The Finn was stopped by German police when he attempted to cross the border from the Czech Republic into Germany after completing the second stage of the new WRC event, which features tests in three countries for the first time.
German police spotted an issue with car’s registration documentation, according to Korhonen, who was sitting 10th in the Rally2 class. It is understood that other Rally2 competitors encountered similar issues.
“Unfortunately, our journey ended after two special stages at the German border for reasons completely out of our control,” read a post on Korhonen’s social media.
“We were on good pace, the fastest Finn in the WRC2 class. According to the German police, the validity of the registration plates issued for the racing car ended when the competitor pair crossed the German border on their way to Prague, Czech Republic.
“Upon returning to the service park after completing two special stages, the police imposed a driving ban on the racing car, and continuing in the competition is not possible.”
The FIA stewards have since elected to issue a 10,000 Euro fine to the Italian B.M.P S.r.l team that entered Korhonen’s car after it was found that the registration documentation contained various falsifications.
The decision has been forwarded to the Italian ASN the ACI for potential further punishment.
The stewards report stated: “The Police found that the registration documents of car No. 37 had “diverse Fälschungen” (translation: various falsifications).
These inaccuracies were recognised to include the following, not necessarily conclusive, items:
a) The plate of the car had the number FO 891A and was the type of temporary plates issued in Germany for export.
b) ‘FO’ are the initials for the place of issue ‘Forchheim’.
In the Registration paper the issuing place Hildesheim is written.
c) This type of plates can be valid for no more than one year, but in car 37 documentation the expiration date is 1 year and four days.
“The car registration certificate was issued to B.M.P. S.r.l. based in Lumezzane (Italy). The B.M.P. S.r.l. is an Italian Licence Holder – Lic. No. 466474.
“Furthermore, the car insurance certificate was found without insurance contract number and with some spelling errors in the contract page, which normally would not be seen in any official documentation.
“In order to be authorised to start, on Wednesday 25th October 2023 the car owner requested…