IMSA: Malucelli, Kearby get one-race suspensions

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After their accidents in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Matteo Malucelli (Risi Competizione) and Gaston Kearby (BAR1 Motorsports) have received a one-race suspension and an additional race probation from IMSA. Both re-entered the track on line at a dangerous point; Malucelli at Turn 1 in his Ferrari F458 Italia, Kearby in his PC class ORECA FLM09.

The quick release from IMSA reads thusly:

Matteo Malucelli, driver of the No. 62 car, and Gaston Kearby, driver of the No. 87 car, each have been suspended for one race and placed on probation for an additional race for their actions during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event at Sebring International Raceway on March 15.

Determined to have violated Rule 48.4 (unjustifiable risk) of the 2014 IMSA Rules, Malucelli was penalized for an incident at Turn 1 involving multiple cars and Kearby for an incident at Turn 16, also with multiple cars.

Risi’s No. 62 had a driver TBA listed alongside Gianmaria Bruni for the next round of the TUDOR Championship at Long Beach; the PC class will not be at Long Beach and will resume at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 3-4.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.