G-Drive disqualified in Bahrain

After taking their sixth pole position of the season, G-Drive #26 has been disqualified from qualifying and lost their LMP2 class pole position. The car failed scrutineering after taking class pole by just 0.002 seconds.

The accumulative pole position time of 1:49.690 was set by Roman Rusinov and returning Rene Rast to take the team’s sixth pole position of the season. However, after it was discovered that the car was running non-homologated brake cooling ducts it was disqualified from the session. The team will need to resolve this before the 6h race starts.

This was devastating news for the whole team, but especially for Rusinov who is the only #26 G-Drive driver who can take second in the LMP2 Driver’s Championship from the #43 RGR Sport crew. He had had the advantage starting from pole with RGR qualifying fourth but this disqualification puts the #26 at the back of the field and hands the advantage back to RGR #43.

#26 G-Drive needs to finish scoring 12 points more than #43 RGR Sport for Rusinov to take second place in the LMP2 Driver’s standings. If G-Drive win, RGR need to finish fifth or lower to be outscored. As long as RGR Sport finish fourth or higher they will hold onto second in the LMP2 standings.

After the disqualification, 2016 LMP2 Champions #36 Signatech Alpine take pole position, the #44 Manor Racing car will start second in class and RGR Sport #43 takes third on the LMP2 grid.