Head of Porsche Motorsport Harmut Kristen feels his team is being punished simply for its good performances after it was imposed with extra ballast in an effort to balance the competition ahead of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours.

After picking up a double win in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone, the factory supported Manthey-prepared 911 RSR was given 25kg extra ballast and the diameter of the two restrictors is 0.3mm smaller than last year.

Going on to be beaten by Ferrari last time out in Spa, Kristen doesn't understand the wisdom of the imposed weight penalty and questions whether the 'Balance of Performance is actually balanced'.

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"Le Mans is the highlight of the year. For our teams and drivers this race represents an exceptional challenge - and we're feeling highly motivated and very well prepared. After our double victory at the season-opener in Silverstone, our car now has to carry 25 extra kilograms of ballast and the diameter of the two restrictors is now 0.3 millimetres smaller than last year's.

"When considering the additional changes made, as against 2013, at one or the other competitor one has to question to what extent is the Balance of Performance actually balanced.

"We feel it is a matter of utmost urgency in the spirit of the sport to find a regulation for the classification of vehicles where you don't have to fear being punished for a good performance, like what happened to us after Silverstone. Nevertheless, we'll work extremely hard to do a good job at Le Mans - just like last year."

Winner of the LMGTE Pro and Am classes last season, Porsche will go up against Ferrari, Aston Martin and Corvette Racing in its efforts to defend both titles.