ICA Decision - Hearing 18 September, 2018 - World Endurance Championship (WEC) | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

ICA Decision - Hearing 18 September, 2018 - World Endurance Championship (WEC)

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02.10.18.

The following hearing of the International Court of Appeal took place in Paris:

Hearing

Appeals lodged by G-Drive Racing and TDS Racing against the decisions No. 74 and 75 dated 18 June 2018 of the Stewards of the 24 Hours of Le Mans counting towards the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

Appeal lodged by G-Drive Racing

On 18 June 2018, on the basis of a report from the Technical Delegates which stated that “an additional machined part not featuring on the drawing is inserted into the flow restrictor, changing the wetted restrictor surface described by the regulatory drawing”, the Stewards decided to disqualify car No. 26 (competitor G-Drive Racing) from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, considering that this additional part was in breach of the 2018 Technical Regulations for LMP2 and of the International Sporting Code.

On 20 June 2018, G-Drive Racing decided to appeal the decision No. 74 taken by the Stewards during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Appeal lodged by TDS Racing

On 18 June 2018, on the basis of a report from the Technical Delegates which stated that “an additional machined part not featuring on the drawing is inserted into the flow restrictor, changing the wetted restrictor surface described by the regulatory drawing”, the Stewards decided to disqualify car No. 28 (competitor TDS Racing) from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, considering that this additional part was in breach of the 2018 Technical Regulations for LMP2 and of the International Sporting Code.

On 20 June 2018, TDS Racing decided to appeal the decision No. 75 taken by the Stewards during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Given the close connection between these two appeals, it was decided that they would be jointly examined during the same hearing.

Decision of the International Court of Appeal

The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions:

-    Upheld Decisions No. 74 and 75 of the Stewards of the Meeting in Le Mans counting towards the 2018-2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC);
-    Confirmed the exclusion of G-Drive Racing’s Car No. 26 and of TDS Racing’s Car No. 28 from the Meeting in Le Mans counting towards the 2018-2019 World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The International Court of Appeal was presided over by Mr Michael GRECH (Malta), and included Mr André BEZUIDENHOUT (South Africa), Mr Rui BOTICA SANTOS (Portugal) and Mr Philippe ROBERTI de WINGHE (Belgium).