Lopez speeding in pitlane hands Fuji WEC pole back to Alonso/Buemi
Toyota drivers Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez have lost the pole for Sunday’s Fuji round of the World Endurance Championship.
Lopez has had his qualifying time in the #7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID deleted for exceeding the pitlane speed limit after completing his run.
The decision means that the #8 Toyota qualified by Fernando Alonso and Sebastien Buemi (above) will move up into pole position.
Their average lap time would have been good enough to top qualifying before Buemi lost his fastest time to a track limits violation at the final corner.
The #7 car, which Mike Conway races with Kobayashi and Lopez, is expected to start from the back of the grid.
The final decision on the car’s starting position rests with the stewards of the meeting and has yet to be officially communicated.
The #1 Rebellion-Gibson R-13 qualified by Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani is promoted to second position on the grid as a result of the exclusion.
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October 13, 2018 at 11:07AM