Porsche edge closer to Audi after Texas win

Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard have claimed successive WEC wins

Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard have claimed successive WEC wins

The Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard Porsche has taken its second victory on the bounce after overcoming a one-minute penalty in Round 5 of the World Endurance Championship at the Circuit of the Americas.

Porsche’s #18 car driven by Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb had seemed set for victory before it was wheeled into the garage from the lead with an apparent electrical issue with just over 30 minutes remaining in the six-hour race.

With Hartley aboard, the #17 Porsche took the lead before being summoned for a splash and dash with 25 minutes remaining.

Hartley took the chequered flag in a bitter-sweet result for the Weissach outfit.

The demise of the #18 Porsche was a free-kick for Audi which saw its #7 R18 e-tron quattro of championship leaders Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer finish second, just over one minute behind.

It means the #7 crew’s lead in the driver’s championship has been reduced by seven points to 10 over the #17 Porsche.

The #8 Audi of Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis overcame difficulty to claim third position.

Toyota had a mixed bag with its #1 TS040 led home by Kazuki Nakajima in fourth place.

The #17 919 Hybrid had seized control for two-thirds of the six-hour race but its smooth run then encountered a couple of hiccups.

Webber had blasted past polesitter Jani for the lead going into the first corner after the start.

The #17 Porsche saw a sizeable advantage eroded away at the halfway mark when Webber overshot his pit stall.

The error cost Webber 25s with the gap reduced to seven seconds.

“All going super well except for my last pit stop. In this very wide pit lane I overshot our garage. No excuse,” Webber admitted.

In his second stint Webber managed to build upon Hartley’s sizzling second hour stint.

However it then turned sour for the #17 when it was handed a one minute penalty for a pit stop infringement with just over two hours remaining.

Bernhard served the penalty and rejoined in second place, more than a minute behind the sister Porsche which in turn was called in for a routine pit stop.

The #18 had seemingly been en route to a certain victory before the electrical problem surfaced.

It rejoined the race with just under one minute remaining and was classified in sixth place of the LMP1 runners, 12th overall.

With less than three hours remaining the #8 Audi was handed a one-minute penalty for a pit stop infringement.

“It was for dropping a tyre. It was unbelievable because the guys were fantastic and rarely make a mistake,” Jarvis said.

A remorseful Mike Conway rued a mistake which saw him collect the fence in the #2 Toyota TS040 Hybrid which ended the run in the machine he shared with Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin after 89 laps.

In LMP2 the #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier Nissan driven by Sam Bird took victory from Nicholas Lapierre’s KCMG Oreca Nissan.

Porsche were also victorious in GTE Pro with Michael Christensen leading a 1-2 for the Zuffenhausen maker with Patrick Pilet second in the sister Team Manthey 911 RSR.

While in GTE Am, Victor Shaytar took the win in the SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia from Le Mans 24 Hour winner Earl Bamber’s Porsche 911 RSR.

Full results 6 Hours of the Circuit of Americas results

Pos Cat Driver Car Laps Total Time Gap Best time
1 17 LMP1 Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid 185 6:00’12.228 1’47.412
2 7 LMP1 Marcel FÄSSLER, André LOTTERER, Benoît TRÉLUYER Audi R18 e-tron quattro 185 6:01’19.068 1’06.840 1’47.540
3 8 LMP1 Lucas DI GRASSI, Loïc DUVAL, Oliver JARVIS Audi R18 e-tron quattro 184 6:00’12.996 1 Laps 1’47.925
4 1 LMP1 Anthony DAVIDSON, Sébastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMA Toyota TS 040 – Hybrid 183 6:01’58.463 2 Laps 1’49.455
5 26 LMP2 Roman RUSINOV, Julien CANAL, Sam BIRD Ligier JS P2 – Nissan 170 6:00’17.618 15 Laps 1’57.252
6 47 LMP2 Matthew HOWSON, Richard BRADLEY, Nicolas LAPIERRE Oreca 05 – Nissan 170 6:01’38.783 15 Laps 1’56.735
7 28 LMP2 Gustavo YACAMAN, Luis Felipe DERANI, Ricardo GONZALEZ Ligier JS P2 – Nissan 169 6:00’47.979 16 Laps 1’57.747
8 4 LMP1 Simon TRUMMER, Pierre KAFFER, CLM P1/01 – AER 169 6:01’07.092 16 Laps 1’55.560
9 30 LMP2 Scott SHARP, Ryan DALZIEL, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON Ligier JS P2 – HPD 169 6:01’08.906 16 Laps 1’57.572
10 43 LMP2 Pierre RAGUES, Oliver WEBB, Archie HAMILTON Morgan Evo – SARD 169 6:01’08.984 16 Laps 1’58.387
11 36 LMP2 Nelson PANCIATICI, Paul Loup CHATIN, Vincent CAPILLAIRE Alpine A450b – Nissan 169 6:01’09.746 16 Laps 1’56.996
12 18 LMP1 Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid 168 6:01’27.000 17 Laps 1’47.446
13 42 LMP2 Nick LEVENTIS, Danny WATTS, Jonny KANE Gibson 015S – Nissan 166 6:01’28.275 19 Laps 1’57.702
14 91 LMGTE Pro Richard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN, Porsche 911 RSR 162 6:01’45.918 23 Laps 2’05.867
15 92 LMGTE Pro Patrick PILET, Frédéric MAKOWIECKI, Porsche 911 RSR 162 6:01’53.686 23 Laps 2’05.931
16 71 LMGTE Pro Davide RIGON, James CALADO, Ferrari F458 Italia 162 6:02’10.303 23 Laps 2’06.361
17 99 LMGTE Pro Alex MACDOWALL, Fernando REES, Richie STANAWAY Aston Martin Vantage V8 161 6:02’03.409 24 Laps 2’06.327
18 95 LMGTE Pro Christoffer NYGAARD, Marco SØRENSEN, Aston Martin Vantage V8 160 6:00’15.506 25 Laps 2’06.460
19 97 LMGTE Pro Darren TURNER, Jonathan ADAM, Aston Martin Vantage V8 160 6:00’18.294 25 Laps 2’06.693
20 51 LMGTE Pro Gianmaria BRUNI, Toni VILANDER, Ferrari F458 Italia 160 6:00’25.189 25 Laps 2’06.090
21 72 LMGTE Am Victor SHAYTAR, Andrea BERTOLINI, Aleksey BASOV Ferrari F458 Italia 159 6:01’36.793 26 Laps 2’07.170
22 88 LMGTE Am Christian RIED, Khaled AL QUBAISI, Earl BAMBER Porsche 911 RSR 159 6:02’17.647 26 Laps 2’06.227
23 83 LMGTE Am François PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia 158 6:00’13.166 27 Laps 2’07.337
24 77 LMGTE Am Patrick DEMPSEY, Patrick LONG, Marco SEEFRIED Porsche 911 RSR 158 6:00’18.101 27 Laps 2’06.674
25 98 LMGTE Am Paul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDA Aston Martin Vantage V8 158 6:01’50.904 27 Laps 2’07.314
26 96 LMGTE Am Francesco CASTELLACCI, Benny SIMONSEN, Stuart HALL Aston Martin Vantage V8 158 6:01’51.192 27 Laps 2’08.127
27 50 LMGTE Am Gianluca RODA, Paolo RUBERTI, Kristian POULSEN Chevrolet Corvette C7 157 6:00’21.296 28 Laps 2’07.750
28 13 LMP1 Alexandre IMPERATORI, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Daniel ABT Rebellion R-One – AER 147 6:00’48.174 38 Laps 1’54.512
29 12 LMP1 Nicolas PROST, Mathias BECHE, Nick HEIDFELD Rebellion R-One – AER 147 6:01’18.922 38 Laps 1’54.036
30 2 LMP1 Alexander WURZ, Stéphane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY Toyota TS 040 – Hybrid 89 2:56’41.805 96 Laps 1’50.182
31 31 LMP2 Ed BROWN, Johannes VAN OVERBEEK, Jonathon FOGARTY Ligier JS P2 – HPD 54 1:53’42.600 131 Laps 1’59.819

Driver’s points after 5 of 8 rounds

 

Pos

Driver

Points

1

André Lotterer

113

1

Benoît Tréluyer

113

1

Marcel Fässler

113

2

Timo Bernhard

103

2

Mark Webber

103

2

Brendon Hartley

103

3

Marc Lieb

77.5

3

Neel Jani

77.5

3

Romain Dumas

77.5

4

Lucas di Grassi

67

4

Oliver Jarvis

67

4

Loïc Duval

67

5

Nick Tandy

66

6

Nico Hülkenberg

58

6

Earl Bamber

58

7

Sébastien Buemi

49

7

Anthony Davidson

49

8

Alexander Wurz

46

8

Mike Conway

46

8

Stéphane Sarrazin

46

9

Kazuki Nakajima

45

10

Roman Rusinov

24.5

10

Sam Bird

24.5

10

Julien Canal

24.5

11

Filipe Albuquerque

24

11

Marco Bonanomi

24

11

René Rast

24

12

Matt Howson

20.5

12

Richard Bradley

20.5

13

Luis Derani

16

13

Gustavo Yacamán

16

13

Ricardo González

16

14

Nicolas Lapierre

12.5

15

Nick Leventis

5.5

15

Danny Watts

5.5

15

Jonny Kane

5.5

16

Simon Trummer

4.5

16

Pierre Kaffer

4.5

17

Ryan Dalziel

4

17

David Hansson

4

17

Scott Sharp

4

18

Jean-Marc Merlin

2.5

18

Jacques Nicolet

2.5

18

Erik Maris

2.5

19

Jon Fogarty

2.5

19

Ed Brown

2.5

20

Pierre Ragues

2.5

20

Oliver Webb

2.5

21

Harry Tincknell

2

22

Archie Hamilton

2

23

Johannes van Overbeek

2

24

Nick Heidfeld

2

24

Nicolas Prost

2

24

Mathias Beche

2

25

Daniel Abt

1.5

25

Alexandre Imperatori

1.5

25

Dominik Kraihamer

1.5

26

Paul-Loup Chatin

1.5

26

Nelson Panciatici

1.5

26

Vincent Capillaire

1.5

27

David Brabham

0.5

28

Zoel Amberg

0.5

29

Vitantonio Liuzzi

0

29

Christian Klien

0

29

Jann Mardenborough

0

29

Max Chilton

0

29

Laurens Vanthoor

0

29

Olivier Pla

0

29

Alex Buncombe

0

29

Chris Cumming

0

29

Tiago Monteiro

0

29

Mark Shulzhitskiy

0

29

Tsugio Matsuda

0

29

Lucas Ordóñez

0

29

Michael Krumm

0

29

Kévin Estre

0

 

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