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Second-Placed No. 91 Porsche Excluded from 6H Silverstone

No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR loses second place class finish in Six Hours of Silverstone…

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The No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR has lost its second place GTE-Pro class finish in Sunday’s Six Hours of Silverstone for a ride height infraction.

Per a bulletin issued by the stewards, the Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz-driven car was found to be at a minimum ground clearance of 48 mm, under the permitted ride height for GTE-Pro cars.

The exclusion has promoted the No. 67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell to second in class, ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans class-winning No. 92 Porsche crew of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre.

Sportscar365 understands that further penalties could still come this evening for other cars, with both of the Toyota TS050 Hybrids having been reportedly under investigation as well.

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 FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Brian Baty

    August 19, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    How much below min was it? What is the min?

    • Butthead

      August 19, 2018 at 10:43 pm

      50mm

  2. Dave

    August 20, 2018 at 6:58 am

    The objection I have to post-race DQs is not that they are not evenly applied, but that they are applied at all. Toyota won the race and Porsche came in second in their class. Cars are checked pre-race for ride height. That kind of covers it. Unless there is evidence that the team outright cheated to lower the ride height (or otherwise directly manipulated their car’s settings to thwart the rules during the race) it shouldn’t matter – 2mm could be chalked up to tire pressure. What if the winner crossed the line with a broken suspension component that effected ride height, would it be excluded? No sooner had I washed the frustration of the Silverstone race out of my system with the excitement of the VIR race than did it come back with the post race re-ordering of the results.

    • David Chaste

      August 21, 2018 at 2:26 am

      The finishin driver didnt run over enough marbles/clag on his cool down lap. That would have made up the 50mm This is precisely why teams say “pick up rubber”. Run over as much off line debris as you can on the cool down lap, to raise the ride height.

  3. David Chaste

    August 21, 2018 at 2:28 am

    The minimum is actually 48mm. I doubt they were a long way off that.

  4. screwnascaranditsfans

    August 29, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Hey Dave, I guess we should do it the NECKCAR way and let them keep the victory.

    Postrace DQs are just fine. Maybe position penalties via time might be better but either is better than that NECKCAR crap.

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