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Rusinov, G-Drive to Face Three-Minute Penalty at Nürburgring

Rusinov to serve three-minute penalty at Nürburgring for contact in 24H Le Mans…

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The No. 26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson will be forced to serve a three-minute penalty in next month’s FIA World Endurance Championship race at the Nürburgring, following a terminal incident by Roman Rusinov in the opening stages of last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Rusinov was deemed at fault for an incident involving the No. 88 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR of Khaled Al Qubaisi at the Porsche Curves, which brought end to both cars’ races in the opening hour.

According to a statement from the stewards, “Car 26 was approaching Car 88 at about a 60 km/h difference in speed” with Al Qubaisi having not received any blue flags, and “no chance” the Emirati driver could have moved off-line.

The stewards determined that the incident was “completely the fault” of Rusinov, who had been involved in two previous incidents during the event where the driver committed a “serious fault.”

It included driving in the opposite direction of the track, without the approval of a marshal, and entering the pit outside the slip road in the opening hour, after a spin.

Rusinov was due to receive a ten-minute stop-and-hold penalty for that incident, although escaped penalty for driving off the weigh scale without instructions to leave in Free Practice on Wednesday.

“When you drive an LMP2 on this track, you are overtaking at all time and you have to take some risks if you want to be fast,” Rusinov said.

“That’s what I did, and I thought the car I was overtaking would let me pass, he went to the side, but in the end, he did not, and it was the end for both of us.

“Of course it’s a real deception, but I mostly feel sorry for the team crew and my teammates. We did not deserve that. Finishing a 24-hour race after two hours, is definitely not what we came here for. ”

The TDS Racing-run car, which claimed LMP2 victory in last month’s round at Spa and scored class pole at Le Mans in the hands of Alex Lynn, will face a three-minute stop-and-hold penalty at the Six Hours of Nürburgring, to be served in the race.

An additional three-minute penalty has been suspended for the following three WEC rounds subject to “driver compliance within the coding driver conduct and other driving regulations.”

With Lynn missing the Nürburgring race due to his Formula E commitments in New York City, it’s unclear who will partner Rusinov and Pierre Thiriet at the wheel of the LMP2 entry for the fourth round of the season.

Laurens Vanthoor, who was tipped to fill the seat for the German event, said they did not come to an agreement for the race, with the Porsche GT factory driver set to focus on his commitments in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. jason

    June 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Need to do this to the punk to took out the Risi Ferrari too. Not sure if that car is WEC or ELMS. But whatever series they are from. Do that too in the next race.

    • Travis McBee

      June 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      It’s a WEC entry and sister car to Rusinovs car.

    • Racingfreak

      June 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      It was the TDS Racing WEC Car… they already have a 7 minutes stop&go for that…

      • Obviously not the much a of a racing freak

        June 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm

        7 min is a stop and HOLD, at least use the right term. Stop and go means just that, stop without a hold. And yes, the rules do say stop and hold.

        • Bakkster

          June 19, 2017 at 5:32 pm

          The stewards of the race called them all Stop&Go penalties in the official bulletins, despite how awkward that sounds.

          Russinov received, and I quote from bulletin “3 minutes Stop&Go to be served by the Competitor at the next WEC Event of the Competitor.”

          If you’re going to call someone out for something pedantic, get it right 😉

      • Andy Flinn

        June 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        That driver in G-Drive LMP #28 essentially issued Risi a permanent stop with no go.

        That driver should have been parked for thr rest of the event for his amateur move.

        I was not impressed with a lot of the LMP2 driving. Many were missles on the straights and when not blocking were moving chicanes in the corners.

        Initially, I though slight contact with the faster LMP2 in the corner may have cut down one of Jordan Taylor’s tires.

        • Coach Ep

          June 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

          Agreed, in the past we’ve seen Stuart Hall and Rob Kaufmann being parked by the ACO for their actions in similar violent incidents. And with Risi’s race being ended right there at the spot (and their brand new car totaled) + the risk to cause severe injuries to a fellow driver and trackside marshals (!) it doesn’t make a lot of sense as to why the stewards handed Vaxiviere/TDS a much softer penalty.

          Karma had the last word on that car though!

  2. Mike S.

    June 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Hey TDS the GT cars can drive it in deeper now. Just a darn FYI… oh you found out. Thanks for slaying the only privateer Pro GT car.

  3. Avery

    June 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Vanthoor tweeted that he won’t be driving at the Ring with G drive.

    • John Dagys

      June 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks – Updated

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