Le Mans Update: Ferrari & Ford penalized, no change in race results

Le Mans Update: Ferrari & Ford penalized, no change in race results

Le Mans Update: Ferrari & Ford penalized, no change in race results


At 24 Hours of Le Mans victory comes down to strategy as much as being fast. That is the reason Ford (NYSE:F) and Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) both struck at each other, each causing the other to be time-penalized by race organizers, thought the final result did not change the results.

Ford sought to make Y 2016 a repeat of its 1966 Le Mans victory, where it swept the podium with 3 Ford GTs placing 1-2-3 overall.

A repeat of that finish was made impossible by the # 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE running in 2nd place behind the #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team USA GT in the final mins of the iconic 24-hour endurance race.

 As Autosport repored, Ford tried to do something tricky.
With Ford’s #69 running right behind the Ferrari, and the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK GT running not far behind in 4th, knocking the Ferrari down a position could have allowed Ford to attempt its desired 1-2-3 sweep. 

About 30 mins from the finish Ford protested #82 Ferrari’s position indicator failure, notably it had not been working (along with several others) for most of the race.

The Risi Team chose not to come in to fix the nonessential part, explaining to race officials that they would not have had time to get back to the garage before the end of the race with just 30 mins to the finish.

Team Risi reportedly ignored race officials’ call for a Stop-and-Go, ending up with a 20-sec time penalty and a $5,671.50 fine after the race. 

After the race Team Risi filed a post-race protest, claiming the #68 Ford went too fast through a sector Slow Zone during racing. The race organizers agreed, slapping Ford with a 50-sec penalty that was stacked on top of a different 20-sec penalty for a broken wheel speed sensor on the Ford.

Had Team Risi’s complaint not been countered by Ford’s, the time penalty would have given the win to the Ferrari after the fact.

The result stands with no changes to the final finishing order.

HeffX-LTN Analysis for RACE: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Neutral (0.00) Neutral (-0.10) Neutral (0.00) Neutral (0.10)
HeffX-LTN Analysis for F: Overall Short Intermediate Long
Neutral (-0.20) Neutral (-0.22) Neutral (-0.10) Bearish (-0.28)

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