After appealing to the FIA, Ferrari finally recovered its victory in the LMGTE Pro category at the 4 Hours of Shanghai. Last November, James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi had crossed the finish line at the head but had then been disqualified following a technical infraction noted during the checks. The ground clearance of the Ferrari 488 GTE # 51 did not respect the minimum height required, fixed at 50 mm by the regulations.
At the time, the stewards' report indicated that the team believed it was the result of contact with another competitor. However, no visible damage had made it possible to confirm this thesis and the officials had considered that there did not exist "no acceptable explanation", thus sanctioning the competitor. The Porsche of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre had therefore been declared the winner.
Ferrari had made the decision to appeal and a hearing was held in Paris, at the headquarters of the FIA, on January 28. The conclusions of this hearing were delivered on Thursday: they cancel the decision of the commissioners and restore AF Corsica in its right, giving the victory to the crew # 51. This verdict notably allows Calado and Pier Guidi to get back in the saddle in the LMGTE Pro title race, the two men taking second place in the general classification behind the Aston Martin drivers, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørensen.
The fifth round of the WEC 2019-2020 season will take place in ten days on the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin.
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