BROMSGROVE racer James Cater was left disappointed after his ten-second penalty at Donington Park in the final round of the Ravenol Formula Vee Championship meant he missed out on a top-three finish in the overall standings.
The 40-year-old went into the final round third in Class B and a safe qualifying session meant he would start 18th out of a 31-car grid for both races.
A flying start from Cater on a slippery and wet circuit for the first race put him ahead of rival Colin Gregory, who sat one point ahead in the championship standings going into the final race of the season, before finishing third in class.
Nailing the start again for race two, Cater found himself ahead of Gregory before putting in his fastest lap of the race on the final lap to take third in class again, a result which looked to have secured second in the championship.
However, his celebrations were short-lived as a stewards enquiry resulted in a ten-second penalty for an alleged overtake under yellow flags.
This punishment dropped Cater to sixth in Class B and dropped him to fourth in the overall standings, just one point off third.