's quite clear your actions were premeditated. It was deliberate, it was inexcusable. Your deliberate behaviour endangered not only your own life but those of your passengers, the competitors, the emergency services, the marshals, the stewards, and anyone else who was nearby. The sentence must reflect the need to deter others who might be tempted to act as you did."  

Welcoming the sentencing, Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MSV (the owner of Brands Hatch), issued the following statement:

"I am really pleased that Kent Police and the Court have quite rightly taken such a tough stance on this deliberately reckless act, which endangered the lives of the drivers racing on circuit and the volunteer track marshals, not to mention Jack Cottle and his passengers. 

"His idiotic and selfish behaviour - aggravated by his unrepentant attitude in subsequent media coverage - received much immediate condemnation.  His conviction and prison sentence will serve to reinforce the message that this kind of antisocial behaviour is not only stupid, but will lead to prosecution."