Porsche gets Silverstone WEC win as Audi excluded over plank wear

Audi has lost its victory in Sunday's opening round of the 2016 World Endurance Championship at Silverstone to a technical infringement

Porsche gets Silverstone WEC win as Audi excluded over plank wear

The #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler has been excluded under article 3.5.6 a3 of the LMP1 rulebook, which concerns post-race measurement of the underfloor plank.

The front skid block was found at post-race scrutineering to be worn by more than the 5mm permitted by the regulations.

Audi Sport Team Joest was granted a hearing by the race stewards at which it offered an explanation of the excessive wear.

This was rejected by the officials who deemed, according to a stewards' statement, that "it is the liability of the competitor to respect the technical regulations in any case in order [that] the car complies with this regulation".

Audi has lodged an appeal against the decision.

The exclusion means that the second-placed Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb has been declared the race winner.

The Toyota TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi now moves up to second, while the privateer LMP1 Rebellion-AER R-One shared by Alexandre Imperatori, Matheo Tuscher and Dominik Kraihamer takes the final podium spot.

REVISED RESULT - 194 LAPS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 6h01m53.028s
2 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 1 Lap
3 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 11 Laps
4 LMP1 N.Prost, N.Piquet Jr., N.Heidfeld Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 13 Laps
5 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, F.Albuquerque, B.Senna RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 15 Laps
6 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 15 Laps
7 LMP2 R.Rusinov, N.Berthon, R.Rast G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 15 Laps
8 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 16 Laps
9 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 17 Laps
10 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, R.Merhi Manor ORECA/Nissan 17 Laps
11 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, N.Panciatici Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 18 Laps
12 LMP2 V.Petrov, K.Ladygin, V.Shaytar SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 18 Laps
13 LMP2 S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van Overbeek Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 19 Laps
14 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, J.Rossiter ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 22 Laps
15 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 23 Laps
16 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 24 Laps
17 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 27 Laps
18 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 28 Laps
19 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 28 Laps
20 GTE Pro M.Franchitti, A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 29 Laps
21 GTE Pro B.Johnson, S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 29 Laps
22 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 31 Laps
23 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 32 Laps
24 GTE Am Y.Yamagishi, P.Ragues, P.Ruberti Larbre Competition Chevrolet 33 Laps
25 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 40 Laps
26 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 40 Laps
27 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, K.Bachler Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 41 Laps
- LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi Disqualified
- GTE Pro R.Stanaway, F.Rees Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Retirement
- LMP2 T.Graves, W.Stevens, J.Jakes Manor ORECA/Nissan Retirement
- LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche Retirement
- LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi Retirement
- GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche Retirement


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