Laguna Seca: GTS class winner excluded

Gts class winner excluded from American Le Mans Race at Laguna Seca; win awarded to Brabham, Magnussen. MONTEREY, Calif. (September 7, 2003) -- The car that had apparently won the GTS class in Sunday's American Le Mans Series event at Mazda ...

Gts class winner excluded from American Le Mans Race at Laguna Seca; win awarded to Brabham, Magnussen.

MONTEREY, Calif. (September 7, 2003) -- The car that had apparently won the GTS class in Sunday's American Le Mans Series event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has been excluded from the race results due to a technical infraction, race officials announced Sunday night.

Officials of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), sanctioning body for the American Le Mans Series, excluded the Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello driven by Tomas Enge and Peter Kox after it failed to pass the "stall test" that was administered during post-race inspection.

With the exclusion, the GTS class win in the Fry's Sports Car Championships event was awarded to the other Prodrive Ferrari driven by Jan Magnussen and David Brabham, which had finished second in the event. Moving to second place was the Chevrolet Corvette C5-R driven by Ron Fellows and Johnny O' Connell.

The Prodrive team has filed an official protest of the exclusion with IMSA officials.

The stall test is designed to determine if the engine in a car is drawing air from an unapproved source. Technical officials block the normal air intake of the engine and the engine should then stall. If the engine does not stall, the car fails the test.

-alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomas Enge , David Brabham , Jan Magnussen , Ron Fellows , Peter Kox