Slovakia FIA GT: Three of top four cars on grid get penalties
|By Gary Watkins||Saturday, August 17th 2013, 18:31 GMT|
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