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IMSA’s November test has mostly GTD cars at Daytona

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Only 12 cars are entered for next week’s Nov. 15-16 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship test at Daytona, which owes a lot to the fact the new Daytona Prototype international (DPi) cars haven’t been revealed yet (that will come next week in Los Angeles) and a number of new GT cars haven’t yet arrived to teams.

Nonetheless there’s a handful of key entries among those 12 running. One car apiece comes from Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT Le Mans, with the debut of PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ new Ligier JS P217 running alongside a single BAR1 Motorsports and BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM in the other two classes.

In GT Daytona, there’s nine cars. The pair of Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3s make their public debut; Mark Wilkins and Tom Dyer join the four announced drivers of Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Jeff Segal and Ozz Negri. Lally and Segal are paired in the No. 93 Acura with Legge and Negri – who shared Shank’s No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda at Detroit this year.

The Montaplast by Land Audi and EBIMotors Lamborghini are also on the grid, along with the No. 6 Stevenson Audi, Dream and Paul Miller Lamborghinis, and Sandown GT Racing’s USA Mercedes (the test chassis pictured above from 2015) make up the numbers.

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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