Both Toyota LMP1 cars have been excluded from the results of the 6 Hours of Silverstone following a technical infringement.
Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima headed home the #7 Toyota sister machine of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, handing their third consecutive win to the #8 car’s crew.
However, post-race scrutineering revealed a skid block deflection problem on both cars. It warranted their exclusion from the results.
Rebellion Racing Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Mathias Beche are the winners of the WEC’s third round. They are ahead of the team’s sister car of Neel Jani and André Lotterer.
The front part of the winning #8 car’s skid block have 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 second-placed #7 Toyota’s infraction however was slightly different. The front part of the skid block deflected 9mm under the specified 2500 N load on both sides of the skid block.
A statement from Toyota said: “Both cars suffered damage to their respective front floor areas during the race due to impacts against the new kerbs at Silverstone. 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 team is now evaluating its next course of action.”
— WEC (@FIAWEC) August 19, 2018