The #7 and #8 GAZOO Racing TS050 LMP1 hybrids have been excluded from the FIA WEC following a technical infraction during post-race scrutineering. 

 

Both Toyota TS050 LMP1 hybrids cruised to a comfortable victory throughout the 6 hours, commanding the pace and eventually finishing the race with a 4 lap lead over the third place non-hybrid Rebellion Racing REB-13. The #8 car of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima finished ahead of the sister #7 car to give Toyota a 1-2 finish. 

 

However, during post-race scrutineering, both Toyotas were found to have failed the front skid block deflection test. 

 

According to the post-race scrutineering bulletin, the #8’s front skid block was reported to have “deflected 6mm on the right-hand side and 8mm on the left-hand side under the specified 2500 N load at the front of the skid block”. The front part of the skid block for the #7 car “deflected 9mm under the specified 2500 N load on both sides of the skid block”.

 

The skid block, a mandatory component for Le Mans prototypes, is used to monitor ride clearance between the underside of the car and the track surface, as well as to discourage drivers from excessive kerbing and exceeding track limits.  

 

In response to the exclusion from the 6 hours of Silverstone, Toyota GAZOO Racing said it is “evaluating its next course of action.”

 

“Both cars suffered damage to their respective front floor areas during the race due to impacts against the new kerbs at Silverstone,” said the team in a statement. “Regrettably, this also caused both cars to fail deflection tests in post-race scrutineering. As a result, race stewards disqualified both cars.

 

“The design and construction of the part concerned has not changed since its introduction at the beginning of the 2017 season. Since then it has successfully passed similar tests, most recently at Spa this season.”

 

 

The disqualification means Rebellion Racing will take the overall victory in the top prototype class. The #3 Rebellion R13 Gibson LMP1 piloted by Gustavo Menezes, Mathias Beche and Thomas Laurent will take the overall victory. The #1 car of Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer will finish second to give Rebellion Racing a team 1-2 finish.  

 

This marks the first time in the WEC Super Season where a race is won by a non-hybrid, privateer LMP1 entry. 

 

 

The #17 SMP Racing BR1 of Stephane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev rounds out the overall podium in third position. 

 

Image: Richard Washbrooke Photography