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Slovakia FIA GT: Three of top four cars on grid get penalties

Loeb McLaren, Slovakia FIA GT 2013

Three of the top four cars on the grid for the first of Sunday's pair of FIA GT Series races at the Slovakia Ring have been excluded from the superpole session.

The two Sebastien Loeb Racing McLaren MP4-12Cs, qualified second and third by Mike Parisy and Alvaro Parente, and the fourth-placed WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra that took fourth spot have lost their times for procedural errors and been demoted.

All three cars failed to leave the pitlane more than five seconds after their target time during superpole, during which cars are meant to take to the track at 20-second intervals.

The three cars will line up on the grid for the qualifying race on the basis of their times in qualifying 1 and 2.

That means the Parente McLaren will start eighth, the Vanthoor Audi ninth and the second Loeb car 10th.

The exclusions mean that the best of the Reiter-run Blancpain Lamborghini Gallardo LP560s qualified by Stefan Rosina moves up to second, while Andreas Simonsen has been promoted to third place in his Pro-Am class HTP Gravity Charouz Mercedes SLS AMG.

Revised starting grid:

Pos  Drivers                      Team/Car
 1.  Mayr-Melnhof/Rast            WRT Audi
 2.  Kox/Rosina                   Reiter Lamborghini
 3.  Simonsen/Afanasiev           Gravity Charouz Mercedes
 4.  Khodair/Bueno                Brasil BMW
 5.  Proczyk/Baumann              Grasser Lamborghini
 6.  Day/Buhk                     Gravity Charouz Mercedes
 7.  von Thurn und Taxis/Basseng  Reiter Lamborghini
 8.  Loeb/Parente                 Loeb McLaren
 9.  Ortelli/Vanthoor             WRT Audi
10.  Zuber/Parisy                 Loeb McLaren
11.  Sandstrom/Stippler           WRT Audi
12.  Reip/Buncombe                RJN Nissan
13.  Salaquarda/Onidi             AF Ferrari
14.  Sdanewitsch/Rugolo           AF Ferrari
15.  Chandhok/Seyffarth           Seyffarth Mercedes
16.  Stumpf/Cunha                 Rodrive Lamborghini
17.  Sladecka/Ebrahim             India BMW
18.  Vieira/Campanico             Novadriver Audi
19.  Zonta/Simenez                Brasil BMW
20.  Charouz/Stovicek             Gravity Charouz Mercedes
21.  Michael/Haupt                Seyffarth Mercedes
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