Audi Sport Team Joest dominated qualifying for the sixth round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship, placing the No 7 and No 8 Audi R18s 1st and 2nd on the grid respectively.
The No 7 car was qualified by Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler with an average lap-time of 1:45.752 to take pole position by just over two tenths of a second from the sister No 8 car which was qualified by Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis.
Third on the grid for Saturday September 17s race will be the No 1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid which was qualified by Timo Bernhard and Brenon Hartley.
In LMP2 Signatech Alpine took pole with its No 36 Alpine A460. with an average lap time of 1:55.892. Manor will be delighted to see its No 44 ORECA 05 second on the LMP2 grid with a 1:56.873. The no 43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier JS P2 will take third place on the grid with an average 1:56.873 lap-time.
In the LMGTE it was the story of the Aston Martins but three manufacturers were represented at the front of the Pro class.
In GTE Pro the No 95 Aston Martin Racing Racing Vantage GTE with the driver line-up of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen that took pole with an average lap-time of 2:04.610. Second on the grid will be the No 71 AF Corse Ferrari F488 GTE driven by David Rigon and Sam Bird. Third will be the No 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford GT drven by Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla.
In LM GTE Am Aston Martin Racing again took class pole with the No 98 Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda Aston Martin V8 Vantage averaging a lap-time of 2:06.999. Lining up along side them will be the No 88 Abu-Dhabi – Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Al Qubasisi, Heinemeir Hansson and Estre. Third on the Am class grid will be the No 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR driven by Christian Ried, Wolf Henzler and Joel Camathias.
The lights go out for the 6 Hours of The Circuit Of The Americas at 17:00 local time on Saturday September 17.
The 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship moves to Autodrómo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico from September 1 – 3 when the 6 Hours of Mexico is run on the circuit first established in 1962 and to which The FIA Formula One World Championship returned in 2015.
At 2,285 metres above sea level, Circuit Autodrómo Hermanos Rodríguez has the highest elevation of all the current FIA World Endurance Championship circuits and will be a test for drivers and cars alike.
In the Manufacturers’ Championship, Porsche Team has a commanding lead of 164 points, 35 points ahead of second placed Audi Sport Team Joest. Toyota Gazoo Racing, after all the promise of the significant development of the Toyota TS050-Hybrid for 2016, remains in third place in the Manufacturers’ Championship standings on 97 points. It does appear as if the design of the 2016 car was solely aimed at victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an objective which was narrowly missed in the final laps of the race, and that the FIA World Endurance Championship was not top of the priority list for this year.
Continue reading 6 Hours Of Mexico – FIA World Endurance Championship Round 5 – Preview (01.09.16)
The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, driven by Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley took the chequered flag to win an enthralling 6 Hours of Nürburgring to take maximum points from the fourth round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The victory for the #1 car was its first of the year.
Audi Sport team Joest took the second and third spots on the podium. The #8 Audi R18 with Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis driving, was second, nearly 54 seconds back from the winning Porsche. The #7 Audi R18, with Marcel Fässler and Andre Lotterer driving (Benoît Tréluyer not driving at this round due to an accident sustained while training) was third, less than a second behind its sister car. The #7 car had led earlier in the race but both the #7 and #8 cars were disadvantaged by two full course yellows.
Continue reading Porsche Win WEC 6 Hours Of Nürburgring (25.07.16)
With the top three in LMP1 qualifying identical to the first round at Silverstone, Audi Sport Team Joest locked out the front row for the 6 Hours of Nürburgring with the #7 Audi R18 qualified by Marcel Fässler and André Lotterer on pole and the #8 car, qualified by Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis, in second.
The #7 Audi R18 qualified on pole with an aggregate time of 1:30.444. André Lotterer put in a 1:39.239 on his fourth lap of five with Marcel Fässler just over four tenths of a second behind with a 1:39.649 on his fourth lap. In the #8 Audi R18, Oliver Jarvis put in a 1:40.644 on his third lap while Lucas di Grassi drove the fastest lap of qualifying with a 1:38.777 on his second lap.
Continue reading Audi Sport Team Joest Lock Out Front Row For WEC At Nürburgring (23.07.16)
Sunday July 24 sees the fourth round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship take place at the Nürburgring.
After an enthralling first three rounds of the 2016 season, Porsche lead the Manufacturers Championship on 127 points, 32 points ahead of Audi. Toyota, following its heartbreak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, are third in the Manufacturers’ title chase on 70 points.
In the race for the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams, Signatech Alpine, with its #36 Nissan-powered Alpine A460, currently leads the standings on 87 points after its win at the French classic. The #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 05 is second on 66 points after its pole position and second place at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Third in the Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams, on 56 points, is the #43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier JS P2 after a consistent season so far in 2016.
Continue reading Porsche Leads Manufacturers Title Chase Going Into FIA WEC At Nürburgring (19.07.16)
Fresh from celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its 1966 1-2-3 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 1-3-4 finish in GTE Pro category at the 2016 running of the French classic, Ford Motor Company has announced that the Ford GT program will run for a minimum of three more years.
Ford Motor Company, in conjunction with Chip Ganassi Racing, is currently running two cars each in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Continue reading Ford Motor Company Extends IMSA And WEC Programs Until 2019