Penalties have the power to significantly alter a race's outcome, sometimes even hours or days after the winner has been declared.
However, a recent GT3 race went too far with a driver who finished P14 being awarded a win under absurd circumstances.
Stéphane Ratel's 2005 FIA GT Championship created the GT3 class. It was intended as a cheaper alternative to racing where manufacturers and privateer teams could operate cars on an even playing field.
The third race safety car caused the issue. Race control ordered the field to proceed into the pitlane to avoid the start-finish straight crash. Two automobiles followed this order, while the rest did not.
D'station Racing's Aston Martin would have won. Satoshi Hoshino and Tomonobu Fujii were also fined ten seconds post-race for an illegal overtake.
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