Belgian team Prospeed Competition have been confirmed at FIA GT3 European Championship teams' champions after an FIA International Court of Appeal.
The court case centred around the exclusion of Marco Holzer and Paul van Splunteren's Prospeed entered Porsche from the final round of the championship, held at Zolder on October 10. Having won the race on the track stewards found the rear brake discs of the car did not match the homologation details of the car.
At the hearing on December 1 the Court of Appeal upheld the stewards decision. However, due to mitigating circumstances they decided to reinstate the pair as winners, reversing the exclusion, instead levying a 10,000 Euro fine upon Prospeed.
“This is a sensitive problem for all teams. In this case, an administrative error occurred in the homologation procedure,” said the team's principal Rudi Penders. “As a team, we have no influence and no control on such a procedure. And we are the ones to be sanctioned. Furthermore, the expulsion is a tough penalty: the team is not cheating and has make no mistake. We would be happy if a solution could be found between the IAF and the manufacturer. Anyhow, I'm proud of our performances and of our results because Prospeed Competition has deserved them on the racetrack.”
The decision leaves Prospeed Competition with 202 points at the top of the championship standings, ten more than the Callaway Competition team who won the drivers' title through Daniel Keilwitz and Christian Hohenadel.