This blog will be automatically refreshed during the second half of the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the Six Hours of Silverstone.
Unsurprisingly the last corner contact between Mucke and Bertolini is under investigation by the stewards. That’ll be an interesting conversation.
AF Corse and Ferrari sweep the GTE classes, Gimmi Bruni and Giancarlo Fisichella with in GTE Pro, Marco Cioci crosses the line to with GTE Am. JMW Motorsport take second in GTE Pro.
Jan Charouz holds on for LMP2 victory for ADR-Delta in the car he shares with Tor Graves and John Martin
It all ends in tears in GTE Pro – Stefan Mucke and Andrea Bertolini coming together at the Club chicane in the battle for third in class. Bertolini is stuck in gravel and Mucke takes third for Aston Martin Racing (for now)
Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler win the Six Hours of Silverstone!!!
And we’re onto the last lap with wiht Lotterer heading for the checkered flag
Just five minutes to go – celebrations at the ready for Audi. LMP2 and the final podium step in GTE pro still very much up for grabs
Andrew Howard has stopped #99 at Village. Hopefully we should get away without a spoiling safety car
Slightly less close is the ‘fight’ for the lead where Wurz has has cut Lotterer’s lead to under a minute
Quick look at LMP2 – the top three are now covered by 17 seconds, Sarrazin has Jan Charouz’s lead down to under ten seconds with 16 minutes left
Wurz’s deficit to Lotterer is now 1:08. That’s a lot with 22 minutes left and Kristensen just 15 seconds away from Wurz in third place
Wurz – who obviosuly remains in the car – keeps second lace over Kristensen in the #2 Audi
Wurz is in the pitlane for a final slightly splashy and dashy pitstop. Just 44 seconds in the pitlane.
the top 3 in LMP2 are split by only 23 seconds with Sarrazin chasing Charouz for the class lead
Ah, now Sarrazin makes a pitstop and Jan Charouz retakes the lead for ADR-Delta
Kristensen pits from third place and for reasons unclear Jan Charouz has slipped to second in LMP2 behind Stephane Sarrazin in the Starworks Motorsport HPD
Marcel Fassler comes into the pits with 49 minutes left in the race. Andre Lotterer gets in for the final stint and exits the pitlane as Wurz in the Toyota comes through Stowe
ADR-Delta have *frantically touches wood* been imperious in LMP2. Jan Charouz leads the class by nearly a minute.
Wurz keeps second place by about the length of the Wellington Straight over Kristensen
Wurz is in the pits with 55 minutes remaining and after 163 laps
Tom Kristensen in the #2 Audi has unlapped himself – the top three are now on the lead lap, Kristensen trailing the Toyota by about a minute
Fisichella makes the fourth stop of the race for the GTE Pro AF Corse #51. Gimmi Bruni gets back into the car for the final hour. He’ll keep the lead over Darren Turner’s Aston Martin.
Under the SC Fassler leads Wurz, McNish and Andrea Belicchi overall – the Rebellion man four laps down overall. Jan Charouz leads LMP2 for ADR-Delta. Fisichella heads GTE Pro and Matt Griffin GTE Am – both driving AF Corse run Ferraris
The Toyota and the lead Audi have been picked up by different safety cars – there are two doing the rounds this weekend, one based in each pitlane
There was contact Tresson and one of the GTE Aston’s coming through Becketts and Chapel. Tresson spun as he rejoined the track
And we have a safety car period with 1:28 remaining.
Signatech Nissan has stopped at the top of the Hanger Straight. Jordan Tresson smacking into the wall. Strange place to go off.
Chandhok’s back underway, so any potential risk of a safety car has gone
Karun Chandhok has spun at Copse in the JRM HPD out of fifth place. Allan McNish pits for TK to take over the R18 ultra
Wurz has rejoined just ahead of Allan Mcnish – those two are racing position, though it will only be brief because McNish should pit soon
And Lapierre pits. Alex Wurz climbs back aboard the Toyota.
Back in the lead Nicolas Lapierre sets the fastest lap of the race so far as he looks to build on a 34 second lead over Fassler
Darren Turner – in the race for GTE Pro – can’t catch Fisichella before he has to stop.
Marcel Fassler pits from the lead. Lapierre will inevitably take the lead back for Toyota
Uh-Oh. Jody Firth in the Murphy Prototypes ORECA is pushed back into the garage.
Darren Turner has halved Fisichella’s lead in GTE Pro from 12 to 6 seconds, but the fuel mileage the Ferrari is giving AF Corse is insurmountable
Tor Graves leads LMP2 in the ADR-Delta ORECA-Nissan
Just under two hours to go. Marcel Fassler leads overall with Tor Graves leads LMP2 by over a minute from Jacques Nicolet and OAK Racing. Giancarlo Fisichella leads GTE Pro and Gianluca Roda lead GTE Am as GT honours are split between Ferrari and Porsche
Remember the Rebellion Racing-Krohn contact? Well the prototype’s got a stop-go penalty for it.
Fisichella – having taken over from Bruni – leads GTE Pro by 12.8 seconds over Darren Turner’s Aston. Jonny Cocker in the JMW car is third in class.
well, no it’s not the Ferrari escapes the pitlane before the Aston even enters the Club chicane
Gimmi Bruni pits from the GTE Pro lead. It’s going to be close as to whether he keep the lead over Darren Turner
Lapierre pits from the lead. It’s a scheduled stop, but – as has been the pattern all race – he’ll lose the lead to Marcel Fassler in the hybrid Audi.
Having gone longer than his LMP2 rivals Tor Graves has come in the ADR-Delta car. He should keep the class leads as he stays in the cockpit.
Marcel Fassler takes over the driving duties in the e-tron quattro, trailing Lapierre by 37 seconds – so about what the Toyota trailed by before the Audi’s stop.
Treluyer is in the pitlane, slightly held up by Simon Dolan in the Jota LMP2 car making his own pitstop.
Treluyer – post stop-go – leads by 37 seconds over Lapierre but the Audi man still needs to make his fourth regular stop.
Gimmi Bruni has retaken the GTE Pro lead after a third pitstop of the race for Aston Martin Racing’s Pro representative.
Aside from a brief interjection from Strakka the two Rebellion Lolas have had the privateer LMP1 fight pretty much their own way this far.
And the Krohn car is involved in more contact, the #12 Rebellion making contact with it on the approach to Village
Olivier Pla pits in the leading LMP2 car – Jacques Nicolet takes the wheel of the Morgan
Treluyer pits from the lead – for a stop-go penalty. That will be for swiping the Krohn Racing Ferrari off the track.
Allan McNish notches up Audi #2′s third track limits warnings of the race.
Simon Dolan has had a brief spin in the Jota Zytek in third in LMP2. He keeps the position over Martin Brundle who is half a lap behind.
Treluyer puts 100 laps on the clock with 2:54 still remaining in the race.
The Toyota has been fast but thirsty compared to the Audis
Benoit Treluyer leads overall by just over a minute from Nico Lapierre, but Treluyer has made one few pitstop as he appraches the end of his stint. Olivier Pla leads LMP2 of OAK Racing. Stefan Mucke leads GTE pro for Aston Martin Racing. Paolo Ruberti leads GTE Am for Team Felbermayr-Proton
It’s time for part two!