Well, after the Ford found 4 seconds in qualifying by what they called “setup changes” (read: removing sandbags), the ACO came in and decided to BoP the race
The Ferrari 488 GTE has been handed a 15kg weight increase, with the Ford GT given 10kgs of additional weight and a slight reduction in turbo boost pressures.
Both the Corvette C7.R and Aston Martin Vantage GTE, meanwhile, have been given a 0.2 mm larger air restrictor, which brings the Corvette nearly back to the specification it ran at the Le Mans Test Day.
No changes have been made to the Porsche 911 RSR.
The Ferrari and Corvette have also received a 2-liter increase in fuel capacity, in a move to equalize the stint length of the GTE-Pro cars to 14 laps.
The adjustments come in the wake of qualifying, which saw Ford and Ferrari lock out the top seven positions and the GTE-Pro class pole-sitting No. 68 Ford of Dirk Mueller nearly 4 seconds quicker than the quickest normally aspirated car.
It’s the first BoP adjustment to be made by race organizers post-qualifying in recent history and sets up a dramatic twist onto this weekend’s French endurance classic.
Emphasis mine above. I think Ford decided to show their in hand in qualifying knowing that by then, it would be too late for the ACO to make any BoP changes prior to the race, but that’s obviously not what happened.
I’m rooting for the Corvettes, because Taylor boys. But I do love me some Joey Hand!