Seven cars, including Nissan trio moved to rear of Le Mans grid

The now 55-car Le Mans grid has seen seven cars, including four LMP1s moved to the rear today.

The 2015 Le Mans grid has been shuffled following a steward's decision on Friday. The Nissan LMP1 trio, the No. 4 ByKolles CLM P1/01 AER, and No. 45 Ibanez Racing Oreca 03R Nissan have all been moved to the rear of the LMP2 field.

LMP1/LMP2 penalties

All four aforementioned LMP1 cars listed were more than 110% off the pace of the polesitting time at 3:16.887. The time they needed to reach was 3:36.575 and the closest Nissan was still four tenths off that.

The ByKolles entry had qualified 11th, but will now start 29th. Nissan's new LMP1 fleet timed in 12th, 13th and 15th but will now be sent back to 30th, 31st and 32nd.

The Ibanez LMP2 ORECA (penalized for same reason) has been placed in 33rd.

GTE penalties

Going to the back of the GTE field will be the No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia and No. 68 Team AAI Porsche 911 RSR, which was damaged by a fire on Thursday. The Ferrari failed to get within 120% of the LMP1 pole-sitting Porsche. They will start 54th and the AAI Porsche 55th.

The No. 63 Corvette has withdrawn from the race after a qualifying crash, leaving the field down one entry.

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Series Le Mans
Event 24 Hours of Le Mans
Track Le Mans
Article type Breaking news