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Duqueine ORECA Disqualified From 4H Red Bull Ring

#22 United Autosports Ligier promoted to podium spot

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Duqueine Engineering’s ORECA 07 Gibson has been disqualified from the 2018 ELMS 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring, following yesterday’s post-race technical checks.

The car failed post-race checks, as the car’s fuel “did not conform to the one indicated by the organiser (Stewards Decision no35)”.

This decision promoted the Racing Engineering ORECA 07 Gibson to second place, and #22 United Autosports Ligier JS P217 to third.

Following the disqualification of our Oreca 07 for non-compliance gasoline, Duqueine’s team manager Yann Belhomme released a statement explaining the reason for the team’s fuel issue.

“Team Duqueine is working with the Cool Racing team to refuel their #9 NORMA M30. The last race of this car was Road To Le Mans where the fuel used was ELF index 102. The one used on all the ELMS meetings is Total index 102. Last Wednesday was organized a day of Private Tests at the Red Bull Ring in order to prepare the meeting. During this day, the gasoline used is free. The Norma M30 staff has therefore used the excess fuel brought from Le Mans.

“At the end of each run, the tanks are emptied in order to precisely refine the consumption on the lap of the car in order to perfect the strategy of the race to come. Some ELF petrol certainly remained in the bottom of the tank and was therefore detected. Between the rounds of Le Mans Cup and ELMS we have a common essence and it is for this reason that it also found in our LMP2 Oreca 07 (less than 0.5%).

“Beyond the huge disappointment of this disqualification, I wish on behalf of the team to apologize to our magnificent trio of drivers who have made an outstanding job throughout the weekend, to our partner Michelin, as well as to all our sponsors and supporters.

“I am of course disappointed but totally accept this decision. This ELMS series in the LMP2 category is of an incredible level and professionalism, and that is what drives us to be at the highest level!

“Finally, I want to support my fabulous team very affected by this error. The work done at the Red Bull Ring by Max Favard and all my guys was at the level of the best World Teams. We fought in qualifying session and during the race for the first position! See you on the first step of the podium at Silverstone on August!”

Updated results can be viewed HERE >>>