Man sentenced for race circuit dare

Published: Monday 17th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A labourer will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to driving a Volkswagen Polo at high-speed on to the Brands Hatch circuit during a race.

Jack Cottle, 22, hit speeds of up to 100mph with two passengers on board after gatecrashing an endurance race at the famous track in Kent on June 14.

Maidstone Crown Court heard last month how he put the lives of racers at danger after being dared by friends in a “foolish prank”.

Cottle, who is on conditional bail, pleaded guilty to “causing a nuisance to the public by driving on to the race track at Brands Hatch whilst an endurance race was in progress”.

Prosecutor Keith Yardy told the court on October 10: “Shortly before 4pm on June 14 this year, the race had been going for some three hours when the defendant drove a Volkswagen Polo into the pit lane with two passengers.

“He then entered the race track during the race, clearly putting the race drivers at risk and endangering their safety.

“As a result of his actions, the race was brought to a stop. He was interviewed. He said he was dared to do it and was sorry but would do it again.”

Judge Martin Joy warned Cottle, of Durgates in Wadhurst, East Sussex, that a “custodial sentence is on the cards”.

Defence counsel Ailsa Williamson said Cottle was “an immature man” but had the support of his family who attended court with him.

Sentencing will take place at the same court from 10am.

Published: Monday 17th November 2014 by The News Editor

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