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FIA Court of Appeal decides Pro-Am Championship, SPS confirm return of pair of AMG GT3s

Following a recent ruling of the FIA International Court of Appeal the final results of Race 2 of Monza (13 October), and subsequently, the Pro-Am class Championship standings, have been confirmed.

After Race 2 Vincenzo Sospiri Racing S.R.L. lodged two protests.

VSR alleged that SPS Automotive Performance had committed unsporting behaviour by instructing their Car #10 (Drivers Miguel Ramos and Fabrizio Crestani) to drive in an unsporting manner to benefit their #20 AMG (Drivers Valentin Pierburg and Tom Onslow-Cole) to the detriment of VSR’s championship-contending #66 Lamborghini.

Race Stewards rejected that protest.

VSR also alleged that SPS Automotive Performance #10 had committed unsporting behaviour by impeding #66 several times.

Race Stewards decided to impose a “Stop and Go” penalty against #10 (converted into a 30 second time penalty in addition to its total elapsed time).

VSR opted to take both decisions to the International Court of Appeal

The court decided that the first appeal was not admissible but that the second matter was admissible – they set aside the Stewards decision and disqualified the SPS Automotive Performance e.K team from the Race 2 of Monza PROAM category (The #20 AMG GT3). A 50,000 euros fine was also imposed on SPS Automotive Performance e.K.

Frederik Schandorff, the Danish driver for the Vincenzo Sospiri Racing Lamborghini Huracán outfit, is now confirmed as the 2019 Pro-Am Champion, with 78 points. Valentin Pierburg and Tom Onslow-Cole (SPS Automotive Performance Mercedes) are runner-ups with 72 points. Jiatong Liang-Raffaele Giammaria (Raton by Target Lamborghini) is third with 53 points.

The full FIA Court of Appeal decision is below

Court of Appeal Decision

SPS Return

SPS Automotive Performance returns to the International GT Open alongside their GT World Challenge Europe campaign in 2020.

The GT Open programme will see a pair of 2020 Evo spec. Mercedes AMG GT3s entered.

Valentin Pierburg and Tom Onslow-Cole will mount a third consecutive Pro-Am campaign, hoping to add another class title to their list of achievements.

The other car will be entered in the Am class and in the hands of a new pair of German drivers.

The experienced Manuel Lauck, a three-time class winner at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, will make his debut in the series. He will be paired with Christian Hook who already contested the GT Open in 2018 with a Rinaldi Racing Ferrari.