Spielberg ELMS: Signatech Alpine loses pole position

The Signatech Alpine team has had its European Le Mans Series pole position taken away due to Nelson Panciatici setting his best lap under yellow flags at Spielberg

Spielberg ELMS: Signatech Alpine loses pole position

Panciatici stole pole position from Jota's Oliver Turvey in the dying seconds of qualifying on Saturday morning, but he did so while yellow flags were waving for a car in the gravel at Turn 6.

The stewards of the meeting have taken away all of the #36 car's times and moved it to the back of the LMP2 field, meaning Panciatici and Pierre Ragues will line up eighth.

Panciatici's team-mate Pierre Ragues said: "Nelson did a great job to put us on pole so it is disappointing to have suffered the penalty.

"Nevertheless, it has been a very good weekend for us so far. We will now focus on the race and putting the qualifying decision behind us."

The revised grid means Turvey and Simon Dolan's Jota Zytek-Nissan will share the front row of the grid with the Murphy Prototypes Oreca-Nissan of Brendon Hartley and Jonathan Hirschi.

Five other cars were also penalised after qualifying for failing to respect track limits on the Austrian circuit - and all had their best three qualifying laps taken away.

Those affected were the #37 SMP Racing Oreca-Nissan, the #47 and #49 Team Endurance Challenge LMPC cars, the #53 Ram Racing Ferrari, and the #60 Kox Racing Lamborghini.

Revised grid:

Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car 1. P2 Dolan/Turvey Jota Zytek-Nissan 2. P2 Hartley/Hirschi Murphy ORECA-Nissan 3. P2 Thiriet/Beche TDS ORECA-Nissan 4. P2 Gachnang/Mailleux Morand Morgan-Judd 5. P2 Frey/Niederhauser Race Peformance ORECA-Judd 6. P2 Kraihamer/Holzer Boutsen ORECA-Nissan 7. P2 Mediani/Zlobin Oreca-Nissan 8. P2 Ragues/Panciatici Signatech Alpine-Nissan 9. PC Jones/Catsburg Algarve FLM 10. PC Loan/Verdonck Endurance FLM 11. PC Chatin/Hirsch Endurance FLM 12. PC Pons/Ayari Endurance FLM 13. GTE Ried/Roda/Tandy Proton Porsche 14. GTE Bertolini/Camathias JMW Ferrari 15. GTE Mowlem/Griffin Ram Ferrari 16. GTE Milesi/Vernay IMSA Porsche 17. GTE Perrodo/Collard Prospeed Porsche 18. GTE Jeannette/Montecalvo Ram Ferrari 19. GTE Perazzini/Cioci/Leo AF Ferrari 20. GTC Markozov/Persiani/Frolov SMP Ferrari 21. GTC Babini/Shaitar/Ladygin SMP Ferrari 22. GTC Rizzoli/Gai/Case AF Ferrari 23. GTE Mallegol/Bachelier/Blank AF Ferrari 24. GTE Felbermayr/Felbermayr/Bachler Proton Porsche 25. GTC Millroy/Smith/Twyman Ecosse BMW 26. GTC Kox/Pronk Kox Lamborghini 
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