European Le Mans Series Round 2, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy. Image: John Stevens for JellyBaby.Media

A few hours after the end of the qualifying sessions for the 4 Hours of Monza tomorrow, several decisions of the race stewards have seriously affected the grid for tomorrow’s race. 

TDS Racing, who were fastest in LMP2 with Matthieu Vaxiviere at the wheel, have lost their pole position for tomorrow’s race due to the car not being in compliance to the technical regulations. This non-compliance means the #21 Dragonspeed Oreca of Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman and Nicolas Lapierre now inherits pole position. Apparently there was a breach of FIA Endurance Committee decision #18-0025: tape on the bodywork. All qualifying times of the car have been cancelled. The #33 will now start the race from the back of the LMP2 grid.  

No 31 APR – Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 – Gibson, LMP2, Ryan Cullen, Harrison Newey, Gustavo Menezes, ELMS Monza 2018

The #31 APR – Rebellion which qualified third also saw its qualifying times cancelled due to the height of the front splitter not in compliance with the technical regulation. This car will also start from the back of the LMP2 grid tomorrow; interestingly, both this and the #33 have to start ‘after the last of the LMP2 cars’, which gives rise to an interesting conundrum, which is actually last to start? 

European Le Mans Series Round 2, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy. Image: John Stevens for JellyBaby.Media

It is the same story for the #9 AT Racing Ligier in LMP3, the team also saw all of their qualifying times cancelled due to the height of the front splitter not being in conformance to the rules; they will have to start from the back of the grid tomorrow. Mikkel Jensen had initially qualified in third place, which now will be taken by the #2 United Autosports Ligier JS P3 of American pairing John Falb and Sean Rayhall.  

James Swift in the #6 360 RACING Ligier JS P3 has been denied to start the race tomorrow. Swift didn’t comply with the minimum of qualifying lap times (110% of the best time set by the fastest time in the group). Terrence Woodward and Ross Kaiser will have to complete the race with the two of them and Kaiser has to be the starting driver. 

European Le Mans Series Round 2, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy. Image: John Stevens for JellyBaby.Media

However, it’s not all bad news that came from the stewards this evening: the #66 JMW Ferrari has been given permission to race tomorrow, despite not taking part in qualifying due to the chassis being rebuilt through the day following a shunt in FP2.