French LMP2 team TDS Racing has expressed its surprise at last week’s FIA Court of Appeal decision to reject the team’s appeal against the exclusion of its No. 26 G-Drive Racing (run by TDS Racing) and the No. 28 TDS Racing ORECAs from the results of the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The team’s LMP2s were excluded from first and fourth in their class the day after the race when technical inspection revealed an additional component had been introduced into the fuel rigs for both entries that allowed faster fuel flow than intended via the mandatory fuel fill restrictor.
TDS Racing appealed the decision which led to the FIA Court of Appeal process, concluded just a few days ago.
In a statement, technical director Jacques Morello said:
“We are truly surprised by the decision. In accordance with the regulation and before the race, the technical delegates had the time and facilities to inspect all these elements, and did not enter any reservation nor remarks.
“The court indicated that there was no other specific criteria to the flow restrictor than the inner diameter of max 38mm. It has to be noted that in the following weeks after the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and before the ELMS 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring, a clarification concerning the refueling has been requested by one team. We are very disappointed, nevertheless, we take note of the final decision.”
Xavier Combet, TDS Racing’s team manager added: “After Le Mans 24 Hours, on the other side, the G-Drive Racing team sportively and technically supported by TDS Racing, won the ELMS 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring and 4 Hours of Silverstone, thus claiming the 2018 ELMS championship LMP2 title.
“I would like to sincerely welcome the great performances of each of our six drivers all along the season, as well as the undeniable skills of our technical staff who earns my total confidence. Our next objective is to claim a race victory from now to the end of the WEC season.”
TDS Racing is back in action this weekend in the WEC’s 6 Hours of Fuji, where it will field its full-season No. 28 ORECA of Francois Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Jean-Eric Vergne, who is subbing for DTM-tied Loic Duval.