Audi wins as #1 Porsche crashes in WEC opener

Audi have taken honours by toppling Porsche at the opening WEC round at Silverstone

Audi have taken honours by toppling Porsche at the opening WEC round at Silverstone

Audi has taken victory in a hectic opening round to the World Endurance Championship at the Silverstone 6 Hours.

The polesitting #7 R18 etron quattro of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer had 46s to spare over the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb after a tense battle.

Toyota’s all-new TS050 crewed by Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi was third after it played second fiddle for two-thirds of the race to the sister car which sustained a puncture followed by a costly pit stop.

Porsche suffered a bitter blow to the defence of its twin driver’s and manufacturer’s WEC crowns with the #1 919 crashing during its second stint.

Mark Webber worked through to the lead from the #7 Audi before handing it over to Brendon Hartley who stretched the advantage.

However just over two hours into the race Hartley was passing the GTE Am class Gulf Porsche of Michael Wainwright with the resultant crash forcing both machines out of the race.

A series of setbacks including a costly puncture conspired against the sole remaining #2 Porsche 919 from getting the advantage over the #7 Audi.

“I was always informed about the time gap with the Porsche that was chasing me,” Fassler said.

“I managed to control the advantage well because the way our Audi R18 felt was awesome.”

At just over half race distance the #8 Audi of Oliver Jarvis, Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval was forced out with a terminal issue to its hybrid system.

Rebellion produced an equal best for the R-One with Alexandre Imperatori, Matheo Tuscher and Dominik Kraihamer finishing fourth.

In the LMP2 ranks, Bruno Senna, Filipe Albuquerque and Ricardo Gonzalez scored the win in the RGR Sport by Morand Ligier-Nissan JSP2.

Sam Bird and Davide Rigon led the AF Corse Ferrari 488 to victory in GTE Pro while another AF Corse Ferrari landed the GTE Am prize.

See below for full results

1

M.Fässler/A.Lotterer/B.Tréluyer

Audi

194

6:01:06.963

2

R.Dumas/N.Jani/M.Lieb

Porsche

194

46.065

3

S.Sarrazin/M.Conway/K.Kobayashi

Toyota

193

1 Lap

4

M.Tuscher/D.Kraihamer/A.Imperatori

Rebellion/AER

183

11 Laps

5

N.Prost/N.Piquet Jr./N.Heidfeld

Rebellion/AER

181

13 Laps

6

R.González/F.Albuquerque/B.Senna

Ligier/Nissan

179

15 Laps

7

R.Dalziel/L.Derani/C.Cumming

Ligier/Nissan

179

15 Laps

8

R.Rusinov/N.Berthon/R.Rast

ORECA/Nissan

179

15 Laps

9

G.Menezes/N.Lapierre/S.Richelmi

Alpine/Nissan

178

16 Laps

10

N.Leventis/D.Watts/J.Kane

Gibson/Nissan

177

17 Laps

11

M.Rao/R.Bradley/R.Merhi

ORECA/Nissan

177

17 Laps

12

D.Cheng/H-Pin Tung/N.Panciatici

Alpine/Nissan

176

18 Laps

13

V.Petrov/K.Ladygin/V.Shaytar

BR Engineering/Nissan

176

18 Laps

14

S.Sharp/E.Brown/J.van Overbeek

Ligier/Nissan

175

19 Laps

15

S.Trummer/O.Webb/J.Rossiter

CLM/AER

172

22 Laps

16

N.Minassian/M.Mediani

BR Engineering/Nissan

171

23 Laps

17

A.Davidson/S.Buemi/K.Nakajima

Toyota

170

24 Laps

18

D.Rigon/S.Bird

Ferrari

167

27 Laps

19

G.Bruni/J.Calado

Ferrari

166

28 Laps

20

N.Thiim/M.Sørensen/D.Turner

Aston Martin

166

28 Laps

21

M.Franchitti/A.Priaulx/H.Tincknell

Ford

165

29 Laps

22

B.Johnson/S.Mücke/O.Pla

Ford

165

29 Laps

23

F.Perrodo/E.Collard/R.Águas

Ferrari

163

31 Laps

24

P.D.Lana/P.Lamy/M.Lauda

Aston Martin

162

32 Laps

25

Y.Yamagishi/P.Ragues/P.Ruberti

Chevrolet

161

33 Laps

26

R.Lietz/M.Christensen

Porsche

154

40 Laps

27

C.Ried/W.Henzler/J.Camathias

Porsche

154

40 Laps

28

K.Al Qubaisi/D.Hansson/K.Bachler

Porsche

153

41 Laps

R.Stanaway/F.Rees

Aston Martin

151

Retirement

T.Graves/W.Stevens/J.Jakes

ORECA/Nissan

129

Retirement

T.Bernhard/M.Webber/B.Hartley

Porsche

70

Retirement

L.di Grassi/L.Duval/O.Jarvis

Audi

69

Retirement

M.Wainwright/A.Carroll/B.Barker

Porsche

56

Retirement

Full points standings

1

André Lotterer

26

1

Benoît Tréluyer

26

1

Marcel Fässler

26

2

Neel Jani

18

2

Marc Lieb

18

2

Romain Dumas

18

3

Kamui Kobayashi

15

3

Mike Conway

15

3

Stéphane Sarrazin

15

4

Alexandre Imperatori

12

4

Mathéo Tuscher

12

4

Dominik Kraihamer

12

5

Nelson Piquet Jr.

10

5

Nicolas Prost

10

5

Nick Heidfeld

10

6

Ricardo González

8

6

Filipe Albuquerque

8

6

Bruno Senna

8

7

Ryan Dalziel

6

7

Chris Cumming

6

7

Luis Derani

6

8

René Rast

4

8

Roman Rusinov

4

8

Nathanaël Berthon

4

9

Gustavo Menezes

2

9

Stéphane Richelmi

2

9

Nicolas Lapierre

2

10

Jonny Kane

1

10

Danny Watts

1

10

Nick Leventis

1

11

Matt Rao

0.5

11

Richard Bradley

0.5

11

Roberto Merhi

0.5

12

Nelson Panciatici

0.5

12

David Cheng

0.5

12

Ho-Pin Tung

0.5

13

Kirill Ladygin

0.5

13

Vitaly Petrov

0.5

13

Victor Shaytar

0.5

14

Scott Sharp

0.5

14

Ed Brown

0.5

14

Johannes van Overbeek

0.5

15

James Rossiter

0.5

15

Simon Trummer

0.5

15

Oliver Webb

0.5

16

Nicolas Minassian

0.5

16

Maurizio Mediani

0.5

17

Kazuki Nakajima

0.5

17

Sébastien Buemi

0.5

17

Anthony Davidson

0.5

 

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