Audi springs surprise at Spa 6 Hours

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Sunday 8th May, 2016 - 5:12am

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The #8 Audi scores victory in an attrition hit WEC race at Spa

The #8 Audi scores victory in an attrition hit WEC race at Spa

Oliver Jarvis has guided Audi to a shock victory in the Spa 6 Hours in a hectic second round of the World Endurance Championship at the famous Belgian track.

Jarvis took maximum points in the #8 R18 e-tron quattro to take his first LMP1 win for Audi alongside co-drivers Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval.

The winning machine registered a two-lap victory over a Porsche’s #2 919 with Romain Dumas crippled by hybrid problems.

Alex Imperatori completed an unlikely podium in the Rebellion in one of the most dramatic WEC races in history ahead of the sister car driven by Nick Heidfeld.

Marcel Fassler was fifth in the #7 Audi while James Rossiter was sixth in the Bykolles machine.

“We certainly didn’t have the pace to win it but we had the luck and the others had the misfortune,” Jarvis said.

Jarvis inherited the lead when the Toyota TS050 of Kazuki Nakajima was stricken with engine failure while it occupied a one lap lead.

There was drama throughout the journey with Jarvis wheeled into the garage inside the last hour for repairs to its rear with the stoppage costing him one of his three laps ahead of the field.

A front left puncture while Timo Bernhard was at the wheel of the #1 Porsche saw the defending World Champions endure a problematic race which led to a second puncture.

The pole-winning Porsche shared by Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber was then forced into the garage for a gearbox change for a lengthy period leaving it classified in 27th position, the last of the classified runners.

After a mighty fight in LMP2, the Signatech Nissan-powered Alpine driven by Nicolas Lapierre took the lead with four minutes remaining to score thrilling victory after a three-car fight.

Davide Rigon won the GTE Pro class in the Ferrari after gaining the lead with less than 10 minutes remaining after James Calado was wheeled into the pit garage with engine issues in the sister #51 AF Corse Ferrari.

Ford realised its maiden podium in the championship with the Chip Ganassi Racing GT of Marino Franchitti, Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx finishing second.

Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana saluted in the GTE Am class in the Aston Martin Vantage.

The race was red flagged approaching the final hour when Stefan Mucke was involved in a heavy crash at Eau Rouge destroying his #66 Ford GT.

Mucke was checked at the medical centre and escaped with heavy bruising.

“I feel okay and it is good to know we have a strong car. Thank you to the team for building me a safe car,” Mucke said.

VIDEO: Race Highlights

See below for full results

1

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

Audi

160

6:00:32.11

2

R.Dumas/N.Jani/M.Lieb

Porsche

158

2 Laps

3

M.Tuscher/D.Kraihamer/A.Imperatori

Rebellion/AER

156

4 Laps

4

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

Rebellion/AER

155

5 Laps

5

M.Fassler/A.Lotterer/B.Treluyer

Audi

155

5 Laps

6

S.Trummer/O.Webb/J.Rossiter

CLM/AER

151

9 Laps

7

G.Menezes/N.Lapierre/S.Richelmi

Alpine/Nissan

151

9 Laps

8

R.Dalziel/L.Derani/C.Cumming

Ligier/Nissan

151

9 Laps

9

M.Rao/R.Bradley/R.Merhi

ORECA/Nissan

151

9 Laps

10

R.Gonzalez/F.Albuquerque/B.Senna

Ligier/Nissan

151

9 Laps

11

R.Rusinov/N.Berthon/R.Rast

ORECA/Nissan

150

10 Laps

12

S.Dolan/G.van der Garde/J.Dennis

Gibson/Nissan

148

12 Laps

13

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

Ligier/Nissan

146

14 Laps

14

D.Rigon/S.Bird

Ferrari

145

15 Laps

15

T.Graves/W.Stevens/J.Jakes

ORECA/Nissan

144

16 Laps

16

M.Franchitti/A.Priaulx/H.Tincknell

Ford

144

16 Laps

17

R.Stanaway/F.Rees/J.Adam

Aston Martin

144

16 Laps

18

R.Lietz/M.Christensen

Porsche

142

18 Laps

19

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

Aston Martin

140

20 Laps

20

F.Perrodo/E.Collard/R.Aguas

Ferrari

139

21 Laps

21

Y.Yamagishi/P.Ragues/P.Ruberti

Chevrolet

139

21 Laps

22

C.Ried/W.Henzler/J.Camathias

Porsche

139

21 Laps

23

M.Wainwright/A.Carroll/B.Barker

Porsche

138

22 Laps

24

V.Petrov/K.Ladygin/V.Shaytar

BR Engineering/Nissan

136

24 Laps

25

K.Al Qubaisi/D.Hansson/P.Long

Porsche

136

24 Laps

26

A.Davidson/S.Buemi/K.Nakajima

Toyota

114

46 Laps

27

T.Bernhard/M.Webber/B.Hartley

Porsche

112

48 Laps

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

Alpine/Nissan

143

Retirement

G.Bruni/J.Calado

Ferrari

140

Retirement

N.Minassian/M.Mediani/D.Markozov

BR Engineering/Nissan

123

Retirement

B.Johnson/S.Mucke/O.Pla

Ford

100

Retirement

S.Sarrazin/M.Conway/K.Kobayashi

Toyota

87

Retirement

N.Leventis/D.Watts/J.Kane

Gibson/Nissan

78

Retirement

N.Thiim/M.Sorensen/D.Turner

Aston Martin

40

Retirement

Points standings

Pos

Driver

Points

1

Marc Lieb

43

1

Neel Jani

43

1

Romain Dumas

43

2

Alex Imperatori

30

2

Dominik Kraihamer

30

2

Matheo Tuscher

30

3

Loic Duval

25

3

Lucas di Grassi

25

3

Oliver Jarvis

25

4

Nicolas Prost

24

4

Nelson Piquet Jr.

24

4

Nick Heidfeld

24

5

Kamui Kobayashi

18

5

Mike Conway

18

5

Stephane Sarrazin

18

6

Chris Cumming

12

6

Pipo Derani

12

6

Ryan Dalziel

12

7

Bruno Senna

11

7

Felipe Albuquerque

11

7

Ricardo Gonzalez

11

8

Andre Lotterer

11

8

Benoit Treluyer

11

8

Marcel Fassler

11

9

Gustavo Menezes

10

9

Nicholas Lapierre

10

9

Stephane Richelmi

10

10

James Rossiter

8.5

10

Oliver Webb

8.5

10

Simon Trummer

8.5

11

Nathanael Berthon

6.5

11

Rene Rast

6.5

11

Roman Rusinov

6.5

12

Matt Rao

3

12

Richard Bradley

3

12

Roberto Merhi

3

13

Danny Watts

2

13

Jonny Kane

2

13

Nick Leventis

2

14

Brendon Hartley

1.5

14

Mark Webber

1.5

14

Timo Bernhard

1.5

15

Anthony Davidson

1

15

Ed Brown

1

15

Johannes van Overbeek

1

15

Kazuki Nakajima

1

15

Kirill Ladygin

1

15

Scott Sharp

1

15

Sebastien Buemi

1

15

Victor Shaytar

1

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