The Oreca 03 chassis enjoyed its first taste of success in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) last weekend at Silverstone.
All in all, it was a strong race for many of the Oreca teams, with ADR-Delta taking the victory with the #26 Signatech Nissan taking a strong third place with Pecom Racing finishing fourth. Murphy Prototypes finished a disappointing ninth in the sixteen car class after showing strong pace in the early stages of the race.
The ADR-Delta machine dominated proceedings, leading 118 laps of the 183 lap event. The car driven by Tor Graves and John Martin were joined by highly experienced sports car driver Jan Charouz for the event. They started third on the grid, before quickly taking second at the start of the race. They then took the lead of the race 90 minutes into proceedings, and were never headed apart from through routine pit stops.
“It’s great to win here,” John Martin said afterwards.
“I live across the road, so it’s like a second home for me. We have been competitive since the start of the season and it’s nice to finally get this victory. We knew we had to work on some things after Le Mans and that’s what we did. It paid off. The fight with Starworks was fun and the car was good during the entire day,” he added.
Silverstone was a race of differing fortunes for the two Signatech cars. The #23 unfortunately had to retire after an accident after earlier being as high as fifth in class. The #26 of Nelson Panciatici, Pierre Ragues and Roman Rusinov therefore managed to pick their way through the field and took a well-deserved third place, only finishing thirty seconds behind ADR-Delta.
Murphy Prototypes meanwhile had a difficult encounter in only their second ever WEC race. The team lost several positions due to contact at the first corner and began to fight their way back through the order before losing a wheel. Despite these problems, the car which was driven by Brendon Hartley, Warren Hughes and Jody Firth did well to finish inside the top ten in ninth position.