The #2 Chip Ganassi-entered Cadillac V-Series.R shared by Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Sebastien Bourdais has lost its fifth-place result at the Losail International Circuit after post-race checks revealed that the bodywork of the car did not comply with the homologated model.

In a report published on Friday, it was noted that “the result from the 3D scan and further investigation show that this rear diffuser strakes fitted on the left side and on the right side are higher (in Z axis) and misaligned (in Y axis ) than the nominal value from the official bodywork CAD including the allowed tolerances”.

The stewards received two technical reports in the early hours of 3 March, the night that followed the Qatar round, revealing that the #2 Caddy was in breach of article 3.11.2 of technical regulations.

Team manager Stephen Mitas was subsequently summoned by the stewards on 16 March, where Mitas confirmed that the measurements made by the scrutineering team were correct.

#2 Cadillac Racing Cadillac V-Series.R: Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Sebastien Bourdais

Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

In its defense, Cadillac presented a technical report from chassis partner Dallara, who admitted that two parts were delivered to the GM brand without the final quality control checks.

Although the stewards accepted that there was no ill intent by either Cadillac or Dallara, a decision was made to throw the car out of the race as it still violated the technical regulations laid down by the FIA ​​and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest.

The #2 Caddy is the second car to be disqualified from the 10-hour fixture in Qatar, with the #93 Peugeot 9X8 that looked set for finish stopped on track after running out of fuel also excluded from the results for a double violation of rules .

The DSQ for Cadillac promoted the #7 Toyota GR010 HYBRID of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Nyck de Vries to fifth. It also means BMW picks up the final championship point, with the #20 M Hybrid V8 now classified 10th.

AF Corse slapped with $60,000 for concealing operational staff in LMGT3

In a separate punishment, the AF Corse team has been handed a $60,000 fine for concealing three operational staff members over the course of the Qatar weekend.

During the race, the FIA ​​Sporting delegate conducted an inspection and found that three people (identified as Paolucci, Bedogni, Zaccaria) were seated behind computers and working on technical matters related to the race cars.

They did not wear pink wristbands, which are used to identify operational staff.

They presented themselves to the FIA ​​as marketing and communication staff and revealed that their passes were issued by Ferrari.

Subsequently, the FIA ​​inspected whether they had any involvement in Ferrari’s hypercar programme, but dismissed that suspicion after speaking to AF Corse team manager Bati Pregliasco and Ferrari representative Mauro Barbieri.

However, since they are engineers by profession, a $60,000 fine was announced, $30,000 of which is suspended.

The stewards reasoned that “the lie of the three engineers about their qualities presenting themselves as marketing people has no other meaning that an attempt to cover up the reality of their activity at the time they were surprised by the FIA ​​Sporting Delegate.”

Paolucci, Bedogni, Zaccaria were initially declared by Ferrari under two non-operational lists of staff members, but were caught working on simulation and technical applications.

In a statement, the stewards noted that “these people appeared on the first non-operational staff list submitted to WEC sporting administration via Acotech by the team manager and the sporting director of VISTA AF CORSE respectively Mr Francesco GROMENEDA and Mr Ron REICHERT for the GT3 car No. 54.

“The list was refused on the ground that some of them were not non-operational staff as they are engineers and declared in this quality by the competitor himself. A second list was submitted by the competitor on which two engineers previously declared, Mr BEDOGNI and Mr TOGNINI no longer appeared either on the operational staff list nor on the non-operational list.

“This second list was also refused by the WEC sporting administration on the same reason as Mr ZACCARIA was always mentioned on the non-operational staff list.

“Then the three names -PAOLUCCI, BEDOGNI and ZACCARIA -disappeared from the final lists (operational and non-operational staff) submitted by the competitor and were approved by the WEC sporting administration.”

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