For the third consecutive race the FIA World Endurance Championship has seen a post-race change results change after race stewards ruled that technical infringements had taken place.
Both Dempsey Proton Porsches in the GTE Am category were penalized after both cars were found to have breached minimum fueling time regulations. The initial second-place No.88 Porsche 911 RSR of Matteo Cairoli, Satoshi Hoshino and Giorgio Roda dropped down to fifth place in the final result, and he sister No. 77 car, the championship-leading car of Christian Ried, Julien Andlauer and Matt Campbell, remained an eighth-place finisher after the time penalty following issues in the race.
Potentially more serious is an investigation into alleged tampering, with stewards ordering the FIA technical delegates to investigate after finding that the sensors monitoring the fueling logs from both cars were “found sending a signal that was….. intentionally modified before being sent to the FIA data logger.”
The team has denied wrongdoing. The stewards have directed an inquiry into the matter before the next WEC race in Shanghai.
The current controversy follows the post-Le Mans penalties meted out to the initial LMP2 race-winning No. 26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 and the No.28 car, which initially finished fourth. Both were found to have benefited from an additional component inserted into the fueling rig, designed to defeat the mandatory fuel fill restrictor. Both cars were operated by the French TDS Racing team.
That issue was finally decided last week after the team appealed, with the FIA Court of Appeal deciding against them and the No.36 Signatech Alpine team finally receiving the LMP2 winners’ trophy at Fuji from ACO President Pierre Fillon.
The following race at Silverstone saw both the first- and second-place Toyota Gazoo Racing TS 050 HYBRIDs excluded from the results after damage to the floor of both cars was deemed to be outside the permitted margins.