car no 7 driven by Marcel Fässler/ André Lotterer/ Benoît Tréluyer has won the
season opener of World Endurance Championship at 6 hours of Silverstone after a
nail biting battle with Porsche Team’s car no 18 driven by the trio Romain
Dumas/Neel Jani/Marc Lieb who finished 2nd and car no 1 of Anthony Davidson/Sebastien
Buemi/Kazuki Nakajima of Toyota Racing finished on the last step of the podium.
Team’s car no 17 on pole and Mark Webber behind the wheel at the start, Webber
got a good start off the line while the Audis and Toyotas and other Porsche
LMP1 cars battled for track position from the very start of the race. Webber
was able to pull away from the pack gradually with his amazing start on the
first lap, but 44 laps into the race, car no 17 started to reveal its gremlins.
Porsche was forced to pit the car due to gearbox issues, and soon retire from
the race as they would not be able to repair the car in time. This left Audi
Sport’s no 7 to take the lead and on to win the race.
wasn’t all easy for Audi as the remaining no 18 Porsche took the fight straight
to final stages of the race with neither car giving up. Track positions were
traded like stocks; eventually the no. 7 Audi was victorious with a 4.610
second advantage. At the beginning, events in the race did not seem to augur
well for the no. 7 Audi. As Benoît Tréluyer struggled to engage the correct
gears, who had started fifth, lost a lot of ground and had to battle his way
forwards again through half of the field on the first laps. After two and a
half hours, André Lotterer took over driving duties from Marcel Fässler and 30
minutes later the lead in the race.
fourth was Toyota Racing’s car no. 2 driven by Conway/Sarrazin/Wurz. Lucas di
Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis took fifth place following two unscheduled
pit stops for Audi Sport in the sister car.
racing’s no. 26 clinched victory for the LMP2 category driven by Sam Bird,
Julien Canal and Roman Rusinov while sister car no 28 finished 2nd
both powered by Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 engines. Car no 30 of Extreme Speed
Motorsport finished 3rd powered by a Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6
Bruni/Toni Vilander driving car no 51 for AF Corse team in the Ferrari 458
Italia GT2 finished first in class and 10th overall, ahead of Richard
Lietz/Michael Christensen for Porsche Team Manthey finshed 2nd in
the Porsche 911 RSR no 91 and AF Corse team’s car no 71 finished 3rd
in class driven by Davide Rigon/James Calado.
Racing finished 17th overall and 1st in class in the
LMGTE Am category with car no 98 driven by Paul Dalla Lana/Pedro Lamy/Mathias
Lauda. The remaining two podium finishes went to the car no. 83 and 72, Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 cars of AF
Corse and SMP racing finishing 2nd and 3rd in class and
18th and 19th overall.
round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, of 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps
in Belgium will take place on May 2nd.
André Lotterer/Marcel Fässler/Benoît Tréluyer
Lieb/Romain Dumas/Neel Jani
Davidson/Sébastien Buemi/Kazuki Nakajima
Wurz/Stéphane Sarrazin/Mike Conway
Duval/Lucas di Grassi/Oliver Jarvis
Roman Rusinov/Julien Canal/Sam Bird
Yacamán/Ricardo González/Pipo Derani
Sharp/Ryan Dalziel/David Heinemeier Hansson
E M Racing
Leventis/Jonny Kane/Danny Watts
Gianmaria Bruni/Toni Vilander
Nygaard/Nicki Thiim/Marco Sørensen
Turner/Stefan Mücke/Rob Bell
Rees/Alex MacDowall/Richie Stanaway
Paul Dalla Lana/Pedro Lamy/Mathias Lauda
Perrodo/Emmanuel Collard/Rui Águas
Shaitar/Aleksey Basov/Andrea Montermini
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