Beechdean Motorsport have successfully appealed their disqualification from yesterday’s Intelligent Money British GT Championship qualifying session. The team argued force-majure meant that they couldn’t complete two timed laps during Q1, while Andrew Howard had the wheel of the #97 Aston Martin V8 Vantage AMR GT3.
Barwell Motorsport also appealed their disqualification from the session, in which several cars transgressed championship regulation 41.4, but were unsuccessful, despite also claiming force majure.
The regulation in question states:
The stewards rejected the Barwell Motorsport appeal, commenting that other teams completed two timed laps of the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit despite changing tyres during the 10-minute qualifying 1 session. Barwell Motorsport argued that the need to change tyres meant that they couldn’t comply with the regulation.
Beechdean took an alternative argument to the stewards. Their appeal was based on the unexpected failure of a mandatory component from a third-party supplier. Translating: The Pirelli tyres the team fitted to Andrew Howard’s car in qualifying caused a vibration in the car which made it undrivable. The second set also caused a vibration. Therefore the team had to pit twice for fresh tyres in the session which meant that there was insufficient time for two flying laps in the session.
The stewards accepted that this argument constituted force majure and Beechdean have been restored to their qualifying position on the pole.
The decision returns championship hopefuls Darren Leung and Dan Harper to second place on the grid. Other penalties as a result of qualifying still stand.