Richard Bradley has been deemed to be at fault for the late-race incident with Gustavo Yacaman in Sunday’s FIA WEC Six Hours of Fuji that eliminated the LMP2 championship-leading KCMG entry.
After evaluating video evidence and data, Race Stewards have determined Bradley braked 37 meters (121 feet) earlier than usual, which caused Yacaman to make contact with his KCMG Oreca 05 Nissan.
“The Stewards consider that the fact to brake so early even in defending his position was potentially dangerous for other drivers as for himself,” the statement from the Stewards read.
The Stewards have ruled that Yacaman, driver of the No. 28 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan, was not responsible for the incident, with no change being made to the results in LMP2.
Bradley, meanwhile, has been reprimanded by the Stewards, but with no further action taken.
The race-ending accident for the Oreca-Nissan was just one of at least six incidents between the KCMG car and either the Nos. 26 or 28 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissans that occurred in the closing hour.
The Hong Kong-backed KCMG squad left Japan with zero points, which has seen the championship lead swing to the sister No. 26 G-Drive entry of Sam Bird, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal, which claimed the class victory on Sunday.