LADA driver James Thompson has been retrospectively disqualified from the results of the World Touring Car Championship’s recent events in Hungary and Slovakia.
The Englishman’s Granta racer was discovered to have had a broken seal on his engine oil sump. Teams are required to notify the stewards ahead of any request to break an engine seal, and evidently no such request was received in that period.
The impact of the penalty is negligible. Thompson finished outside of the points at both meetings, claiming 13th and 14th in the two races at the Hungaroring, and a 14th-placed finish in the only race held at the Slovakia Ring after a downpour cancelled Race 2.
The two-time British Touring Car Championship winner has struggled so far with the all-new Granta, which has had a persistent steering imbalance since the season-opening round at Morocco.
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