G-Drive Racing have retrospectively lost their LMP2 victory at Le Mans, after an illegal refuelling device was found in the Russian car.
Falling foul of post race scrutineering at the Circuit de la Sarthe, G-Drive Racing and drivers Roman Rusinov, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andrea Pizzitola have been excluded from the race results of the 86th Le Mans 24 Hours, stripping the team of their LMP2 class victory and handing the trophy to the second place finishing #36 Signatech Alpine Oreca of Nicolas Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Pierre Thiriet.
According to a stewards bulletin released today, G-Drive have reportedly been found to have a device fitted to the #26 Oreca that allows for a faster refuelling time than would ordinarily been the case, enough of a mistake to end a dominant performance in inglorious fashion for one of the most impressive teams of the LMP2 category last weekend.
"The technical delegates issued a report to the Stewards that “an additional machined part not featuring in the drawing is inserted into the flow restrictor, changing the wetted restrictor surface described by the regulatory drawing.
"The Technical Delegates provided the Stewards with photos of the restrictor, the referenced part and its assembly to the “dead man valve”.
"The contested part is a machined part that extends from the dead man valve and inserts inside the cone of the Flow Restrictor.
"The Technical Delegates stated to the Stewards that they started their investigation of the competitor’s refuelling system following the race when they noted the competitor was able to refuel significantly faster than any of their competitors."
Unfortunately the fourth placed G-Drive racing car of Loic Duval, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Francois Perrodo would also fall foul of this misdemeanour, with exclusion the end result for the #28 and promoting the United Autosports run Ligier of Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer to the final place on the LMP2 podium.
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