Tuesday, Jun 18 10:10am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Post race disqualification promotes Scott Dixon to fifth

Scott Dixon has been promoted to fifth in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans after the leading Ford GT in the GTE-Pro division was disqualified.


The no.68 Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA entry driven by Sébastien Bourdais, Joey Hand and Dirk Müller was stripped of it’s fourth place finish for a breach of the fuel tank capacity regulations.


In what was the swansong for the Ford GT at Le Mans, Chip Ganassi Racing initially finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh in the race.


A report from the FIA and ACO Technical Delegates revealed the “total on-board fuel volume [was] found to be in excess of the permitted limit” following a post-race scrutineering.


Cars are only allowed 97 litre tanks but the no.68 was found to have a tank measuring 97.83 litres.


“The competitor explained that the team checks the Maximum Onboard Fuel Volume at their facility in the US using the same measurement technique as the Scrutineers,” a statement read.


“Since the car was shipped, the BoP [Balance of Performance] has changed, and the competitor made the changes to their tank, but given the resources on site, they were not able to do a calibrated check.


“Therefore [the steards] order the usual penalty for a technical breach of this nature and disqualify the competitor from the event.


“The Stewards order the forfeiture of any prizes and trophies and that the final classification be amended and the order of the other cars behind the competitor shall be adjusted up.”


The team can appeal the decision.


In the GTE-Am division there was drama for the class winning Ford GT too. The only privateer run Ford GT by Keating Motorsports was disqualified from the race.


Two separate decisions demoted the car to second overall initially but was subsequently disqualified. A 55.2-second penalty was applied due to not meeting the minimum complete fuelling time.


Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga were then removed from the result after the “total onboard fuel volume [was] in excess of the permitted limit.”


Jorg Bergmeister, Egidio Perfetti and Patrick Lindsey inherited the win in the Project 1 run Porsche 911 RSR. They also claimed the GTE-Am title in the FIA World Endurance Championship.