Group N cars excluded from Rally Australia
- 30th October 2006, 11:50am
Following the final Stewards' meeting of Telstra Rally Australia, the drivers and co-drivers of the three cars run by Tango Rally Team were excluded from the event, had their 2006 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship points withdrawn and have been suspended from the remainder of the 2006 PWRC.
The three cars, driven by Marcos Ligato, Sebastian Beltran and Gabriel Pozzo were inspected by the FIA Technical Delegate, who submitted a report to the Stewards regarding the turbo inlet air restrictor on each car.
A decision issued by the FIA Stewards of the meeting states: "After due deliberation, the stewards conclude that the car of Competitor No. 32 Entrant and Driver Marcos Ligato, Co-driver Ruben Garcia does not conform to FIA Appendix J Art. 254 Paragraph 6.1 as all the air necessary for feeding the engine does not pass through the restrictor."
The statement also said; "Both crew members apologised to the Stewards and stated that they were not technical people and were ashamed at this happening to them."
Identical statements were issued relating to Gabriel Pozzo and Sebastien Beltran respectively.
The suspension of all three drivers' points does not affect the championship standings above 8th and therefore, will not affect the outcome of the 2006 P-WRC, as it can now only be won by either Nasser Al-Attiyah or Fumio Nutahara.
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