FIA WEC: Nürburgring victory for #1 Porsche champions crew
The championship winning #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid is again on the victorious pace. Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard take the victory in the 6 hours of Nürburgring, the fourth round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. It’s the first victory of the season for the 2015 championship winning crew.
Reigning champions won ahead two Audi R18 crews. The #8 car, driven by Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis and Lucas di Grassi, crossed the finish line 53.787sec after the winners, few meters in front of #7 Audi of Andre Loterrer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler. The #2 Porsche crew finished fourth, a minute and a half behind sister car. Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas dropped out of contention for victory in penultimate hour, after a collision with one GTE car.
In the LMP2 class, Signatech Alpine’s #36 Alpine 460 took the third victory in a row to stretch the title advantage. Drivers were Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi. RGR Sports by Morand take second podium of the season. The #43 Ligier JS P2 was driven by Bruno Senna, Ricardo Gonzalez and Filipe Albuquerque. The #31 Extreme Speed Motorsport Ligier-Nissan of Derani/Cumming and Dalziel take third podium of year.
In the GTE Pro class, first victory of the season came for Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado in #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488GTE. Another AF Corse crew, Sam Bird and Davide Rigon in the #71 car, finished second. Aston Martin Racing’s #95 car led for most of the race, but Marco Sorenson and Nicki Thiim finished third.
Another AMR crew, Mathias Lauda, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy in #98 car, take the second win of the 2016 season in the GTE Am class, ahead of #78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR. Third GTE Am place went to #83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas.