FIA WEC: Audi wins the battle of titans at Silverstone
Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer scored the epic victory for the Audi Sport Team Joest at the 6 hours of Silverstone, the first round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The crew of the #7 Audi R18 started the race from the first place on the grid and finished in the same place, but between those two moments we saw six hours and 194 laps of intense and exciting battle against Porsche. The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid, driven by Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb, was 46 seconds late at the finish line but just after late puncture slowed them down.
Both Audi and Porsche lost one car so Toyo Gazoo Racing reached the podium with its #6 TS050 Hybrid, driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Stephane Sarrazin. Two cars of Rebellion Racing finished 4th and 5th overall and celebrates 1-2 victory in LMP1 privateer class.
The new Mexican team RGR Sport by Morand, led by Ricardo Gonzalez, scored dominant victory in the LMP2 class. Team owner and driver Gonzalez was partnered by Filipe Albuquerque and Bruno Senna. American team Extreme Speed Motorsports, which won Daytona and Sebring this year, has to be satisfied with second place. The #31 ESM Ligier-Nissan was driven by Pipo Derani, Chris Cumming and Ryan Dalziel.
Sam Bird and Davide Rigon scored the comfortable GTE Pro victory for #71 AF Corse Ferrari 488. One more reason for the celebration in the AF Corse’s garage is the second place for another Ferrari of James Calado and Gianmaria Bruni.
Ferrari is the winner also in the GTE Am class, with Emmanuel Collard, Francois Perrodo and Rui Aguas at the wheel of the #83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia. Aston Martin Racing finished second with #98 V8 Vantage driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda.
The next round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place at Spa-Francorchamps on May 7.