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The winning Ford GT has been disqualified from Le Mans
Over a day after the LM24 chequered flag fell, the GTE Am winner is punished
After the party comes the hangover. And what a hangover. Just as the heads of the Keating Motorsports team must have been starting to clear following their Ford GT’s win in the GTE Am class of Le Mans, their car has been disqualified. Ouch.
“During the post-race technical checks, the race stewards officially disqualified the #68 (Ford Chip Ganassi Team USA’s Ford GT) and the #85 (Keating Motorsports’ Ford GT) for breach of fuel tank capacity regulations,” reads an official ACO statement.
Ben Keating responded magnanimously, saying his team won’t appeal the disqualification. “We just tried to get too close to the sun.
“Keating Motorsports was not trying to gain an unfair advantage. We were racing to the rules and just too close to the limit,” he told sportscar365.com. “The fact is that our team performed flawlessly, we had a great race and nothing can take that away from us.”
So two of the five Ford GTs racing this year have been kicked out of the standings, but the other three remain. Over a day after the chequered flag, too, the ACO not spotting the irregularity during the race itself.
“The top step on the LMGTE Am class podium is now claimed by Team Project 1’s #56 Porsche,” the ACO continues. “The results of the 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans remain provisional.”
Wonder how many other teams remain on tenterhooks about their result?