Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler’s No7 Audi R18 e-tron Quattro won
the second round of the World Endurance Championship, the 6 hours of
Spa-Fancorchamps, Belgium. No 18 Porsche 919 finished 2nd while the
no 17 Porsche finished 3rd.
Belgian crowd on the edge of the seats, Treluyer in his last stint had to fight
Neel Jani in the no18 Porsche 919 all the way to the chequered flag, with the
two cars going wheel to wheel, and a late stop for fuel left the French driver
just 13 seconds ahead of the Porsche with 15-minutes on the clock. The run to the flag was nail biting but the
no7 Audi crossed the finish line to take the win for Audi.
sitting no17 Porsche 919 of Brendon Hartley led from the start but was given a
stop go penalty for using a run off area near to a group of marshals after he
outbraked into the last corner. The car
then had to go into the garage after a problem with the rear suspension was
diagnosed, losing the car a lap on the leaders.
Hartley and his teammates Timo Bernhard and Mark Webber fought back and
were rewarded with third place on the podium 1 lap down, with Hartley setting a
new lap record for the WEC at Spa with a 1m57.972 lap, 3.2 seconds quicker than
the previous best time.
A jump start
by the no38 JOTA Sport Gibson-Nissan of Harry Tincknell ended in a drive through
penalty for the Englishman. The no26 G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan, which won
the opening at Silverstone finished 2nd in class. The no43 Team Sard
Morand Morgan Evo took the final podium place on the team’s WEC debut with
Pierre Ragues, Oliver Webb and Zoel Amberg taking the chequered flag 2 laps
behind the JOTA Sport Gibson
No99 of Aston
Martin Racing in the V8 Vantage finished 16th overall to win in
class ahead of no 92 and 91 Porsche Team Manthey who finished 2nd
and 3rd respectively in class in their Porsche 911 RSR cars.
Racing again took class victory in the LMGTE-AM class with car no 98 on the top
step of the podium. AF Corse’s no83 finished 2nd in the Ferrari 458
Italia GT2 with SMP Racing taking the final spot on the podium with the Ferrari
458 Italia GT2 car no 72.
The next race
will be the legendary 24 Heures du Mans on the 13/14 June which will test all
the machines to their limits.
Porsche Team Manthey
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