ACO makes significant pre-race BoP changes in GTE

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In response to this week’s Balance of Performance controversy, 24 Hours of Le Mans race organizers the Automobile Club de l’Ouest have made sweeping changes to the BoP in GTE-Pro following a Friday meeting.

Ford and Ferrari have been pegged back while Aston Martin and Corvette have been helped.

Ford and Ferrari are both heavier (10 – 1238 to 1248 – and 15 kilos – 1253 to 1268 – added from the adjusted base weight, respectively, which are net totals of 5 (1243) and 25 kgs (1243) heavier than their original base weight) and Ford has had boost ratio reductions.

Meanwhile Aston Martin (0.4mm) and Corvette (0.3mm) got greater air restrictor openings, although Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan told RACER the team only has enough to create a 0.2mm opening.

Porsche’s Frank Walliser had these emotional thoughts about the process:

Further reports are here from Sportscar365, RACER and DailySportscar, and Motorsport.com.

Fords qualified 1-2-4-5 in GTE-Pro and Ferraris 3-6-7 with their new-for-2016 turbocharged chassis, built to the new 2016 GTE regulations, while the other entries in class all made updates to their current chassis to stack up.