Rebellion Racing has been handed a one-two finish in the 6 Hours of Silverstone after the disqualification of both the #8 and #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing machines after they failed post-race scrutineering.
The #8 TS050 of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima had taken their third consecutive victory of the season on Sunday ahead of the sister #7 of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez, but both cars have now been excluded from the results after both failed skid block deflection tests.
The #8’s skid block was deemed to have “deflected 6mm on the right-hand side and 8mm on the left-hand side under the specified 2500 N load at the front of the skid block”, while the #7 suffered slightly differently as “the front part of the skid block deflected 9mm under the specified 2500 N load on both sides of the skid block”.
The double disqualification means the privateer #3 Rebellion Racing R-13 Gibson inherits the victory with Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Mathias Beche, while the sister #1 of Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer inherit second, while the #17 SMP Racing BR1 of Stephane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev take the final step on the podium, giving the BR1 chassis its first top three finish since its introduction at the beginning of the season.
The stewards bulletin indicated that Toyota explained that they suffered skid block damage during the six-hour event, but this was not deemed to be an acceptable excuse, and as a result the exclusions stand.
“Although there are no reports of the car being involved in any specific incident, the competitor stated that his only explanation for the non-conformity must have been as a result of the car running off-track and sustaining some sort of damage to the internal stays that fix that portion of the car,” said the stewards bulletin.
“The stewards considered this possibility but determined that the design of the car must be able to withstand the normal rigors of a 6 hours endurance race.”