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Drive-time penalties change Rolex 24 GTD running order

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A drive-time penalty for the No. 26 Montaplast by Land Motorsport driver Ricky Feller has elevated the No. 12 AIM Vasser-Sullivan team to second in GTD class results for the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport entry was elevated to third.

The No. 29 was penalized for rule SSR 12.13.2, minimum and base drive-time that states “two drivers rated silver and/or bronze must individually achieve the minimum drive-time and each other driver (regardless of Driver rating) must individually drive the car for a base drive-time as listed in the SR or Car penalized in the drive-time penalty order priority.”

The No. 29 was originally credited with a second-place finish in class and 18th overall.

The minimum drive-time for the GTD class this year was 4 hours, 45 minutes. The base drive-time was 3 hours, 30 minutes. Both times were adjusted by a percentage commensurate to the time lost when the race was stopped for red flags.

NBC analyst Townsend Bell, Aaron Telitz, Jeff Segal and Frank Montecalvo drove the new second-place car.

The No. 88 was driven by Frederic Vervisch, Kelvin van der Linde, Ian James and Roman DeAngelis.

This marks the second consecutive year the No. 29 was penalized during the Rolex 24. Last year they were held for a five minutes in the 10th hour of the race for a fueling infraction.

The No. 63 and driver Toni Villander were also penalized for a drive-time infraction after finishing 14th in class (34th overall).

The No. 29 car has been moved to 22nd (46th overall) in the GTD race results with the No. 63 scored 23rd in GTD (47th overall).

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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