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IMSA: Malucelli, Kearby get one-race suspensions

Mar 26, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT


After their accidents in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Matteo Malucelli (Risi Competizione) and Gaston Kearby (BAR1 Motorsports) have received a one-race suspension and an additional race probation from IMSA. Both re-entered the track on line at a dangerous point; Malucelli at Turn 1 in his Ferrari F458 Italia, Kearby in his PC class ORECA FLM09.

The quick release from IMSA reads thusly:

Matteo Malucelli, driver of the No. 62 car, and Gaston Kearby, driver of the No. 87 car, each have been suspended for one race and placed on probation for an additional race for their actions during the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event at Sebring International Raceway on March 15.

Determined to have violated Rule 48.4 (unjustifiable risk) of the 2014 IMSA Rules, Malucelli was penalized for an incident at Turn 1 involving multiple cars and Kearby for an incident at Turn 16, also with multiple cars.

Risi’s No. 62 had a driver TBA listed alongside Gianmaria Bruni for the next round of the TUDOR Championship at Long Beach; the PC class will not be at Long Beach and will resume at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 3-4.

  1. testover6370 - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Kearby has really been piled on for his crash, but in some ways Malucelli’s crash was even less forgivable. His wasn’t as visually spectacular, but at least Kearby has the excuse of being an amateur. Malucelli is a pro and should have known better.

    Either way its a moot point, as a Malucelli has been sacked and I don’t think Kearby was expected back in the BAR1 car come Laguna Seca.

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