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Steward’s decisions form a crucial part of any race meeting, not least series such as the European Le Mans Series and World endurance Championship.

Often, these decisions can be overlooked by the media and race fans alike unless they have significant consequences; for example, we all reported the exclusion of JMW Motorsport’s Ferrari 458 Italia for a breach of regulations with the front splitter (ELMS), or Audi’s R18 exclusion for failing to meet minimum thickness of the ‘plank’ (WEC), both at the Silverstone season openers but little news was made of any others.

But technical breaches are just one part of the ‘rulebook’, a key area is safety and organisation and often, these decisions do not grab the headlines in the same way.

Here are a few of the decisions so far over the ELMS Imola weekend (don’t worry, we’ll update this if any more appear!), Enjoy!

Session Car Team Issue Penalty
FP2 13 Inter Europol Cometition Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (62.99 km/h) €200 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP2 56 AT Racing Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (63.05 km/h) €300 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP2 60 Formula Racing Pit stop infringement: Not fire assistant next to car €250 fine
Quali 25 Algarve Pro Racing Pit stop infringement: Driver shut off engine before stopping €250 fine
Quali 25 Algarve Pro Racing Pit stop infringement: Refuelling in working area during LMGTE Session €250 fine
11 Eurointernational Late announcement of driver change at start €250 fine
Quali 14 Murphy P3 3Dimensional.com Unsafe release of car: Wheel incorrectly fitted €500 fine
48 Murphy Prototypes Late notice of driver change €2000 fine
14 Murphy P3 3Dimensional.com Late notice of driver change €3000 fine
55 AF Corse Duncan Cameron did not attend drivers briefing €250 fine
FP1 3 United Autosports Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (62.67 km/h) €200 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP1 16 Panez Barthez Competition Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (63.12 km/h) €300 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP1 24 Oak Racing Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (63.5 km/h) €300 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP1 48 Murphy Prototypes Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (63.39 km/h) €300 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP1 6 360 Racing Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (62.61 km/h) €200 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP1 10 Graff Racing Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (71.8 km/h) €1100 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP1 29 Pegasus Racing Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (62.1 km/h) €200 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP1 29 Pegasus Racing Overtaking under red flag Cancllation of driver’s laps (Ines Tattinger) & Stop/Go 1min (suspended until end of event)
FP1 16 Panez Barthez Competition Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (71.78 km/h) €1100 fine & cancellation of driver’s times
FP1 7 Villorbra Corse Used tyres from previous event & not declared to tech team €500 fine & used tyres cout towards the 3 sets allowed
FP2 56 AT Racing Pitstop infringement (working on car when not in pit) Reprimand
FP2 41 Greaves Motorsport Wheels removed from car and stored before reviewed by officials Reprimand
Race 22 So24! Breach of start procedure Drive through penalty
Race 29 Pegasus Racing Driver failed to do minimum laps (Remy Striebig) Driver allowed to race but Leo Roussel must start
Race 3 United Autosports Exceeding Pit Lane Speed Drive through penalty
Race 6 360 Racing Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (63.17 km/h) Drive through penalty (1st offence)
Race 3 United Autosports Exceeding Pit Lane Speed (63.92 km/h) Drive through penalty (1st offence)