The World Touring Car Championship organisers have decided to exclude the Honda Racing Team from the results of the last two rounds of the championship after they discovered the team were breaching technical regulations by using a flat floor which is illegal.
At the Hungaroring the Honda team’s three factory Civics and Ferenc Ficza’s independent Zengo Motorsport car were all investigated after the stewards and Manuel Leal (the FIA Technical Delegate) decided to look into whether the three parts of the flat floors complied with the WTCC regulations on all four of the cars. The Honda team were cleared by the stewards on the Sunday of the race weekend in Hungary but there was a second investigation launched three weeks ago in Morocco.
The post race technical reports were passed onto stewards at this weekends round of the championship at the Nurburgring/ Nordschleife. The panel of stewards convened on Thursday and after its review of the reports they found that the floors were not compliant to the regulations in two ways.
One of the stewards statements read “it is different to the part featuring in the homologation form extension A-5747 210/07 ER, as well as the part presented during the homologation inspection, breach of articles 263.003 and 263.004 of the Appendix J”
“Their contstruction is not in compliance with the definition of composite applicable at the time of the homologation of the extension A5747 201/07 ER (article 126.96.36.199 of the Appendix J) breach of article 263.902 of the Appendix J”
The result of the stewards investigation saw the decision made to exclude all four cars from the results at the Hungaroring and Marrakech race weekend rounds. Included in this exclusion is of course Honda’s podium sweep, led by Rob Huff during the second Marrakech race. Jose Maria Lopez is handed the victory instead after the decision was made to exclude all four Honda Civics.
Honda has since lodged its right to appeal their decision. In a statement released by the team it read “we strongly disagree with the content of the technical report that had led to stewards’ decision no.1,3,5,6,7 and 8. We are totally convinced that our flat floors are in full compliance with the current FIA World Touring Car Championship technical regulations. Appeals will therefore be lodged against all decisions.”
© Fay Tilley 29th May 2016.