6 Hours of Silverstone Sunday/Race roundup
Everything that went down on the final day of the British round of the WEC
Rocking up to Silverstone on Sunday you could already feel the atmosphere was brilliant. I think the tone was set when a Mclaren Senna and a Carrera 3.0 RSR showed up. Walking over to the start finish straight I thought it would be wrong not to do a little car park spotting. And I thought the metal that was there on Friday was serious. Today was just next level:
Looks amazing in person. Mega Mclaren Senna.
Million dollar metal.
What a stunner.
Casual Aventador S.
The Race: (first hour)
The green light dropped and there was already drama at the first corner with contact between one of the Rebellion cars and a SMP car causing a spin and debris on the track. The spin caused the #1 Rebellion to run wide and lose time to the SMP of Jenson Button. Further down the grid in GTE PRO the #66 Ford locked up the front wheel and went wide and dropping to the back of the field.
Collision at abbey after the green flag.
Coming into the loop and LMP2 car slowing caused the GT field to play bumper cars. body work damage to the LMP car and some of the GTE AM field. All this contact allowed Kévin Estre to slip up from 5th into first in class. Rejoice! Finally Porsche are at the front. And after the first few laps has started to gain quite the lead over the Aston Martin of Marco Sørensen. the #66 Ford was also starting to claw some positions back making it past the BMW's almost a little too easy. By lap 6 the Toyota's had already starting lapping the GTE AM class.
Kévin Estre leading the charge.
Big drama for the #11 SMP car as smoke starting pouring from the exhausts. They were the first retirement from the race with a broken engine to the despair of Mikhail Aleshin. A great battle was developing in the GTE PRO class between the #91 Porsche and the #95 Aston Martin. Great action is all classes in the first hour. The #7 Toyota was leading at the end of the hour. A
#95 Aston just ahead of the #91 Porsche going thought Maggots.
There was a change of lead at Toyota #8 managed to shuffle its way past. I'm not sure if they let if go by or they had the speed advantage. With Andy Priaulx still on the charge he stormed past the lead Porsche on the entrance to Maggots. Micheal Christensen in the #92 Porsche really struggled this weekend and was a little down on pace and soon was defending from Alessandro Pier Guidi. With his RSR struggling with old tires both Ferrari and Ford managed to make an overtake.
Class leading LMP2. Jackie Chan DC racing #38.
The first full course yellow was bought out for debris which caught out Rene Binder out and causing him to spin and slam into the right hand barrier on the Wellington straight. A tough weekend for ByKolles and this was just salt in the wound. This was the second retirement of the race. Drama for the race leading Jackie Chan car in LMP2 as it struck a puncture at Abbey moving the sister car up into pole position. The only SMP car have contact with the #71 Ferrari entering village trying to get thought traffic which led to a puncture for the AF Corse car which then shredded its rear body work. With so much debris all around the track the safety car's only appearance was made bunching the field right up again.
Ferrari #71 entering the pits after contact with a prototype.
And Troubles for BMW as there #82 car suffered suspension failure and the car was being limped around the track smoke pouring from the front left. Eventually it was had grind to a halt as it overheated.
#82 BMW smoking at Luffield.
GTE AM leader changed after the TF Sport Aston Martin and Team Project 1 Porsche were penalised. New class leaders were the Dempsey Proton team. Jackie Chan DC racing comfortably leading the LMP2 class running first and second despite the previous puncture. LMP1 3rd in class Rebellion #1 had issues with the tail and had to make a unscheduled pit stop which dropped them off the podium and their sister car took their place.
The Blue Dempsey Proton car crossing the start/finish line.
The battle for the lead in GTE PRO was in Ferrari #51's hands with the #91 Porsche overtaking its sister car to try and hunt down the class leaders but couldn't close the gap fast enough to fight for the class win. Further back on the track the #67 Ford GT was trying desperately to get past the Porsche of Micheal Christensen and just about got away with an aggressive battle at club corner. On the last lap of the race TF Sport manged to make a pass to claim the bottom step of the podium leaving their classes LeMans winners to claim victory at Silverstone. In prototype classes the cars that started 1-2 also finished 1-2 with Jackie Chan DC racing claiming a class victory and Toyota #8 crewed by Sebastian Buemi, Fernando Alonso and Kazuki Nakajima took the overall victory extending their championship lead.
Sebastian Buemi Lapping the #66 Ford GT.
#7 Toyota weaving thought traffic.
An action packed race and well worth watching. The weather was good too! That's all on Silverstone for now. I'll be releasing more picture in an album later this week.