TUDOR: GT Le Mans podium adjusted post-race
May 5, 2014 at 9:06a ET
Following more than one hour after the checkered flag flew for the Prototype/GT Le Mans TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race in Monterey, the GTLM podium was adjusted with a penalty taking the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR off the podium and promoting the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia to third place.
Multiple incidents occurred between the No. 911 Porsche and the No. 55 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE, with Nick Tandy in the Porsche and Bill Auberlen in the BMW. A penalty was assessed to the No. 911 for what IMSA ruled an on-track incident, and the car was bumped from third to ninth in class.
“The last two laps of the race we had some on-track incidents primarily between the 911 and the 55,” IMSA’s VP of competition and technical regulations Scot Elkins told reporters after the race.
“The second to last lap the 911 made contact with the 55 and knocked them off course. Then we had an incident on the last lap where the 55 made contact with the 911 and made the pass and actually got the position.
“After an extensive review, and I apologize, we’re sorry about that, we wanted to go through the process and review the video, in order to bring both the 911 and 55 teams to Race Control.
“A penalty stop and hold plus 60 has been assessed to the 911. It has adjusted the podium, so the Corvette is first, the 55 is second and the 62 is the third place finisher. The 911 goes to ninth in class.”