After a post-race investigation, the race organisers have announced that the #32 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 – which finished third in the 4 Hours of Le Castellet – has been handed a 30-second time penalty for its speeds under Full-Course Yellow during the race.
This penalty has dropped the #32 of Will Owen, Hugo de Sadeleer and Filipe Albuquerque down to fifth in the overall classification, costing the team its podium finish. It also means that the #22 G-Drive Racing by DragonSpeed ORECA, which finished second, has had its championship points lead extended from seven to 12 points heading into next month’s round at Spa-Francorchamps.
In turn, the penalty for the #32 promoted the #39 GRAFF ORECA 07 Gibson of Eric Trouillet, Paul Petit and Enzo Guibbert to third place, scoring the team its second podium of the season. The #23 Panis Barthez Competition Ligier JS P217 moved up from fifth to fourth place too.
DSC believes that up to 13 other cars were investigated. In the end, there was also a 10-second penalty for the #77 Proton Competition Porsche, a 30-second penalty to the #15 RLR MSport Ligier, a 30-second penalty to the #5 By Speed Factory Ligier and a 30-second penalty for the #12 Eurointernational Ligier.
Other than the United car’s penalty no other time penalty incurred had an effect on the overall finishing order.