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WEC: Audi claim one-two victory at Silverstone

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On Sunday in England Audi, the reigning world champion, scored a remarkable double in the Silverstone 6 Hours, the opening round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. The German make takes the lead on the route to Le Mans, which began this weekend in front of 35,000 spectators.
 
audi motorsport 130414-2515This weekend, the second FIA World Endurance Championship kicked off on the Silverstone circuit. After months of preparation the teams entered in the 2013 championship joined battle for the first time. Despite Toyota locking out the front row during qualifying on Saturday 13th April, Audi won the race with its two R18 e-tron quattros with McNish-Kristensen-Duval leading home the reigning world champions Tréluyer-Fässler-Lotterer. Not until the closing laps was the outcome of the race decided between the two cars as Tréluyer, whose R18 e-tron quattro lost transmission on the front wheels, was unable to fight off McNish’s final charge. The Scot was particularly proud to win the famed Tourist Trophy with his two team-mates, one of the most prestigious British motor racing prizes, which was awarded specially for the occasion in the British round of the WEC.

Toyota was powerless to take the fight to the Audis in 2013 configuration with the 2012 version of its TS030, all the more so as the Japanese cars suffered excessive tyre degradation. The Prost-Jani-Heidfeld Lola-Toyota entered by Rebellion Racing was the first of the privateer LM P1s to see the flag (5th).

In LM P2, the Delta-ADR Oreca 03-Nissan scored a dominant win in the hands of Graves-Pizzonia-Walker from the OAK Racing Morgan driven by Pla-Heinemeir Hansson-Brundle and the Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan of Dyson-Kimber-Smith-Marsal.

Vantage GTE on trackAston Martin, which is celebrating its centenary this year, scored its first WEC wins in 2013 by dominating both the LM GTE Pro and GTE Am categories. In the Pro category, Mücke-Turner-B. Senna fought off tough competition from the Vilander-Kobyashi Ferrari F458 Italia, and in GTE AM Nygaard-Poulsen-Simonsen took the flag in first place with the Larbre Competition Corvette of Bornhauser-Canal-Rees second.

Before tackling the summit of the World Endurance Championship, the Le Mans 24 Hours on 22-23 June in which a double helping of points will be awarded, the teams in the WEC will again do battle on the beautiful Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on 4th May.

VSA WEC SIL13 2881On Saturday as a curtain-raiser to the Silverstone 6 Hours, the first round of the European Le Mans Series took place, some of whose entrants will be racing in the Sarthe classic. In dreadful weather conditions, overall victory in LM P2 went to Dolan-Turvey in their Zytek Z11SN-Nissan, while in GTE, Ried-Roda-Tandy triumphed in their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR entered by Proton Competition. In GTC, victory went to Millroy/Smith et McCaig (BMW Z4, Ecurie Ecosse) and went to Pons and Ayari in LM PC (Formula Le Mans Oreca 09, Team Endurance Challenge).

Next round of the European Le Mans Championship: the Imola 3 Hours (Italy) on 18th May.

Race results

Pos.#CatDriverCarTireLapsTotal TimeGapGap Prev.Best lapBest timeTop Speed
1 2 LMP1 Tom KRISTENSEN, Loïc DUVAL, Allan McNISH Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 197 6:00'01.686 192 1'42.767 206.3
2 1 LMP1 André LOTTERER, Benoit TRÉLUYER, Marcel FÄSSLER Audi R18 e-tron quattro M 197 6:00'05.148 3.462 3.462 163 1'42.926 206.0
3 8 LMP1 Anthony DAVIDSON, Sébastien BUEMI, Stéphane SARRAZIN Toyota TS030 - Hybrid M 196 6:00'18.506 1 Laps 1 Laps 172 1'43.196 205.5
4 7 LMP1 Alexander WURZ, Nicolas LAPIERRE, Toyota TS030 - Hybrid M 196 6:01'23.062 1 Laps 1'04.556 69 1'43.741 204.4
5 12 LMP1 Nicolas PROST, Neel JANI, Nick HEIDFELD Lola B12/60 Coupé - Toyota M 193 6:00'41.942 4 Laps 3 Laps 3 1'44.985 202.0
6 13 LMP1 Andrea BELICCHI, Mathias BECHE, Cong Fu CHENG Lola B12/60 Coupé - Toyota M 190 6:01'40.359 7 Laps 3 Laps 150 1'45.732 200.5
7 25 LMP2 Tor GRAVES, Antonio PIZZONIA, James WALKER Oreca 03 - Nissan D 184 6:01'22.670 13 Laps 6 Laps 167 1'50.668 191.6
8 24 LMP2 Olivier PLA, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON, Alex BRUNDLE Morgan - Nissan D 183 6:00'10.857 14 Laps 1 Laps 170 1'49.603 193.5
9 49 LMP2 Luis PEREZ COMPANC, Nicolas MINASSIAN, Pierre KAFFER Oreca 03 - Nissan M 179 6:00'25.804 18 Laps 4 Laps 151 1'51.475 190.2
10 35 LMP2 Bertrand BAGUETTE, Ricardo GONZALEZ, Martin PLOWMANN Morgan - Nissan D 179 6:00'36.219 18 Laps 10.415 144 1'51.427 190.3
11 41 LMP2 Chris DYSON, Michael MARSAL, Tom KIMBER-SMITH Zytek Z11SN - Nissan D 179 6:01'44.661 18 Laps 1'08.442 171 1'51.324 190.5
12 47 LMP2 Alexander IMPERATORI, Matthew HOWSON, Jim KA TO Morgan - Nissan M 179 6:01'49.606 18 Laps 4.945 163 1'50.995 191.0
13 26 LMP2 Roman RUSINOV, John MARTIN, Mike CONWAY Oreca 03 - Nissan D 176 6:00'04.641 21 Laps 3 Laps 144 1'49.087 194.4
14 97 LMGTE Pro Darren TURNER, Stefan MÜCKE, Bruno SENNA Aston Martin Vantage V8 M 171 6:00'45.343 26 Laps 5 Laps 3 2'01.732 174.2
15 71 LMGTE Pro Kamui KOBAYASHI, Toni VILANDER, Ferrari F458 Italia M 170 6:00'02.941 27 Laps 1 Laps 147 2'01.713 174.2
16 99 LMGTE Pro Paul DALLA LANA, Frédéric MAKOWIECKI, Pedro LAMY Aston Martin Vantage V8 M 170 6:00'15.530 27 Laps 12.589 55 2'01.426 174.6
17 92 LMGTE Pro Marc LIEB, Richard LIETZ, Romain DUMAS Porsche 911 RSR M 170 6:01'24.647 27 Laps 1'09.117 130 2'02.652 172.9
18 51 LMGTE Pro Gianmaria BRUNI, Giancarlo FISICHELLA, Ferrari F458 Italia M 170 6:01'52.064 27 Laps 27.417 142 2'02.252 173.4
19 95 LMGTE Am Christoffer NYGAARD, Kristian POULSEN, Allan SIMONSEN Aston Martin Vantage V8 M 169 6:01'33.606 28 Laps 1 Laps 4 2'02.707 172.8
20 91 LMGTE Pro Jörg BERGMEISTER, Patrick PILET, Timo BERNHARD Porsche 911 RSR M 168 6:00'52.490 29 Laps 1 Laps 4 2'02.225 173.5
21 50 LMGTE Am Patrick BORNHAUSER, Julien CANAL, Fernando REES Chevrolet Corvette C6-ZR1 M 166 6:01'22.636 31 Laps 2 Laps 144 2'02.213 173.5
22 81 LMGTE Am Vicente POTOLICCHIO, Rui AGUAS, Philipp PETER Ferrari F458 Italia M 165 6:00'57.325 32 Laps 1 Laps 147 2'03.852 171.2
23 96 LMGTE Am Roald GOETHE, Stuart HALL, Jamie CAMPBELL-WALTER Aston Martin Vantage V8 M 165 6:01'23.069 32 Laps 25.744 122 2'02.402 173.2
24 88 LMGTE Am Christian RIED, Gianluca RODA, Paolo RUBERTI Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 165 6:01'51.788 32 Laps 28.719 129 2'03.226 172.1
25 57 LMGTE Am Tracy KROHN, Niclas JÖNSSON, Maurizio MEDIANI Ferrari F458 Italia M 164 6:00'35.068 33 Laps 1 Laps 141 2'03.528 171.7
26 76 LMGTE Am Raymond NARAC, Christophe BOURRET, Jean-Karl VERNAY Porsche 911 GT3 RSR M 163 6:00'30.583 34 Laps 1 Laps 28 2'04.819 169.9
27 45 LMP2 Jacques NICOLET, Jean-Marc MERLIN, Morgan - Nissan D 154 6:01'21.597 43 Laps 9 Laps 4 1'54.471 185.2
28 61 LMGTE Am Jack GERBER, Matt GRIFFIN, Marco CIOCI Ferrari F458 Italia M 139 6:00'09.751 58 Laps 15 Laps 112 2'02.948 172.5
29 32 LMP2 Thomas HOLZER, Dominik KRAIHAMER, Jan CHAROUZ Lotus T128 D 113 6:00'41.708 84 Laps 26 Laps 105 1'53.033 187.6
30 21 LMP1 Nick LEVENTIS, Danny WATTS, Jonny KANE HPD ARX 03c - Honda M 55 1:43'35.570 142 Laps 58 Laps 12 1'47.014 198.1
31 31 LMP2 Kevin WEEDA, Vitantonio LIUZZI, Christophe BOUCHUT Lotus T128 D 44 1:58'37.589 153 Laps 11 Laps 17 1'56.355 182.2

Photos: Audi Motorsport, ACO

 

 

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