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Le Mans 24 Hours of Le Mans

Le Mans results finalised following six-car technical investigation

The results of last month’s Le Mans 24 Hours double-points round of the World Endurance Championship have been made final with the completion of technical checks into six cars.

Hypercar podium: #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota GR010 - Hybrid of Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa, #51 Ferrari AF Corse Ferrari 499P of Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado, Antonio Giovinazzi, #2 Cadillac Racing Cadillac V-Series.R of Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn, Richard Westbrook

A bulletin has been issued by the technical delegates from WEC organisers the FIA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest confirming the compliance of the six cars from which components were taken at post-race scrutineering after the centenary running of Le Mans on 10-11 June.

They were the Hypercar contenders that finished in the top three, the #51 Ferrari 499P, the #8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID and the #2 Cadillac V-Series.R; the best-placed car from the remaining two major manufacturers in the top class, the #93 Peugeot 9X8 and the #5 Porsche 963; and the #34 Inter Europol ORECA-Gibson 07 that triumphed in LMP2.

The bulletin issued on Friday shortly before the final result was published read: “Further checks on parts collected at the event on cars #2, #5, #8, #51, #93 and #34 have been performed.

“After deep analysis, all cars were found in compliance with their respective regulations.”

It is understood that the delay in finalising the results resulted from the investigation into the Inter Europol ORECA.

The Hypercar teams revealed at the first post-Le Mans WEC round at Monza earlier this month that the parts taken from them had already been returned and their cars given a clean bill of health.

#34 Inter Europol Competition Oreca 07 - Gibson of Jakub Smiechowski, Albert Costa, Fabio Scherer

#34 Inter Europol Competition Oreca 07 - Gibson of Jakub Smiechowski, Albert Costa, Fabio Scherer

Photo by: JEP / Motorsport Images

The Polish team also confirmed that the spec ECU (engine control unit), the steering wheel and IPS (intelligent power switch) had been returned to the team pre-Monza and ran on the car at the Italian event.

The part that had not been returned at that stage was the complete wiring loom of the car.

The performance of the Inter Europol ORECA driven by Albert Costa, Fabio Scherer and Jakub Smiechowski was questioned both privately and publicly by some P2 teams and drivers.

The focus was on the acceleration of the car in key segments of the track.

Inter Europol’s winning ORECA raced with a gearbox option available to P2 teams that allowed it to run lower fourth, fifth and sixth gears.

The two ORECAs entered by Prema also raced with this option, but GPS data available to the teams showed that the winning car outperformed them on acceleration out of the two chicanes on the Mulsanne Straight and on the exit of Mulsanne Corner.

Inter Europol denied all allegations of wrongdoing and pointed out that the the #34 car was not the fastest car in class.

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