The 18th stewards decision of the week sees multiple cars have been demoted to the back of the field for today’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
The ByKolles CLM is having to start 54th on the grid, due to a failure to comply with the regulations which state that each driver has to complete a minimum qualifying time and five laps at night.
During Wednesday’s Free Practice the CLM P1/01 caught fire with Pierre Kaffer at the wheel, which forced the team to miss the opening qualifying session that night. On Thursday in the dry, Kaffer qualified the car ninth, but his co-driver Simon Trummer didn’t complete a time within the required margin of 110% of the pole time, or 120% of the top three different cars.
Maurizio Mediani, driving the #27 SMP Racing Nissan, also failed to complete enough night laps, so that that car will start 55th, as did Antonio Garcia in the #63 Corvette that will now line up 60th and last.
Between them are a further four LMP2 cars which like the ByKolles, also didn’t achieve the minimum time in qualifying. The #28 Pegasus Racing Morgan, #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier, #22 SO24! Lombard Ligier and #40 Krohn Ligier.
The offending drivers from the mentioned cars will not be allowed to take the start.