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G-Drive stripped of LMP2 pole at Nurburgring

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G-Drive stripped of LMP2 pole at Nurburgring
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Jul 15, 2017, 5:29 PM

G-Drive Racing has lost its LMP2 pole position for tomorrow's Nurburgring round of the World Endurance Championship for a technical infringement. 

#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Ben Hanley
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Ben Hanley
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Ben Hanley
Pierre Thiriet, G-Drive Racing
#26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Roman Rusinov, Pierre Thiriet, Ben Hanley

The #26 Oreca, which Ben Hanley and Pierre Thiriet put on pole, failed scrutineering because its front skid block flexed more than the prescribed 5mm. 

The disqualification means the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca, qualified by Thomas Laurent and Oliver Jarvis, moves onto the class pole. 

G-Drive's pole was its fourth in four races in this year's WEC. It will also have to take a three-minute stop-go penalty during the race as a result of the incident at the Le Mans 24 Hours WEC round last month in which Roman Rusinov rear-ended the #88 Proton Porsche. 

The Le Mans stewards’ decision stated that Rusinov was "completely at fault" for the incident that took place in the Porsche Curves early in the race. 

The G-Drive Oreca was also given further stop-go, suspended for three races, for the incident. 

 

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Series WEC
Event Nurburgring
Location Nürburgring
Drivers Ben Hanley , Pierre Thiriet
Teams G-Drive Racing
Author Gary Watkins