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No. 67 Ford Loses Fourth in GTE-Pro Due to Drive Time Infraction

No. 67 Ford GT loses fourth place finish due to drive-time infraction…

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The No. 67 Ford GT has lost its fourth place GTE-Pro class finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans due to a drive-time infraction, with three other cars also hit with post-race penalties.

The Harry Tincknell, Andy Priaulx and Tony Kanaan-driven entry has been handed an 11-lap plus 1:23.499 penalty due to Kanaan completing only 5 hours and 16 minutes of the six-hour minimum.

The penalty was calculated based on the conversion of Kanaan’s missing 44 minutes to whole laps.

It has dropped the No. 67 car to a 12th place class finish and comes as a significant blow to Priaulx and Tincknell’s FIA World Endurance Championship title fight.

The penalty has promoted the No. 63 Corvette C7.R to fourth in class, with the No. 52 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE now completing the top-five.

Three other drive-time related penalties were also handed out post-race.

The No. 5 CEFC TRSM Racing Ginetta G60-LT P1 Mecachrome had six laps deleted plus 2:45 added to the car’a time due to Leo Roussel also not meeting the minimum time, while the No. 69 Ford, which faced late-race gearbox issues, getting a two-lap plus 1:42 penalty for Scott Dixon failing to meet the minimum time as well.

Francois Perrodo, meanwhile, was found to have exceeded the four-hour maximum drive time in a six-hour period by four minutes, and as a result has seen the No. 28 TDS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson given a 1 lap plus 1:18 penalty.

Despite the penalty, the TDS Oreca has retained its fourth place class finish in LMP2.

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. jason

    June 18, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Pulled a Homer Simpson there guys….DOH! A JR Smith too.

    • Paul

      June 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm

      #5 spent 5h46min in pit, how are you expected to have 3 drivers do 6h each then ?!?!

  2. Pierre

    June 18, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I’d like to see that conversion formula on how they calculated the penalty..

    • Monoq

      June 18, 2018 at 11:28 am

      Penalty = missing driving time
      | |
      v v
      11 laps + 83,499sec = 44min (=2640sec)

      ==> 1 lap is roughly 3min 52,4sec

      I guess 3min 52,4sec is the average laptime in the GTE-Pro class

      • Paul

        June 18, 2018 at 4:41 pm

        they say they calcualte from cars bnst lap on another site

  3. Gonçalo Santos

    June 18, 2018 at 9:57 am

    This is complete bullshit. In the case of the TDS car I can understand because an Am driver did an execess diving time and that can be dangerous. In the case of Dixon and Kanan is complete crap. In a class where all the drivers are true Pros what is the difference. This years Le Mans keeps on disappointing even after the end…

    • Alianora La Canta

      June 18, 2018 at 11:55 am

      The difference is that all cars are meant to be a team effort between three drivers who substantially contributed. Therefore it is expected in all classes that every driver not otherwise excused meets some sort of minimum drive time.

      • Gonçalo Santos

        June 18, 2018 at 12:06 pm

        Yes and didnt all drivers drove the car?? I think it is up to the team to decide about each drving time

    • Rus'L

      June 18, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      They don’t want drivers driving too long either. That can be dangerous. In fact, that is one of the believed contributing factors to the horrid 1955 crash. So, they set a minimum time each driver has to drive in order to make sure nobody drives for too long.

    • Charles

      June 18, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      So you don’t like the rule. But surely if it exists then it has to be enforced.

  4. ???

    June 18, 2018 at 10:39 am

    How the hell do you not notice one of your drivers is a full stint short of min drive time???

    • Alianora La Canta

      June 18, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Maybe everyone was overtired and got carried away by what a great job the other two drivers were doing?

    • junerace

      June 19, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      exactly. its not stop watches and clip boards. the timing software does it for you. huge mistake for such a large well funded effort…embarrassing

  5. Dave

    June 18, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Sadly, no one cares. This race left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth and the series is in real danger.

    • The Fisherman

      June 18, 2018 at 11:03 am

      No one cares, yet you care enough to comment.

      • jason

        June 18, 2018 at 11:21 am

        Well I certainly don’t care about any of the LMP races for the rest of this year. GTE hopefully can still provide interest at Silversone, Fuji, and Shanghai.

    • rick

      June 18, 2018 at 11:04 am

      Speak for yourself. I enjoyed it a lot.

      • toyotafanssuckasbadasgmfans

        June 18, 2018 at 7:47 pm

        Well, rick, I guess if you enjoy a “race” that is pre-ordained with dictated speed and stint, you might enjoy it but you don’t know squat about racing.

    • Mike S.

      June 18, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Maybe but there will always be a LeMans no matter what circus ring leader is running the show.

  6. Don Bingaman

    June 18, 2018 at 11:16 am

    On Ganassi’s watch ? Hard to believe but stuff happens. Glad to see Corvette move up to fourth !

  7. Sol Shine

    June 18, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Why would they care? It’s obvious this is Porsche’s big anniversary year and they’re going to get gifted all year long. This is a sham and nothing more.

    • Paul

      June 18, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      thats why Corvette set the fastest race lap in GT? Had the fastest best lap in race average for the #63 car drivers?

    • gmfansaredelusional

      June 18, 2018 at 7:48 pm

      whassamattau, your precious plastic phacyderm not run good.

  8. J.C.

    June 18, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Well their goes the championship for the #67.

  9. junerace

    June 19, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Porsche was gifted the golden BoP for this race.

  10. Bodyworker

    June 19, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    …does anybody here remember the 24 hours of Daytona in 2o17…?

    …when IMSA had to slow down a nearly unsustainable , brand-new 991 RSR at half – time through several Pacecar phases…?

    …then it was ensured , that Daytona 2o18 was won by Chip Ganassi & his troupe with a multiple Lap Lead…

    …afterwards Nobody here in Europe complained about any injustice – except of me… 😉

    • Andy Flinn

      June 19, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Bodyworker, CGR has won at Daytona EIGHT times – SIX times overall. CGR doesn’t need help from IMSA to win at Daytona – this year or any year. And when CGR wins at Daytona (this year), it’s not because of luck, either.

      Also in 2018, I recall a GTLM (GTE) Porsche winning Sebring. I don’t recall IMSA “slowing down” the Porsche for a CGR victory. Of course, I don’t recall IMSA “slowing down” the Corvettes at Sebring in 2017 so CGR could achieve a victory there, either.

      But you must know something I don’t seeing as how you’re in Europe and I watch these races every year here where I live in Florida.

  11. Bodyworker

    June 20, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    …anyway – the ,unbeatable Ford GT’ was beaten on the Racetrack , by a small RSR – Congratulations to Porsche…;)

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