Alessandro Balzan and Leh Keen were originally credited with a fifth-place finish at last weekend's Rolex Series race held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but after further review, the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458, which was knocked around during the final laps of the event, has been promoted to third.
The Marsh Racing Corvette of Eric Curran and Boris Said, which was originally credited with third, have been demoted to eighth in class. Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey, drivers of the Park Place Motorsports Porsche, were moved from fourth to ninth.
The No. 63 entry went into Monterey leading the Rolex GT championship standings, but left eight points behind the championship-leading (and Monterey race-winning) Magnus Racing duo of John Potter and Andy Lally.
With the promotion from fifth to third, Scuderia Corsa's deficit has been reduced to four points with one round left to run.
After the race, Balzan made his feelings known about the roughhousing that took place.
“The cars behind me were not able to pass in a clean way, so I got hit a few times, one which completely destroyed the rear diffuser and closed the exhaust system,” he said. “The No. 63 458 Italia got difficult to drive and lost some efficiency with the engine. My second hit from behind was so hard that I thought I would have to retire the car, but I kept fighting to finish.”
Scuderia Corsa owner Giacomo Mattioli was understandably pleased to learn of Grand-Am's post-event decision.
“Every team deserves a fair chance to compete and the process that maintains this was appropriately implemented by officials,” he said. “We ran a fantastic race on Sunday and are now focused on getting ready to go for the championship at our last race of the season at Lime Rock.”