A revised grid for this evening’s Le Castellet 240, Round Three of the 2020 European Le Mans Series has been issued which, on safety grounds, will see the three classes gridded in qualifying time order in their class, but with the LMP2s starting ahead of the LMP3s, and then the GTEs.
Deteriorating weather conditions from the start of the qualifying sessions saw the GTEs qualify initially on a dry surface which progressively deteriorated through the LMP3 and finally LMP2 sessions as heavier rain arrived.
That saw the overall fastest time of the 34 starters (the #accident damaged #93 Porsche is withdrawn), falling to Alessio Picariello in the #77 Proton Competition Porsche with a 1:54.508, 2.5 seconds faster than the fastest car in LMP2 and almost 13 seconds faster than the pole setting car in LMP3.
Indeed all eight GTE cars bettered the LMP2 pole time.
The Stewards decision reads:
Due to exceptional circumstances during qualifying practice (different weather conditions between each category), after the request of the Race Director, and in the application of article 10.26 of the 2020 ELMS Sporting regulations, the Stewards decide:
To modify the starting grid for safety reason, disregarding the result of qualifying.
The LMP2 cars will start in front of the grid, followed by the LMP3 cars; the LMGTE cars will start after the LMP3 cars.