SÉBASTIEN Ogier will have to wait up to two weeks to discover whether he will regain four championship points lost after a time penalty at Rally Guanajuato Mexico following an FIA hearing in Paris today.
The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver, who won the Mexican round, thought he’d added four bonus points to his weekend haul when he set the second-fastest time through the rally-ending Las Minas Power Stage.
However, officials ruled the four-time world champion’s Fiesta failed to drive around a chicane close to the end of the stage and he was penalised 10 seconds. That dropped him to seventh in the Power Stage results and outside the point-scoring positions.
M-Sport appealed the event stewards’ decision and the team’s representative Richard Millener presented its case to the FIA’s International Court of Appeal today, WRC.com reported. Ogier was not present at the hearing as he is currently testing in Portugal.
At the end of the hearing, the FIA told M-Sport it will give its decision in “one to two weeks”.
If M-Sport’s appeal is successful, Ogier’s lead at the top of the drivers’ standings over Thierry Neuville will increase from 10 to 15 points, as his reinstatement in the Power Stage point-scoring positions will not only deliver him four points but also deduct a point from his Belgian rival’s tally.The manufacturers’ championship standings will remain unchanged.