Aston Martin Attacks Maserati Entry

Aston Martin and Le Mans organisers have increased the pressure on ALMS officials over the controversial decision to allow Maserati to run in the American series

Aston Martin Attacks Maserati Entry

ALMS bosses have allowed Maserati to compete in their series despite their car not complying with the series regulations, a move that has drawn fire from almost everyone involved.

Prodrive boss David Richards, responsible for the overall Aston Martin programme and hoping to make the car's debut at Sebring, has promised to "take whatever action was appropriate"to prevent Maserati competing until their car achieves homologation, noting that the decision is "sticking two fingers up at genuine participants."

Speaking to Autosport, Richards hinted at a protest to the FIA, which could ultimately remove the race from the international sporting calendar - if this happened any driver holding an FIA race licence would be barred from competing in the race.

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest at Le Mans (ACO) has also withdrawn its support to the ALMS officials, with ACO officials canceling their trip to the season opener at Sebring on March 19. ACO sporting boss Daniel Poissenot has confirmed that they have "cancelled all flights and rooms"for Sebring.

ALMS boss Scott Atherton has maintained that the ACO will be represented at Sebring, whether Poissenot appears or not.

For more information pick up a copy of this week's Autosport magazine

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