Rumours have been circulating around the Spa 24 Hours paddock all morning of dramas to come after Superpole yesterday saw a dominant performance by all six Mercedes Benz AMG GT3s that made the top 20 shoot out. ECUs from all six cars were examined post session we understand.
An announcement made in the press room some moments ago revealed that all six have been penalised, all Superpole times cancelled for infringements against Sporting Regulations 6 and 10.1 and a 5 minute stop go penalty for each car against Rule 47.
That Stop and Hold must be taken in the first 30 minutes, will be taken outside their pit boxes and will not be permitted during a Full Course Yellow/ Safety Car Period – If the car(s) are in the midst of a stop and hold when an FCY is called they will be advised by a pitlane Marshal on when they will be released. The stops will be monitored by both pitlane Marshals and timekeepers.
The quoted regulations indicate strongly that the cars ran in the Superpole contest outside the parameters of their homologation, and in a different spec to that presented to the pre-meeting technical inspection
The official document makes specific mention of ignition timing irregularities.
Sources have confirmed that all six cars featured several values in one of the three homologated maps in the car (Qualifying/ Race and Safety Car) that did not comply with the quoted values.
Mercedes-AMG reportedly considered an appeal but ran out of time to do so.
The ‘sporting behaviour’ penalty surrounds the wholesale presentation of all six car in that form.
We await a statement from AMG.
That elevates the #28 WRT Audi to Pole position, Laurens Vanthoor setting the pole time with the #16 GRT Lamborghini completing the front row, the #8 Bentley and #26 Ferrari complete row two.
The penalised cars (including the #74 ISR Audi that lost its times for repeated track limits infringements and the £26 Sainteloc Audi which lost laps 2 & 3 in Superpole for track limits) now start in the following order behind the #58 McLaren.
13th #86 Team HTP AMG GT3
14th #56 Black Falcon AMG GT3
15th #88 Team AKKA ASP AMG GT3
16th #26 Sainteloc Audi R8 LMS
17th #84 Team HTP Motorsport AMG GT3
18th #85 Team HTP Motorsport AMG GT3
19th #00 Team Black Falcon AMG GT3
20th #74 ISR Audi R8 LMS