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Porsche Team Takes Victory In FIA WEC 6 Hours Of The Circuit Of The Americas

The No 1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid, driven by Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley won the 6 Hours Of The Cicruit Of The Americas, giving Porsche its third win on the circuit.

In second place was the No 8 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 with the driver lineup of Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis. Taking the final podium spot was the No 6 Toyiota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050 Hybrid piloted by Stephane Sarazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi.

The victory gives Porsche a commanding lead in the FIA World Endurance Manaufacturers Championship of 238 points, followed by Audi on 185 points and Toyota on 137 points.

In LMP2 it was the No 36 Signatech Alpine Nissan-powered Alpine A46o that took the honours with the driver line-up of Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Sarazin. Second in class was the No 43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier JS P2 piloted by Ricardo Gonzalez, Filpe Alberquerque and Bruno Senna. Third in class, following an world-class drive by Alex Brundle from the back of the grid was the No 26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 05 piloted also by Roman Rusinov and Rene Rast.

The teams finished the 6 hour race in the same order that they stand in the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Teams. Sgnatech Alpine has now firmly stamped its mark on the Trophy with 156 points, 38 points ahead of RGR Sport by Morand. G-Drive Racing sit third in the standings on 88 points.

Aston Martin Racing dominated LM GTE Pro and Am as it hd in qualifying. In the Pro category it was the No 95 Aston Martin Vantage V8 driven by Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen who took the chequered flag in class. AF Corse had a good day on the Texan circuit with theNo 51 Ferrari F488 GTE driven by Gianni Bruni and James Calado second and the sister No 71 car driven by Davide Rigon and Sam Bird third.

The win for the No 95 Aston Martin Racing entry means it now has a 12-point lead in the FIA Endurance Trophy for LM GTE Teams standings, ahead of the No 71 AF Corse Ferrari F488 GTE entry driven by Davide Rigon and Sam Bird who are on 97 points. Third in the class teams standings is the No 97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE,  driven at The Circuit Of The Americas by Darren Turner and Fernando Rees.

In the Am class it was Aston Martin Racing who again took class spoils with victory for the No 98 car driven by Dalla Lana, Lamy and Lauda. Second was the No 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR driven by Ried, Henzler and Camathias. Third in class was the No 50 Larbre Competition Checrolet Corvette C7Z06 driven by Viljoen, Ragues and Taylor.

The No 83 AF Corse Ferrari F488 GTE retains the lead in the FIA Endurance Trophy for LM GTE Am Teams on 137 points.

After an eventful round at The Circuit Of The Americas the FIA World Endurance Championship now moves to Japan for the 6 Hours Of Fuji on October 14 – 16.