The Castrol Honda WTCC team has withdrawn its appeal, which sought to reinstate Tiago Monteiro’s victory in the second race at Thailand after the Portuguese failed a post-race inspection of his car.
The decision by Honda means Sebastien Loeb is confirmed as the winner of the most recent round of the second Buriram race, and as a result he will remain second in the standings heading into next week’s Qatar finale, five points ahead of Citroen team-mate Yvan Muller.
Honda Racing Team JAS team principal Alessandro Mariani confirmed the team initially believed it was damage from the first race to Monteiro’s car which caused the ride height to fail post-race inspection, hence the decision of the team to file an appeal.
However, on further review, the team have accepted that the scrutineers' call was legitimate, although the low ride height was not deliberate and that no performance advantage was gained.
Monteiro now sits seventh in the standings, one point behind the independent Honda entry of Norbert Michelisz, with Gabriele Tarquini 20 points ahead in the standings as the Honda trio battle to be the best non-Citroen driver at Qatar on 27 November.
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