Two IMSA LMP2 drivers on probation for causing crash

Fabio Scherer and Dylan Murry have been placed on probation for the next four IMSA races they enter after their panel-bashing battle in the Watkins Glen 6 Hours caused a crash for a GTD driver.

Two IMSA LMP2 drivers on probation for causing crash

Fabio Scherer of High Class Racing was trying to stay in the slipstream of Juan Pablo Montoya in the DragonSpeed entry as they fought for LMP2 honors, during the seventh round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

However, on the exit of Turn 6, Scherer was behind the GTD Lamborghini Huracan of Carbahn with Peregrine Racing, at that point driven by Jeff Westphal. Scherer suddenly found himself boxed in as the closely following Racing Team Nederland car of Dylan Murry boxed him in behind Westphal.

Scherer decided to move left to pass the Lamborghini and avoid losing out to Murry, but struck the Nederland car hard. Murry responded in kind, knocking the High Class car over to the right. Unfortunately they hadn’t yet pulled past the GTD car, so Scherer hit Westphal hard enough to send the Lambo spearing off the track, hard into the Armco barrier on the inside of Turn 7 before sliding into the runoff area.

An IMSA release today said that Scherer and Murry were “determined by IMSA race director Beaux Barfield and supervisory officials Simon Hodgson, Mark Raffauf and driver advisor Johannes van Overbeek to share responsibilities for an incident that caused Jeff Westphal to crash heavily in the No. 39 GTD entry.”

It went on: “IMSA will continue to monitor all on-track conduct and will act accordingly and consistently should there be a further deterioration of driving behavior.

“Endurance and Multi-class racing is the embodiment of IMSA competition and requires mutual respect and coexistence among all competitors at all times.”

Racing Team Nederland and High Class Racing went on to finish third and fourth in class, respectively, behind entries from PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport and Tower Motorsports.

Scherer is High Class Racing’s endurance extra so was not due to pilot the #20 car again until October’s finale, Petit Le Mans, while Racing Team Nederland is present only for IMSA’s four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds, so Murry’s next race, too, is likely to be Petit, held at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

shares
comments
Kobayashi joins VSR Lexus for IMSA's Canada round
Previous article

Kobayashi joins VSR Lexus for IMSA's Canada round

Next article

CTMP IMSA: Blomqvist puts MSR Acura on top in FP1, Bourdais equals time

CTMP IMSA: Blomqvist puts MSR Acura on top in FP1, Bourdais equals time
The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push Prime

The British pair at the heart of Lexus's sportscar push

Have you heard the one about two British guys driving for a Japanese manufacturer in America’s top sportscar series? Time to sit down and talk with Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat about racing across the pond… and your accent being mistaken for Australian!

IMSA
Mar 16, 2022
Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022 Prime

Why Peugeot couldn't afford to take a Le Mans gamble in 2022

Ahead of the much-anticipated arrival of its new 9X8 Hypercar, Peugeot revealed that it would not be entering this year's Le Mans 24 Hours with its incoming machinery. Although development restrictions for homologated cars are partially responsible, the French marque can draw on its own lessons from its history in sportscars

WEC
Feb 28, 2022
Why the GTP name undermines convergence between IMSA and WEC Prime

Why the GTP name undermines convergence between IMSA and WEC

OPINION: The adoption by IMSA of the GTP name for its forthcoming LMDh versus Le Mans Hypercar era in 2023 appeals to fans of nostalgia - but it undermines the commonality achieved by bringing its rulebook into line with the WEC. GTP or Hypercar, both sides should settle on a single name

WEC
Feb 15, 2022
Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing Prime

Celebrating the weird and wonderful monsters of sportscar racing

Few disciplines of motorsport offer better possibilities to build a colossus of the track than sportscars. For Autosport's recent Monsters of Motorsport special issue, we picked out some of the finest (and not so fine) that have graced sportscar classics including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring

Le Mans
Feb 4, 2022
How Castroneves and Meyer Shank conquered another US classic Prime

How Castroneves and Meyer Shank conquered another US classic

Helio Castroneves continued his fine start to life with Meyer Shank Racing that netted the 2021 Indianapolis 500 victory by prevailing in last weekend's Daytona 24 Hours together with teammates Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud. As Cadillac fell by the wayside, the Brazilian veteran won out in an all-Acura duel to the finish

IMSA
Feb 1, 2022
How Derani's long road to title success exorcised painful memories Prime

How Derani's long road to title success exorcised painful memories

It took Pipo Derani no time at all to establish himself as a winner in IMSA, winning the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours on his first two starts in 2016. But it took until the final corner of the 2021 season before he could become its champion, the culmination of a journey that he believes has made him a better driver.

IMSA
Jan 16, 2022
The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence Prime

The significance of the next step in WEC/IMSA convergence

Following the latest convergence connection permitting Le Mans Hypercars from the FIA World Endurance Championship to compete against LMDh entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023, it could open up enticing options not only to manufacturers but also for the calendar and race formats

WEC
Jul 13, 2021
Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy Prime

Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy

Can Mazda win this year’s IMSA Prototype championship? Undoubtedly. But it will be the culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit. David Malsher-Lopez tells the story of a bizarre blend of heartache and positivity.

IMSA
Apr 6, 2021