The European Le Mans Series 4hrs of Silverstone saw G-Drive Racing take their third win in a row. The Oreca 07 driven by Roman Rusinov, Andrea Pizzitola and Jean-Eric Vergne, a fan favourite, took a comfortable lead over the #24 Racing Engineering Oreca by the second hour and never looked back.
LMP3 saw the #3 United Autosports Ligier of Anthony Wells, Garret Grist and Matthew Bell take the class win fractions of a second ahead of the #7 Ecurie Ecosse/Nielsen of Colin Noble, Alex Kapadia and Christian Stubbe Olsen.
There was a twist to the end to the race in LMGTE when the first over the line #66 JMW Motorsport driven by Miguel Molina was handed a 10 second penalty for exceeding track limits, however with a 10.126 lead over second in class #88 Proton Competition meant that the #66 Ferrari kept the win by just 0.126 of a second.
G-Drive Racing continue to lead the championship with two rounds left to go.
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WEC makes its much anticipated return to Silverstone this weekend with all eyes on Toyota after their historic win at Le Mans in June and the announcement this week that Toyota driver Fernando Alonso will be departing from McLaren and F1 at the end of the season.
Along with the excitement of the best endurance series in the word being back on British soil, WEC released their provisional 2019/20 calendar this morning , revealing that visits to São Paulo and Bahrain are re introduced alongside Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, Sebring, Spa and Le Mans. The calendar which was drawn up taking into account fan feedback sees a September visit to Silverstone in 2019 but Le Mans as expected retains its June date, the backbone of the FIA series. The provisional Calendar, which is subject to approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, is as follows:
01 September 2019 4 Hours of Silverstone (Great Britain)
13 October 2019 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)
17 November 2019 4 Hours of Shanghai (China)
14 December 2019 8 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)
01 February 2020 6 Hours of São Paulo (Brazil)
xx March 2020 1000 Miles of Sebring (8 hours) (USA) –To be confirmed
03 May 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
13-14 June 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans (France)
With the two month break since Le Mans over, WEC fans can look forward to a packed weekend of on track action, including the return of Jenson Button to Silverstone for the first time since his last full season in F1 in 2016. Qualifying for WEC gets underway tomorrow afternoon and the 6 hr of Silverstone begins at 12.00 on Sunday.
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A resounding win for Toyota in Shanghai wasn’t enough to hold off Porsche from winning the 2017 Championship titles. The #8 car of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima crossed the finish line just ahead of the #2 Porsche of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, while the Porsche #1 car of Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy took third place.
The Porsche team were already set to clinch the drivers championship with a third place position when the #7 Toyota being driven by Jose Maria Lopez had an incident with a GTE Pro car causing a pit stop and a promotion to second place for the #2 Porsche 919 and handing the manufacturers title, which would have been open otherwise until the Bahrain round to Porsche. It being Porsche’s 3rd consecutive year to win both titles.
In LMP2 the #31 Vaillante Rebellion of Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal took the win after an epic race filled with incidents. It had looked like Jackie Chan DC Racing’s Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent had laid the way for the win after a faultless opening stint, but when the team collided with the No.26 G-Drive Racing car they saw their advantage slip away, eventually finishing in fourth place.
Meanwhile it was victory for Ferrari as they took the GT World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship, with the #51 in third and #71 finishing sixth being enough to seal the title.
The race win however went to Fords Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell, their second of the season in the #67 Ford Ganassi Ford GT.
It was the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 of Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy that took the win in the LMGTE Am class, their third win this season.
The final WEC round of this year and before the launch of the ‘Super Season’ in 2018 takes place in Bahrain on November 16th-18th.