- Sep 26, 2010
It has been confirmed that the #7 Audi, which currently tops the WEC Drivers' championship, has just one brand new engine remaining for the rest of the 2015 WEC season after a mixup with the electronic engine seals meant that the ACO could not read the data on the #7 car.
After running into issues during the Le Mans weekend it appears that two seals, which are used to police engine usage and are electronically monitored, were broken during the weekend, with the blame for the mistake being placed on human error after Audi team members allegedly altered the position of the seals.
As a result Audi have been given a €50,000 fine and have been ordered to pay for the cost of the hearing as well. Meanwhile the championship leading #7 Audi of André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benôit Treluyer has been adjudged to have already used four of their allocation five brand new engines for the season, leaving the #7 with just one new engine to use for the remaining five races.
On the decision Audi have taken full reponsibilty for the error with Chris Reinke, the Head of the Audi LMP1 program, admitting to the hearing that "There was an error with the handling of the electronic engine seals on the #7 car" and that Audi "have already investigated the matter."
The exact impact this decision may have remains to be seen, however should the #7 car have to use a sixth new engine this season then they will incur a three-minute stop and go penalty.
The next round of the 2015 WEC season will be held at the Nürburgring on 30th August.