As the 12 Hours of Sebring race nears, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) penalized all of the WeatherTech GTD teams that competed with the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 during the recent Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
IMSA announced that it was pena¬lizing Change Racing, Konrad Motor¬sport, Paul Miller Racing and O’Gara Motorsport, along with Lambor¬ghini, under Sporting Regulation Attachment 2, Paragraph 2.9, which reads, “Competitors and manufacturers are expected to provide valid data upon request to assist IMSA in the BoP process. Any competitor or manufacturer who deliberately gives false information, attempts to influence the BoP [Balance of Performance] process, or displays a level of performance beyond the expected result may be issued a penalty prior to, during, or after a race of a minimum Stop plus five minutes.”
The rule further stated, “A penalty assessed prior to or during the Race must be served within the final 30 minutes of the race, regardless of the time when the infraction was discovered and/or the penalty communicated. Penalties assessed after the Race are added to the Car’s finishing time for the Race and may include a lap count penalty.”
Each team was given a five-minute penalty, which knocked the No. 28 Konrad Racing Lamborghini from a fifth-place finish to 10th and the No. 11 O’Gara Motorsport Huracán from 14th place to 15th. The penalty had no effect on the other three cars.
Lamborghini was fined $25,000 and also lost manufacturer points earned in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
The sheer speed of the Lam¬borghini Huracán GT3 was a bit of a red flag, as the four of the five cars turned in faster laps than the eventual winner, the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3. The fast lap of the race, a 1:45.873 was more than 1.4 seconds faster than the best lap turned in by the Magnus car and three of the Lamborghinis turned in sub-1:47 laps, a time none of the other cars in the field eclipsed.
The engines of the five the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 cars and the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi were taken after the race and tested in North Carolina before the penalties were announced.