Creventic, organizers of the Hankook 24H Series, has responded to MRS GT Racing’s statement that it plans to appeal the ruling that has resulted in the exclusion of its 991-class winning Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car from the Hankook 12 Hours of Zandvoort.
The No. 78 Porsche of Americans Charles Putman and Charlie Espenlaub and Dutch ace Xavier Maassen was found to have had an unapproved oil fitting.
“We as Creventic find it regrettable to see this team or any other teams in such situations,” the statement from the Dutch agency read.
“The rules of the 991 Cup Class unlike most other classes are developed and provided by Porsche Motorsport and are exactly the same as used by Porsche in Porsche Carrera Cup (with some explicit deviations written in the 24H Series Regulations).
“Creventic was asked by MRS GT Racing to check again the grounds of exclusion with the officials. Therefore, Creventic contacted Porsche who provided the technical regulation for the 991 Cup Class.
“The written confirmation by Porsche confirms clearly that according the technical regulations of Porsche the “Fast-Oil-refilling-system” is not allowed. Therefor the officials see no reason to change their decision.
“Creventic is the organizer of the 24H Series, but has no power, right or possibility to change any decision of the officials.
“We as Creventic find it regrettable to find statements of the team on Internet made after the request but before Creventic was able to reply with the received information from Porsche.
“Despite the fact and proof that the vehicle was not according the regulations, the communication with team members about this problem could have been better.
“Although the team was informed directly after the infringement was discovered, it was unfortunate that the team manager was not present to discuss this matter with the race director and could have used the formal possibly to file a protest against this decision with the stewards.
“Creventic will review how to improve such situations for the future, but for example to forbid team managers to leave the circuit until the official results are published is not a friendly solution.
“Creventic has shared the confirmation from Porsche and the information that the officials will not change the decision with MRS GT Racing on 19th of May.”