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GTE-Pro Winners Disqualified; Porsche Inherits Victory

No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari loses win to ride height infringement; Porsche inherits 1-2…

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AF Corse’s No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo has been disqualified from Sunday’s 4 Hours of Shanghai, losing James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi’s GTE-Pro class win.

The car’s ground clearance on the car’s front-left was found to be lower than the required 50 mm in post-race scrutineering.

The stewards disqualified the car as a result, promoting Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre’s No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR to the class win after initially finishing 6.7 seconds behind the Ferrari on-track.

According to the stewards’ decision, AF Corse team manager Batti Pregliasco and technical director Giuseppe Petrotta accepted the ride height infringement and presume that the change had been caused by damage.

They believe the damage was caused by contact with either a Porsche at the first corner or with the Red River Sport Ferrari later in the race.

The stewards found no visible damage or oil leaks or damage to the suspension, therefore claiming there is “no acceptable explanation for the lower ground clearance”.

The Ferrari team went on to lodge a formal appeal at 9:36 p.m. on Sunday evening.

The amended result gives Porsche a 1-2 win with its No. 91 car now classified second, while Aston Martin is third and fourth. 

AF Corse’s other car finished sixth on track, therefore moving up to fifth and the last classified car in class.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

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