Paul Holton (#76 McLaren) led from pole. The #69 McLaren, which qualified second, did not make the grid. At the end of the first lap Dylan Murcott (#28 Porsche Cayman) ran second and Matt Bell (#57 Chevrolet Camaro) third. Christopher Stone (#34 Mazda MX-5) led the ST class, having passed Derek Jones in the pole-sitting #73 JCW Mini.
The #34 Mazda suffered an engine fire after 45 min of running in the lead under green and had to pull of course. Russell Ward in the #35 Porsche Cayman, meanwhile,...
The 6 Hours of Bahrain marked not just the end of the 2016 season but the end of Audi Sport Team Joest’s participation in the championship, Audi choosing to focus on Formula E competition instead after 18 years of endurance competition. It was also the final race of Mark Webber’s career, the Aussie retiring from the cockpit after storied runs in both Formula 1 and the highest rung of sports car racing, the latter of which included being crowned 2015 champion in the #1 Porsche and win...
The #7 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 started on pole, but all three LMP1 makes led at some point early in the race. The #7 retired during the first hour, race officials determining that its drive-train was out of homologation.
Leaders half way in were the #8 Audi, the #42 Strakka Racing Gibson-Nissan (LMP2), the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Team UK GT (GTE Pro), and the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage (GTE Am).
Competition at the front of the field was extremely tight, the #6 Toyota Gazoo R...
Photo: Erik Junius
Mark Webber (#1 Porsche 919) took second in Turn 1 of the first lap from Loic Duval (#8 Audi R18) who was playing defense for his pole-sitting teammate Marcel Fassler (#7). Duval retook P2 three minutes in. Marco Sorensen (#98 Aston Martin Vantage V8), led Davide Rigon (#71 Ferrari 488 GTE) and Stefan Mucke (#66 Ford GT) in early GTE Pro competition. The #44 Manor (Roberto Mehri) passed the pole-sitting #36 Signatech Alpine (Nicolas Lapierre) to take first in LMP2. Kevin Es...
#7 Audi R18, Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer – 1:45.750
#8 Audi R18, Lucas Di Grassi, Loic Duval, Oliver Jarvis, +0.233
#1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley, +0.810
#6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, +1.468
#36 Signatech Alpine A460-Nissan, Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi – 1:55.892
#44 Manor Oreca 05-Nissan, Matthew Rao, Richard Bradley, Roberto Merhi &...
Ricky Taylor, #10 Wayne Taylor Motorsport Corvette DP – 1:58.712
Tristan Nunez, #55 Mazda Motorsports Prototype – 1:58.715
Joel Miller, #70 Mazda Motorsports Prototype – 1:59.120
Prototype Challenge (all Oreca FLM09-Chevrolet):
R. Alon, #52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports – 2:01.847
J. Gutierrez, #7 Starworks Motorsport – 2:02.272
Alex Popow, #8 Starworks Motorsport – 2:02.274
GT Le Mans:
Ryan Briscoe, #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing ...
Photo: Oliver Jarvis shortly before putting his car on the outside of the front row.
Marc Lieb – Championship leading #2 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid
On the level of intra-team competition: “Well it was clear by the end of this race last year that we had to fall back and help the #1 win the championship. Coming into the race this year those roles are somewhat reversed. But it is important that we both do as well as possible. It is a team sport in the end and we are driving for Porsche...
The fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Mexico saw a 6 hr race with two periods of rain that force teams to adjust their strategy to cope with the changing conditions. The #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley, and Timo Bernhard took its second win of the season but had to overcome some setbacks on the way to beating the #7 Audi R18 of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler and the #6 Toyota TS050 of Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin, and Kamui Kobayashi.
In LMP2 it w...
The series’ stop at Virginia International Raceway featured only the two GT classes. In six GT Le Mans races so far this year points leaders Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner (#4 Corvette Racing C.7R) had four wins and six podiums and Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westrbrook (#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT) three wins and five podiums.
Jan Magnussen (#3 Corvette) started on pole, with the #4 right next door. Joey Hand (#66 Ford GT) lined up third and Giancarlo Fisichella (#62 Risi Competitz...
Robert Alon (#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports), James French (#38 Performance Tech Motorsports), and Jose Gutierrez (#7 Starworks Motorsports) were the first three cars on the grid, all in Prototype Challenge (Oreca 05-Chevrolet’s) as the Prototype’s had the weekend off.
Richard Westbrook (#67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing GT) started on GT Le Mans pole, followed by Dirk Werner (#25 BMW Team RLL M6) and Tommy Milner (#4 Corvette Racing C7.R). Spencer Pumpelly (#16 Change Racing Lamborghini ...