FIA WEC: Two Toyotas, one Porsche disqualified from Silverstone race
The results of the 6 Hours of Silverstone has been changed following a post-race inspection which resulted with a disqualification of two Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 prototypes and the #91 Porsche 911 RSR which finished second in GTE Pro class.
The race was originally won by the #8 Toyota of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, who defeated their teammates in the #7 car, but after their disqualification, the new winners are Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Mathias Beche in the #3 Rebellion R13-Gibson.
The #1 Rebellion R13 of Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer was promoted to the second place while the third podium spot went to the #17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1-AER of Stephane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev.
The two Toyotas were found to be in non-conformity of the 2018 LMP1-H Technical Regulations which covers the deflection of the skid block. Toyota intends to appeal the Decisions and therefore the race results remain provisional.
There is a statement from Toyota Gazoo Racing: “Both cars suffered damage to their respective front floor areas during the race due to impacts against the new kerbs at Silverstone. Regrettably, this also caused both cars to fail deflection tests in post-race scrutineering. As a result, race stewards disqualified both cars. The design and construction of the part concerned has not changed since its introduction at the beginning of the 2017 season. Since then it has successfully passed similar tests, most recently at Spa this season. The team is now evaluating its next course of action.”
The #91 Porsche 911 RSR of Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz has lost its second place in GTE Pro class because of a ride height infraction. The car was found to be at a minimum ground clearance of 48 mm, under the permitted ride height for GTE-Pro cars.
The exclusion has promoted the #67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell to second place, ahead of the #92 Porsche of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre.