Hart­ley given of­fi­cial warn­ing af­ter clash with Wain­wright pre­vented vic­tory

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Bren­don Hart­ley was given an of­fi­cial rep­ri­mand by World En­durance Cham­pi­onship stew­ards for caus­ing a col­li­sion with the Gulf Rac­ing Porsche of Mike Wain­wright.

The #1 Porsche was on course to win when Hart­ley at­tempted to lap Wain­wright around the out­side of the fast left-han­der at Farm. Wain­wright fol­lowed his usual line and as Hart­ley moved left af­ter clam­ber­ing over the rum­ble strip at the exit he hit the Porsche.

The LMP1 ma­chine was launched onto its side be­fore re­turn­ing to its wheels as both cars flew into the gravel trap.

Hart­ley was de­scribed as be­ing “re­spon­si­ble for the lack of cau­tion” in lap­ping Wain­wright by stew­ards.

“I wanted to get past a GT car on the out­side, which is quite nor­mal through there,” said Hart­ley be­fore the stew­ards’ de­ci­sion. “But the driver didn’t see me and used all of the road. I don’t want to blame any­one but it was a shocking mo­ment.”

Wain­wright was also un­in­jured in the crash. “I was a pas­sen­ger,” he said. “I didn’t even know he was there.”

Porsche was on course for vic­tory

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