Ferrari stripped of WEC Spa pole, Porsche takes top spot

The car driven by Antonio Fuoco to a second consecutive WEC pole position in Friday afternoon’s Hyperpole session by a margin of 0.507s has lost all of its times from qualifying and will now start from the rear of the Hypercar field for Saturday’s 6 Hour race.
The #5 Porsche Penske Motorsport 963 LMDh will now assume pole position after Matt Campbell pipped the sole Chip Ganassi-run Cadillac V-Series.R of Alex Lynn by 0.008s.

The stewards report said: «After having checked the Technical Delegate report, the stewards considered the minimum car weight did not comply with the relevant regulations.

«Consequently, the Stewards decided to impose the disqualification of car 50 of the qualifying and hyperpole sessions and the deletion of the lap times of these sessions.»

Fuoco had logged a best time of 2m02.600s to put a margin of 0.507s between himself and closest challenger Campbell.

That effort was fractionally slower than the 2m02.462s Fuoco had managed in the first qualifying session which set the top 10 that progressed to Hyperpole.

His team-mate James Calado in the #51 entry admitted that he «screwed up»  as he missed the cut by 0.021s to Lynn.
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LMGT3 second also disqualified

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The #95 United Autosports McLaren 720S EVO has also lost its second place in the LMGT3 category for the same infringement.
Josh Caygill had been 0.337s shy of polesitter Sarah Bovy’s Iron Dames Lamborghini Huracan in the delayed Hyperpole session that was red-flagged early on following Alexander Malykhin’s crash at Raidillon.
Caygill, Nico Pino and Marino Sato will also have to start from the back of the 18-car grid.
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