The Sebastien Loeb Racing McLaren that claimed a front-row starting position for this weekend's opening race of the new FIA GT Series at Nogaro has been demoted for a technical infringement.
The No. 10 Loeb McLaren MP4-12C qualified second by Mike Parisy has had its time canceled for exceeding the turbo boost pressure limit six times over the course of yesterday's Superpole session.
The exclusion means that the car Parisy shares with Andreas Zuber will start this afternoon's Qualifying Race from ninth position. The second Loeb entry, which Alvaro Parente qualified third, moves up to the front row as a result of the decision.
The Parisy/Zuber McLaren is still in front of the HTP Gravity Charouz Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG shared by Maximilian Buhk and Alon Day. It made it through to the four-lap Superpole session but did not take part because the car was in the gravel and not running at the end of the second of the two qualifying sessions.
The final grid for the Qualifying Race has yet to be issued. There could be further changes as a result of a stewards investigation into potential yellow-flag infringements during Qualifying 1 and 2.
The fastest 10 cars, based on the aggregate times of the two drivers in each car in Qualifying 1 and 2, go forward into the Superpole session. The remainder of the grid is decided on the basis of the aggregate times.