Audi has opted not to continue with its appeal against its exclusion from the race results at the Silverstone 6 Hours despite the #7 Audi R18 of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer claiming the initial victory before being disqualified in post-race scrutineering due to a technical infringement.
Around six hours after the chequered flag fell at the Northamptonshire circuit, the #7 Audi was excluded from the results due to the thickness of the skid block breaching Article 3.5.6 a3 of the technical regulations which handed victory to the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
After running an analysis it was discovered the skid block suffered 'above-average wear' during the 2016 season opener which was attributed to a bouncing movement.
“We accept the exclusion from the classification and, in the interest of the sport, jointly look ahead,” Head of Audi Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich said. “It it is our job to avoid increased wear – we accept this responsibility.
“We made our decision in the interest of the sport and hope that the eight remaining world championship rounds will be similarly thrilling as the season opener.”