Marussia assets to be auctioned off on December 16-17

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The assets of the Marussia F1 Team are set to be auctioned off in mid-December according to the website of auction house CA Global Partners.

The preliminary announcement of the auction states that inspection will take place at the team’s headquarters in Banbury, England on Dec. 13 and 15 before the auction officially takes place from Dec. 16-17.

A full catalog of items up for auction has yet to be posted, but the announcement states under “Sale To Include” the following: “Marussia Formula 1 Race Cars (No Engines), Complete Test Lab, Race Day Trailer Fleet, Complete Machine Shop, Corporate Offices, Large Quantity of Spare Parts, Including Race Day Replacement Parts & Tools, High Tech Server Equipment.”

Additionally, a large number of photos showcasing the items are online as well. The collection includes everything from team trucks and machinery to what appears to be a model of Marussia’s 2015 machine.

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Credit: CA Global Partners.

Marussia was unable to compete in the final three races of the season due to its financial problems. It made an attempt to join the grid at Abu Dhabi, but ultimately could not attend.

Nonetheless, the team managed to finish ninth in the World Constructor’s Championship – a final period to the end of a tumultuous 2014 season that saw them score their first-ever points in Monaco thanks to Jules Bianchi but then him being seriously injured in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

At last update, Bianchi is out of an artificial coma and has been transported back to his home country of France.

Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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