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Webber, Hartley, Bernhard triumph in Texas

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Sunday 18th September, 2016 - 2:14pm

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Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard take their third straight WEC victory in Texas. pic: Musson/PSP

Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard take their third straight WEC victory in Texas. pic: Musson/PSP

Reigning World Endurance champions Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard crafted a smart victory over Audi in an energy-sapping 6 Hours at the Circuit of the Americas.

The day/night race in Texas saw the #1 Porsche crew claim its third successive victory as it continues its climb up the points standings.

At the flag just 23.6s separated the winning Porsche from the #8 Audi driven by Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis.

Earlier in the race the #8 Audi lost the lead when the diesel hybrid became stationary on the track before it was able to reset and start off again, a hiccup which cost it dearly in the end.

Toyota claimed the final podium spot with the #6 TS050 driven by Stephane Sarrazin, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway.

The #2 Porsche of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani was fourth however their lead in the points standings has reduced from 41 to 37.5.

The #1 Porsche crew have now improved to fourth on 78.5 points with three rounds remaining.

“It was tough racing with fair battles today and Timo’s and Brendon’s drives were awesome,” Webber said.

“After the start we got into a rhythm. In the middle of the race the situation looked stable. The Audis in front were extremely quick in the heat, but this was no surprise.

“But then Audi had a problem and we have been lucky when the timing of a Full Course Yellow played into our hands.”

With just under 40 minutes remaining Webber pitted, handing over to Bernhard for the run home as the German re-emerged with a 20s lead.

A few minutes earlier Audi pulled di Grassi in for a splash and go as it tried to make up track position on Porsche.

However Porsche had done enough to foil Audi’s outright lap speed.

With just under two hours remaining the #1 Porsche benefitted through timely full course yellow conditions and pit strategy to take the lead in a pivotal moment in the race as the cards began to fall the way of the Weissach outfit.

Audi’s chances of victory narrowed with just over 100 minutes remaining when Benoit Treluyer (#7 R18 e-tron quattro) speared off at Turn 19 while in second position.

Treluyer was making an outside pass on the #66 Ford GT of Olivier Pla when the cars made contact.

Porsche further capitalised while the race was under the command of the Safety Car by pitting with Webber taking over the helm and maintaining the lead ahead of the #6 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi.

Webber found himself with a 47s lead over Kobayashi with the #8 Audi of di Grassi third as the race went back to green.

Heading into the final hour, 40s covered the leading three LMP1 machines with the third placed #8 Audi beginning to make sizeable incisions on the second placed Toyota.

The first portion of the race saw both Audis lead the way as a spirited battle emerged between Hartley and Anthony Davidson in the #5 Toyota.

On the opening lap Webber went on the attack, taking second from Duval momentarily before the Audi driver returned serve.

LMP2 was taken out by the Signatech Nissan-powered Alpine driven by Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Richelmi.

Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen took honours in GTE Pro in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage while GTE Am saw Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana claim victory.

The WEC moves to Fuji for Round 7 on October 16.

VIDEO: Porsche wrap

 

See below for full results

Pos State Cat Team Driver Car T Laps Gap Last lap Best lap Av speed Pits
1 1 Run P1 Porsche Team BERNHARD Timo Porsche 919 Hybrid M 186 1:50.335 1:48.218 183.5 7
2 8 Run P1 Audi Sport Team Joest DI GRASSI Lucas Audi R18 M 186 23.641 1:51.889 1:47.052 185.5 8
3 6 Run P1 Toyota Gazoo Racing SARRAZIN Stéphane Toyota TS050 – Hybrid M 186 26.096 1:50.122 1:48.544 182.9 7
4 2 Run P1 Porsche Team DUMAS Romain Porsche 919 Hybrid M 185 1 Lap 1:49.541 1:48.636 182.8 8
5 5 Run P1 Toyota Gazoo Racing BUEMI Sébastien Toyota TS050 – Hybrid M 184 2 Laps 1:51.946 1:48.482 183.0 8
6 7 Run P1 Audi Sport Team Joest LOTTERER André Audi R18 M 180 6 Laps 1:51.003 1:47.158 185.3 8
7 13 Run P1 Rebellion Racing KRAIHAMER Dominik Rebellion R-One – AER D 174 12 Laps 1:56.455 1:54.918 172.8 8
8 36 Run P2 Signatech Alpine MENEZES Gustavo Alpine A460 – Nissan D 172 14 Laps 2:02.597 1:57.251 169.4 7
9 43 Run P2 RGR Sport by Morand ALBUQUERQUE Filipe LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan D 171 15 Laps 2:01.498 1:57.454 169.1 7
10 26 Run P2 G-Drive Racing RAST René Oreca 05 – Nissan D 171 14.915 2:00.930 1:57.035 169.7 7
11 4 Run P1 Bykolles Racing Team WEBB Oliver CLM P1/01 – AER D 170 16 Laps 2:02.185 1:55.889 171.4 8
12 27 Run P2 SMP Racing MEDIANI Maurizio BR01 – Nissan D 168 18 Laps 2:03.343 1:59.634 166.0 8
13 31 Run P2 Extreme Speed Motorsports DALZIEL Ryan LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan M 168 5.773 2:04.503 1:58.914 167.0 8
14 37 Run P2 SMP Racing SHAITAR Victor BR01 – Nissan D 167 19 Laps 2:03.435 1:59.920 165.6 7
15 30 Run P2 Extreme Speed Motorsports VAN OVERBEEK Johannes LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan M 166 20 Laps 2:03.420 1:59.316 166.4 7
16 95 Run Pro Aston Martin Racing THIIM Nicki Aston Martin Vantage V8 D 163 23 Laps 2:08.355 2:05.405 158.3 5
17 51 Run Pro AF Corse CALADO James Ferrari 488 GTE M 163 11.486 2:07.326 2:05.652 158.0 5
18 71 Run Pro AF Corse RIGON Davide Ferrari 488 GTE M 162 24 Laps 2:08.788 2:06.058 157.5 5
19 67 Run Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK PRIAULX Andy Ford GT M 162 13.376 2:07.638 2:06.276 157.3 5
20 97 Run Pro Aston Martin Racing REES Fernando Aston Martin Vantage V8 D 162 18.413 2:07.324 2:05.286 158.5 5
21 77 Run Pro Dempsey – Proton Racing CHRISTENSEN Michael Porsche 911 RSR (2016) M 161 25 Laps 2:08.731 2:06.671 156.8 5
22 35 Run P2 Baxi DC Racing Alpine CHENG David Alpine A460 – Nissan D 160 26 Laps 2:03.459 1:58.194 168.0 8
23 98 Run Am Aston Martin Racing LAUDA Mathias Aston Martin Vantage V8 M 158 28 Laps 2:13.884 2:08.340 154.7 5
24 78 Run Am KCMG HENZLER Wolf Porsche 911 RSR M 158 1:02.838 2:10.819 2:07.527 155.7 5
25 50 Run Am Larbre Competition RAGUES Pierre Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 M 157 29 Laps 2:15.270 2:08.626 154.4 5
26 86 Run Am Gulf Racing BARKER Ben Porsche 911 RSR M 153 33 Laps 3:43.203 2:08.267 154.8 5
27 88 Run Am Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing ESTRE Kevin Porsche 911 RSR M 153 1:17.197 2:08.923 2:07.790 155.4 7
28 83 Run Am AF Corse AGUAS Rui Ferrari F458 Italia M 147 39 Laps 2:11.459 2:09.705 153.1 6
29 66 Run Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK MÜCKE Stefan Ford GT M 144 42 Laps 2:06.463 2:05.244 158.6 9
30 44 Pit P2 Manor RAO Matthew Oreca 05 – Nissan D 157 29 Laps 4:16.075 1:57.816 168.5 9
31 42 Pit P2 Strakka Racing KANE Jonny Gibson 015S – Nissan D 58 128 Laps 2:05.413 1:58.198 168.0 4
Points standings

1

Romain Dumas

130

1

Marc Lieb

130

1

Neel Jani

130

2

Loic Duval

92.5

2

Lucas di Grassi

92.5

2

Oliver Jarvis

92.5

3

Kamui Kobayashi

92

3

Mike Conway

92

3

Stephane Sarrazin

92

4

Timo Bernhard

78.5

4

Mark Webber

78.5

4

Brendon Hartley

78.5

5

Andre Lotterer

78

5

Marcel Fassler

78

6

 Dominik Kraihamer

52

6

Alex Imperatori 

52

6

Matheo Tuscher

52

7

Benoit Treluyer

44

8

Gustavo Menezes

44

8

Nicholas Lapierre 

44

8

Stephane Richelmi

44

9

Nicolas Prost

25.5

9

Nick Heidfeld

25.5

10

Nelson Piquet Jr.

25

11

Bruno Senna

24

11

Filipe Albuquerque

24

11

Ricardo Gonzalez 

24

12

Rene Rast

24

12

Romain Rusinov

24

13

Sebastien Buemi

21

13

Anthony Davidson

21

13

Kazuki Nakajima

21

14

Chris Cumming

18.5

14

Luis Derani

18.5

14

Ryan Dalzeil

18.5

15

Will Stevens

16.5

16

Kirill Ladygin

14

16

Vitaly Shaitar

14

16

Vitaly Petrov

14

17

Jonny Kane

12.5

17

Nick Leventis

12.5

18

Danny Watts

10

19

Simon Trummer

9.5

19

Oliver Webb

9.5

20

James Rossiter 

8.5

21

Nathanael Berthon 

6.5

22

Nicolas Minassian

6

22

 Maurizio Mediani

6

23

Mikhail Aleshin

4

24

Ed Brown

3.5

24

Johannes Van Overbeek

3.5

24

Scott Sharp

3.5

25

Matt Rao

3

25

Richard Bradley

3

25

Roberto Merhi

3

26

Lewis Williamson 

2.5

27

David Cheng

2.5

27

Ho-Pin Tung

2.5

27

Nelson Panciatici 

2.5

28

Alex Brundle

1.5

29

Tor Graves

1

30

Giedo Van Der Garde

0.5

30

Jake Dennis

0.5

31

Simon Dolan 

0.5

32

Matt Howson

0.5

32

Antonio Pizzonia

0.5

33

Mathias Beche

0.5

34

Alex Brundle

0.5

35

Pierre Kaffer

0.5

36

Devi Markozov

0

 

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