Tuesday 12 December 2017

Exclusive: Irish motorsport driver suspended over positive drugs test

Drug testing. File photo
Drug testing. File photo

Cormac Fitzgerald

AN Irish racing car driver has had his license suspended after he tested positive for a banned substance under anti-doping rules, Independent.ie has learned.

It is believed that his results breached Irish Sports Council anti-doping regulations after he submitted to a recent drugs test.

The driver had to drop out of a recent round of a touring car championship as a result of the ban.

However, the driver is reportedly taking legal proceedings to challenge the ruling.

Motorsports Ireland, the national governing body for motorsports in Ireland, abides by the anti-doping rules of the Irish Sports Council, which require competitors to submit to drugs testing at sporting events.

The driver submitted to the test after a race earlier this summer.

A spokesman for the touring car competition in question has confirmed that the driver will challenge the findings.

“I do know he was drug tested and now he’s in the middle of legal proceedings trying to fight it,” he said.

"Whatever was in his system he maintains he didn’t take.

“It’s not a performance enhancing drug or anything to that effect.

“His license is suspended. There hasn’t been any ruling made on the length of his ban or anything got to do with it.”

A spokesperson for the Irish Sports Council said that they couldn’t confirm a violation had taken place or comment until a hearing had taken place.

A spokesperson for Motorsports Ireland also said that they could not comment.

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