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Spa 24 Hours makes U-turn on monitor limits coverage

The transfer is the results of what race director Alain Adam described as “exaggerated abuse” of the unique steering issued in the course of the pre-event driver briefing.

The drivers had been instructed that monitor limits would solely be enforced on the quick Eau Rouge sequence in the beginning of the Spa lap as a result of the variety of officers in race management for the double-points GT World Challenge Europe spherical had been decreased because of social distancing.

The tips resulted in automobiles utilising the asphalt run-off at key locations across the monitor.

This included the exit of the Bus Stop chicane on the finish of the lap the place automobiles had been working throughout 10 metres of run-off and proper as much as the tyre limitations.

A bulletin issued on Saturday morning acknowledged that “the track is limited by two white lines” and that “cars must remain in contact with the track”.

The exceptions are the left-hand apex on the high of Eau Rouge (Turn 3), Speaker’s or No Name Corner (Turn 9), Blanchimont (Turn 17) and the exit of the Bus Stop (Turn 19) the place the kerbs past the white line will depend as a part of the monitor.

The bulletin successfully means a return to regular FIA guidelines on monitor limits for the Spa enduro and the imposition of penalties for repeated four-wheels off violations.

Three warnings can be allowed per automotive earlier than a drive-through penalty is awarded.

A driver leaving the monitor can be allowed the chance to “give back the whole of any advantage he gained”, in line with the Saturday morning bulletin.

“In the event of a driver gaining an advantage and not giving it back, he [the race director] may award an immediate penalty of five or 10 seconds, to be taken at the next pitstop.”

The warnings can be reset to zero after six, 12 and 18 hours.

GTWCE boss Stephane Ratel mentioned: “Alain said we would only monitor Eau Rouge strictly, so he kind of opened the door and everyone rushed through it.”

Ratel additionally careworn the difficulties of monitoring monitor limits throughout a 24-hour race on a Formula 1 monitor.

“Circuits like Spa are designed more and more for F1 and this year we have seen the removal of the synthetic grass [laid in strips at some corners],” he defined.

“Monitoring track limits on a circuit design for 20 cars doing a 90-minute race in the daytime is quite different in doing it when you have 56 cars in a 24-hour race.”

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