The Huracans passed pre- and post-race inspection. So why are they being penalized?
Yesterday, we learned thatI MSA was penalizing every single Huracan that ran at the 24 Hours of Daytona by adding five minutes and a stop and go penalty to their overall race time. The reasoning? The cars were way faster in the race than IMSA had anticipated, which means that they didn't conform to the Balance of Performance (BoP) regulations that IMSA had established.
Now, Lamborghini has responded to the penalty by noting that all the Huracans passed tech inspections before and after the race. Here's what Lamborghini's motorsport head, Giorgio Sanna, said:
Lamborghini Squadra Corse has always collaborated with IMSA with maximum transparency, in order to achieve a right BoP.
We are and will be available for IMSA technicians to achieve the performance required by IMSA. However, we hope more FIA components and technical parameters will be used in the future to ensure a right BoP.
The issue is that the Lamborghinis may have met the letter of the rule, but the cars were still outrageously fast compared to the competition. IMSA had to do something. The positive ramification from this might be a refinement of the BoP process to make it similar to how the FIA does it. But, for now, the penalty stands.