The Sebastien Loeb Racing McLaren that claimed a front-row starting position for this weekend's opening race of the new FIA GT Series at Nogaro has been demoted for a technical infringement.
The Loeb McLaren MP4-12C qualified second by Mike Parisy has had its time cancelled for exceeding the turbo boost pressure limit six times over the course of yesterday's Superpole session.
The exclusion means that the car Parisy shares with Andreas Zuber will start this afternoon's Qualifying Race from eighth position. The second Loeb entry, which Alvaro Parente qualified third, moves up to the front row as a result of the decision.
The Parisy/Zuber McLaren is still in front of the HTP Gravity Charouz Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG shared by Maximilian Buhk and Alon Day. It made it through to the four-lap Superpole session but did not take part because the car was in the gravel and not running at the end of the second of the two qualifying sessions.
The Novadriver Audi R8 LMS ultra shared by Cesar Campanico and Carlos Vieira initially qualified sixth but has been demoted 10 places for a yellow flag infringement in free practice.
The fastest 10 cars, based on the aggregate times of the two drivers in each car in Qualifying 1 and 2, go forward into the Superpole session.
The remainder of the grid is decided on the basis of the fastest time by either driver over the first two qualifying periods