With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s fourth annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 5 days away (Sept. 17) as part of Lone Star Le Mans weekend at COTA it seemed like a good time to dust off the tops of the season points standings in the various classes and provide a few notes regarding the season so far.
A 6-hr race win scores 25 points, with 18 for second, and 15 for third, etc. Points are doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The COTA race is the first of four remaining 6-hr contests, with subsequent races at Fuji (Oct. 16), Shanghai (Nov. 6), and Bahrain (Nov. 19).
Now to the standings…
118 – Marc Lieb (Germany), Neel Jani (Switzerland), Romain Dumas (France); #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid
77 – Kamui Kobayashi (Japan), Mike Conway (Great Britain), Stephane Sarrazin (France); #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 Hybrid
74.5 – Loic Duval (France), Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil), Oliver Jarvis (Great Britain); #8 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 Hybrid
Notes: The points-leading Porsche won both the first race of the year – Silverstone – and Le Mans, taking a second in between at Spa. The #6 Toyota finished second at both Silverstone and Le Mans and took third at the most recent race, two weeks ago in Mexico City. The top Audi won at Spa, came in third at Le Mans, second at Nurburgring, and took pole at Mexico City. The defending-champion #1 Porsche has won the last two events (Nurburgring and Mexico City) to sit fifth in the standings after a slow start.
86 – Darren Turner (Great Britain); #97 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE
83 – Michael Sorensen (Denmark), Nicki Thiim (Denmark); #95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE
82 – Davide Rigon (Italy), Sam Bird (Great Britain); #62 AF Corse Ferrari 488
80 – Richie Stanaway (New Zealand); #97 Aston
72.5 – Olivier Pla (France), Stefan Mucke (Germany); #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT
Notes: LMGTE Pro competition had four cars and eight drivers within 23.5 points of the championship, Turner holding the lead by virtue of a win at the series’ last event in Mexico City, a second at Le Mans, and a third in the season-opener at Silverstone. Sorensen and Thiim drove with him at Silverstone and Le Mans, but drove the #95 to third-place in each of the last two rounds (Nurburgring and Mexico City), also taking the pole at each. Stanaway has driven with Turner in the past two races after finishing third at Le Mans. The Ferrari started the season with wins and poles at both Silverstone and Spa and also scored a second at Nurburgring. Pla and Mucke have had an up and down season in the Ford GT’s return, winning Le Mans and posting fastest lap in Mexico City, but finishing down the points in the other contests.
130 – Gustavo Menezes (USA), Nicolas Lapierre (France), Stephane Richelmi (Monaco); #36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan
97 – Bruno Senna (Brazil), Felipe Albuquerque (Portugal), Ricardo Gonzalez (Mexico); #43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier JS P2-Nissan
74- Chris Cumming (Canada), Pipo Derani (Brazil), Ryan Dalziel (Scotland); #31 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2-Nissan
Notes: In a class with star veteran talent from a multitude of driving backgrounds the #36 Alpine has surged to the lead on the back of three straight wins—Spa, Le Mans, and Nurburgring—and a second two weeks ago at Mexico City. The RGR entry won the season-opener at Silverstone and its hometown event in Mexico City, placing P2 at the Nurburgring. The ESM #31 has finished on the podium at ever race except the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
129 – Emmanuel Collard (France), Francois Perrodo (France), Rui Aguas (Portugal); #83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia
94 – David Heinemeier-Hansson (Denmark), Khaled Al-Qubaisi (UAE); #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR
83 – Patrick Long (USA); #88 Porsche
70 – Matthias Lauda (Austria), Paul Dalla Lana (Canada), Pedro Lamy (Portugal); #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8
Notes: AF Corse has yet to finish worse than second, winning at both Silverstone and Le Mans. Abu Dhabi-Proton finished second at Le Mans and won Mexico. Patrick Long did not drive in the season opener at Silverstone and will be replaced by Kevin Estre (France) at COTA. The #98 Aston Martin won at both Spa and Nurburgring, taking P2 at Silverstone. It took pole at both Spa and Le Mans but failed to score points at the latter and was also shut out in Mexico.
201 – Porsche
158 – Audi
112 - Toyota
LMGTE Manufacturers (Pro and Am):
179 – Aston Martin
176 – Ferrari
121 – Ford
84 – Porsche