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PK Racing loses Vitaphone appeal

Pekaracing fails in its FIA Court of Appeal hearing seeking a greater penalty against Vitaphone Racing
The Pekaracing team has failed in its bid to increase a penalty handed out to rivals Vitaphone Racing in the final round of the FIA GT Championship at Zolder.

Vitaphone pair Andrea Bertolini and Michael Bartels – who beat Pekaracing's Mike Hezemans and Anthony Kumpen to the title by two points – were handed a retrospective 30 second penalty following the Zolder race for having too many mechanics working on their Maserati MC12 during a pit stop.

Despite the penalty, Bartels and Bertolini retained third place in the race which led Pekaracing to appeal to the FIA for a greater penalty to be handed out.

However, an FIA Court of Appeal hearing found that the Pekaracing case was inadmissible as drive through penalty – or retrospective time penalty – cannot be appealed.

The news that the appeal has failed comes just a matter of days after the Pekaracing Corvette was itself excluded from the Zolder results for a technical irregularity linked to the car's cylinder head.

The team has already confirmed it will appeal against the exclusion, meaning the results of the race remain provisional.


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