Delta-ADR's exclusion from Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 podium upheld
|By Gary Watkins||Tuesday, September 17th 2013, 09:29 GMT|
The G-Drive/Delta-ADR team's exclusion from third place in LMP2 at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June has been upheld.
The FIA International Court of Appeal has announced the decision in the wake of an appeal hearing brought by G-Drive in Paris on September 10.
The move confirms the removal of the G-Drive ORECA-Nissan 03 shared by Mike Conway, John Martin and Roman Rusinov from the results and the promotion of the Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan Z11SN driven by Michael Krumm, Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordonez to the final podium position.
The G-Drive entry was disqualified after the race when its fuel tank was found to be over the 75-litre class maximum by a margin believed to be significantly less than one litre.
Delta-ADR is known not to have disputed the measurement and is understood to have appealed its exclusion on procedural grounds.
Both entries had the backing of engine supplier Nissan: G-Drive/Delta-ADR is known as a "Nissan partner team", and the Greaves car was sponsored by the Japanese manufacturer and raced by three drivers with factory contracts.
Nissan global motorsport boss Darren Cox said: "We were sorry to hear that G-Drive lost their Le Mans podium.
"It is a bittersweet ruling, though, and I can't help but feel very proud of Lucas, Jann and Michael for taking a podium finish at Le Mans."
First and second positions in P2 at this year's Le Mans were taken by two OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2s.