The #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07-Gibson has been disqualified from the 24 Hours of Le Mans after Gabriel Aubry received outside help to repair the car after an on-track breakdown.
Aubry was left stranded after the ORECA suffered an electrics failure in the seventh hour of the race, but was able to make it back to its pits after calling the team and receiving instructions on how to carry out an on-track repair.
The stewards have uncovered that a team member supplied Aubry with a component, which the Frenchman then fitted and was able to continue. This is against regulations, which state that the driver is not allowed to receive outside help to repair a car during the race.
“The car stopped on track, the driver exited the car and phone called his team,” the stewards’ decision read. “A member of the team met the driver and supplied a component which the driver fitted to the car. The car was then able to continue.
“During the hearing the team representative admitted to these facts. He also stated that the car would not have been able to continue without this fix.
This is a breach of Art. 12.3.9 of 24 Hours of Le Mans Supplementary Regulations. The penalty in the Regulations is disqualification.”