Stewards declare VIP Porsche legal amid controversy

The controversial VIP Petfoods Porsche entry

The controversial VIP Petfoods Porsche entry

CAMS stewards have declared Tony Quinn’s Porsche GT3-R legal to race in Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour following a prolonged debate over its eligibility.

The car’s 2013 specification upgrade – consisting mainly of a more aggressive aerodynamic kit – has proven a contentious issue since teams arrived at Bathurst mid-week, leading to a joint protest from the Melbourne Performance Centre Audi and Erebus Mercedes teams.

While the VIP Petfoods outfit received approval from Bathurst 12 Hour organisers last month to run in 2013 specification, a formal request was never put to CAMS, meaning the model was never officially added to the eligible vehicles list.

A CAMS Stewards’ report confirming the car’s approval to race was issued following a lengthy hearing at the circuit this evening.

Read the report in part: “We consider that, if requested, CAMS, in all probability would have approved the request and therefore the vehicle would have been added to the eligibility list as allowed for under Supplementary Regulation Appendix 1 “Notes for classes A,B & C” item 4. which states “Vehicles not on the Eligibility List will be considered upon application and be subject to approval by the Event Organiser and CAMS. Any vehicle accepted and approved may be subject to balance of performance measures”.

“We therefore add the vehicle as described to the Class A eligibility list and find the change not proven.”

Teams will be able to appeal the decision at any time until the race gets underway at 0700.

The Tony Quinn/Klark Quinn/Shane van Gisbergen driven Porsche is set to start the race from eighth place, although Tony will complete the first 50 minutes in his Aston Martin in order to score Australian GT Championship points.

UPDATE: The decision of the CAMS Stewards has been appealed ahead of the race start, leaving the car to race under a cloud.

See below for the full starting line-up

1 63 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A 2:06.2730
2 88 Il Bello Rosso Ferrari F458 GT3 A 2:06.4839 0:00.2109
3 33 Clearwater Racing Ferrari F458 GT3 A 2:06.8857 0:00.6127
4 11 JBS Swift Lamborghini GT3 LP56 A 2:06.9615 0:00.6885
5  9 Network Clothing / Hallmarc Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:06.9835 0:00.7105
6 36 Erebus Motorsport Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 A 2:07.2389 0:00.9659
7  1 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:07.5672 0:01.2942
8  5 VIP Petfoods Porsche 911 GT3 R A 2:07.6015 0:01.3285
9 48 GB Galvanizing Lamborghini GT3 LP56 A 2:07.6838 0:01.4108
10 58 AF Corse SRL Ferrari F458 GT3 A 2:07.9320 0:01.6590
11 29 Trofeo Motorsport / Pirelli Chevrolet Corvette Z A 2:08.6714 0:02.3984
12  6 Skwirk / Oneworld Bar Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:08.7569 0:02.4839
13 71 Equity-One Mortgage Fund Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:08.8931 0:02.6201
14 23 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:08.9790 0:02.7060
15 14 Peter Conroy Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT A 2:09.8581 0:03.5851
16 77 VIP Petfoods Aston Martin GT 2:10.6374 0:04.3644
17 81 DragonSpeed Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT A 2:11.0050 0:04.7320
18 12 ASM/BRM Motorsports Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:11.7360 0:05.4630
19 51 IMAK / KWIKMIT Mosler MT900 GT3 A 2:13.1292 0:06.8562
20 16 Liqui Moly BMW Z4 GT3 A 2:13.9285 0:07.6555
21 30 Hunter Sports Group Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:13.9314 0:07.6584
22  4 Grove Group Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:14.2955 0:08.0225
23 44 Mal Rose Racing Holden VY Commodore I3 2:15.8420 0:09.5690
24 65 Daytona Sports Cars Pty Ltd Daytona Coupe I3 2:16.2340 0:09.9610
25 45 Rentcorp Forklifts Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:16.6129 0:10.3399
26 10 Simply Sports Cars Lotus Exige C 2:21.6981 0:15.4251
27  8 We Are Legend Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:22.0879 0:15.8149
28 54 Donut King Nissan R35 GTR C 2:22.6052 0:16.3322
29 69 Motorsport Services Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:22.6187 0:16.3457
30 67 Motorsport Services Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:24.0454 0:17.7724
31 76 Aston Martin St. Gallen Aston Martin Vantage C 2:25.0950 0:18.8220
32 35 Sennheiser/ Ric Shaw Racing Mazda RX-7 I2 2:25.9253 0:19.6523
33 20 Team Peugeot RCZ Peugeot RCZ Cup I1 2:26.5056 0:20.2326
34 55 Motorsport Services Seat Leon Supercopa I2 2:26.6948 0:20.4218
35 56 Motorsport Services Seat Leon Supercopa I2 2:27.0011 0:20.7281
36 21 Team Peugeot RCZ Peugeot RCZ Cup I1 2:27.6536 0:21.3806
37 40 Motor School Porsche 996 GT3 Cup GT 2:27.6843 0:21.4113
38 62 nurburgring.com.au Lotus Exige S C 2:27.7740 0:21.5010
39  2 Racer Industries Holden Astra HSV VXR I2 2:27.8507 0:21.5777
40 60 1Cover Motionsport Lotus Elise I1 2:28.0710 0:21.7980
41 68 Motorsport Services Porsche 997 GT3 Cup B 2:28.2472 0:21.9742
42 19 Sherrin Rentals BMW 135i D 2:28.4451 0:22.1721
43  7 Maximum Motorsport Subaru Impreza WRX S D 2:29.0967 0:22.8237
44 73 ES Australia Ginetta G50 G4 GT 2:30.9941 0:24.7211
45 13 Bruce Lynton BMW BMW E46 I3 2:31.4765 0:25.2035
46 22 Cootes Transport Ford FPV GT D 2:33.3710 0:27.0980
47  3 Racer Industries Holden Astra HSV VXR E 2:38.9062 0:32.6332
48 27 The Shire Conveyancer BMW 130i E 2:40.6276 0:34.3546
49 70 Motorsport Services Seat Leon Supercopa I2 2:40.6653 0:34.3923
50 26 GWS Personnel BMW 130i E 2:41.5339 0:35.2609
51 17 Showershop (NZ) Subaru Impreza WRX S I2 2:43.9006 0:37.6276
52 24 GWS Personnel BMW 335i D 5:06.7677 3:00.4947

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