The Petersen Porsche Sebring second place reinstated

BRASELTON, Ga. (April 10, 2003) -- The White Lightning-Petersen Motorsports Porsche has been reinstated to its original second-place finishing position in the GT class in the March 15 American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. It had been announced on March 20 that the car was being excluded from the final race results due to a technical violation.

#31 Petersen Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Johnny Mowlem, Nic Jonsson, Craig Stanton.
Photo by Darren Maybury.

Officials of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series, said in the March 20 announcement that the onboard fuel capacity in the Porsche 911 GT3 RS exceeded the maximum allowable capacity of 100 liters. The car was driven in the race by Johnny Mowlem, Nic Jonsson and Craig Stanton.

However, as the result of a review requested by the entrant, the Stewards of the Meeting determined that certain procedural issues regarding the testing of the fuel capacity reasonably present a material question as to the validity of the testing. In addition, the review determined that the entrant did not have the opportunity to question the procedures and request an on-site retest before the car was released.

"This reversal is a perfect illustration of why we have a review, protest and appeals process," said Doug Robinson, Executive Director of IMSA. "In this instance, the entrant presented a very valid case during the review process and the Stewards accordingly reversed their prior decision to exclude the car from the official results of the event."