Team Felbermayr-Proton’s GTE Am team of Christian Reid, Gianluca Roda and Paolo Ruberti inherited the class win at the Six Hours of Sao Paulo when the winners on the track were excluded after failing scrutineering.
The #50 Larbre Competition Corvette failed a post race ride height test, lifting the #88 Porsche to class victors, the team taking maximum World Endurance Championship (WEC) points for the third time this season following the successes of Sebring and Spa-Francorchamps to start the season.
The team led the class through the first half of the opening stint but lost ground to the Larbre squad, falling three laps behind at the checkered flag before their lead was erased from the record books.
The sister team contesting the Pro class in the race notched up a third podium visit of the season with a third place for drivers Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz.
“Our first stint was anything but good,” Lieb said. “Our tyres didn’t work well with the track, the car and the very high temperatures. And we lost more time through bad luck with the safety car phase.” Lietz added, “Third place was the least we had expected. When it cooled down a little our whole package worked much better and we drove the fastest times in the field. But by this time, the car running in second was simply too far ahead.”
The Porsche squad lost ground to Aston Martin Racing in the class standings, their rivals taking second place behind winners AF Corse.who continued a dominant season with a fourth win of the year.