Post-qualifying for the 6 Hours of Nurburgring, the #26 G-Drive Racing has been stripped of its pole position and disqualified from qualifying as it failed to pass scrutineering. The G-Drive can participate in today’s race but they will have to start from the back of the grid. This means that the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car has inherited its first pole position of the 2017 World Endurance Championship.
The G-Drive #26, that Ben Hanley and Pierre Thiriet had taken to a confident pole position, failed post session test when the FIA inspected the car. It was discovered that the front skid blocks flexed more than the allowed 5mm.
This disqualification comes alongside the three minute stop/go penalty that Roman Rusinov picked up at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after rear-ending the #88 Proton Competition Porsche and taking the GT car and himself out of the race within the first three hours of the endurance event. Today’s race will be a race of damage limitation as they try to fight back through the grid.
Yesterday’s pole position marked the 20th pole for the team and the fourth consecutive pole position for the #26 entry this season. The car has strong pace in qualifying, but it seems to have limited luck when it comes to race day.