Two Ford GTs disqualified at 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans
The No. 85 Ford GT takes the checkered flag at Le Mans on Sunday.
Two Ford GTs, including the GTD Am class winning car, have been disqualified from the recently run 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans for having fuel tank capacities exceeding the permitted limit.
According to the FIA and ACO, the No. 68 car of GTE Pro class Ford GT of drivers Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais was found to have a fuel tank larger than one permitted by rule. The maximum capacity is set at 97 liters, while the car was found during postrace inspection to have a maximum capacity of 97.83 liters.
As for the winning No. 85 GTD-Am Ford GT of Keating Motorsports, it was disqualified for having its fuel tank measuring 0.1 liter (0.42 cup) over the allowed 97 liters. That penalty gives the class win to the No. 56 Project 1 Porsche 911 RSE or Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti.
In a post on the the 24 Hours of Le Mans official website, the governing body ACO stated the following: “During the postrace technical checks, the race stewards officially disqualified the No. 68 (Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA’s Ford GT) and the No. 85 (Keating Motorsports’ Ford GT) for breach of fuel tank capacity regulations. The top step on the LMGTE Am class podium is now claimed by Team Project 1’s No. 56 Porsche. The results of the 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans remain provisional.”
According to multiple reports, the teams checked the maximum onboard fuel volume at their facility in the U.S. using the same measurement technique as inspectors on the ground at Le Mans. However, since the car was shipped, a Balance of Performance ruling called for a change in the size of the Ford GT’s fuel tanks. The competitors made the changes to their tanks, but given the resources on site, they were not able to do a calibrated check to make sure their readings matched those of the race scrutineers.
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