LIVE: 2015 FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone


FIA World Endurance Championship (Credit: Porsche AG)

The 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship begins with the 6 Hours of Silverstone and theCheckeredFlag.co.uk are at the circuit, covering the event live.

This live blog will automatically update throughout the race.

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:31

Half an hour until the start of the 6 Hours of Silverstone, and the 2015 FIA WEC season.

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:46

The cars are all backed up against the pit wall in grid order, reminiscent of the traditional start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:46

Sadly, though there will be no drivers running to their cars to start the race….

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:47

Mark Webber and Romain Dumas start the two Porsche 919 Hybrids from the front row.

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:47

Pipo Derani and Sam Bird will take the first stint in the two G-Drive Racing Ligiers at the front of LMP2.

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:48

Nicki Thiim, Richie Stanaway and Darren Turner will have have the first stints in the three Aston Martins at the front LMGTE Pro.

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:49

And Pedro Lamy will lead from the LMGTE Am pole in another the Aston Martin Racing entries.

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:53

The cars peel away to begin the formation laps.

James Broomhead April 12, 201511:59

The field is through Chapel for the last time behind the safety car.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:00

Green flag!!!! We’re racing!!!

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:01

Porsche first and second after the first few corner. Strakka Racing’s Dome off at turn one.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:01

Danny Watts has brought the #42 back onto the track though

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:02

Porsche, Porsche, Audi, Toyota, Toyota at the end of lap one.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:03

Nick Tandy leads LMP2 for KCMG, Nicki Thiim holds the GTE Pro lead and Paolo Ruberti has taken the lead in GTE Am in the Larbre Corvette.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:04

Romain Dumas having to keep Lucas di Grassi in the #8 Audi at bay for second.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:05

An attempted move leaves di Grassi on the outside of the Loop and Buemi takes 3rd in the #1 Toyota.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:05

Tonio Liuzzi has brought the Team byKolles CLM into the pits

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:07

LMP2 is the closest class in the early laps, one second covering the KCMG Oreca and the two G-Drive cars.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:09

Five laps – nine minutes – in Webber has a 1.9 second lead over Dumas in the second Porsche.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:11

Sam Bird takes the LMP2 lead at Brooklands in the #26 G-Drive Ligier 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:11

LMP1 leader are already deep in GTE traffic 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:13

Absolutely nothing between the Audis and Toyotas, but the Porsches have got clear through the first tranche of traffic 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:14

Klaus Bachler has taken the GTE Am lead in the Abu Dhabi-Proton Porsche 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:15

Bird has been able to build a lead of nearly four seconds in LMP2. Derani is still behind Tandy’s KCMG car.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:16

Now Derani gets by the Brit into Village. Can he catch his G-Drive teammate?

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:18

10 laps into 6 hours. Webber leads by 3.3 over Dumas, then there’s five secs back to Buemi in the #1 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:21

Nicki Thiim has the biggest class lead of the early stages, he’s 7.7 secs clear of Darren Turner in LMGTE Pro

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:22

the Team ByKolles team are replacing the floor on their LMP1 after Liuzzi went off at the Loop.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:23

The battle between the Audis and Toyotas is fascinating as the fight through traffic.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:24

Di Grassi has been able to pass Wurz in the #2, but there are few breathless moments of the LMP1s shooting through gaps between slower cars.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:26

Jacques Nicolet has brought the OAK Racing Ligier into the pits after a slow lap.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:27

The black and pink machine is wheeled back into the garage. 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:27

Richard Lietz has broken up the trio of Astons at the front of LMGTE Pro. Third in the #91 Porsche.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:30

Half an hour down. Mark Webber leads LMP1 and overall, Sam Bird heads LMP2 by seven seconds.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:31

Nicki Thiim leads LMGTE Pro by 12 seconds, Klaus Bachler heads the Am class in the Abu Dhabi-Proton Porsche. 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:33

Swap between the Audis – di Grassi gets ahead of Treluyer for 4th out of Copse.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:34

OAK Racing’s Ligier diagnosed as having a throttle problem. 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:38

Awesome four way scrap from 4th on back in LMGTE Pro, headed by Aston’s Richie Stanaway

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:38

Patrick Pilet gets by for fourth, now Gimmi Bruni is behind the Aston.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:39

Bruni’s by a Stowe.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:40

an LMP2 has gone off at Copse – the Signatech Alpine in the tyre wall on the outside of the corner.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:40

Full Course Yellow. All the drivers slow to a set speed. Pit crews are standing ready.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:41

Buemi is the first of the LMP1 drivers in in the #1 Toyota

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:42

Paul-Loup Chatin is walking away from the Alpine -it looks like one of the wheels came off the #36

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:43

Sam Bird also in the pits from the LMP2 lead with just under 45 minutes gone.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:44

Both Pro AF Corse Ferraris are in as is Pilet in the #92 Porsche 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:44

All of LMP2 has followed Bird into the pits. The #31 ESM HPD has mechanical problems.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:45

Both Porsches and now both Audis in the pits.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:46

Green flag comes out again while the Audis and the #2 Toyota are still in the pits.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:47

Buemi, who pitted as the FCY came out has moved up to 3rd, 20 seconds off the lead, still helb by Mark Webber.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:49

The Audis swapped places in the pits, Benoit Treluyer fourth nearly 20s behind Buemi. 

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:53

Paulo Ruberti pits the Larbre Corvette from the LMGTE Am lead – both GTE class split on strategy with some cars pitting under the yellow flags.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201512:53

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:58

Stuart Hall now pits from the GTE Am lead in the #96 Aston, that should give Emmanuel Collard in the AF Corse Ferrari the lead.

James Broomhead April 12, 201512:59

Lietz ow in the pits inn the third placed LMGTE Pro car. Michael Christensen is ready to take over the #91 Porsche. 

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:00

Team manager of the #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid is being summonned to race control. Trouble ahead? 

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:02

Nicki Thiim pits from the LMGTE Pro lead. Where will the #95 come out compared to those who pitted under the yellow? 

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:03

Darren Turner briefly picked up the class lead, but he now pits in the #97 Aston for Stefan Mucke to take over.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:04

Richie Stanaway also in the pits to complete a round of stops of every one of the GTE Pro entries.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:04

Patrick Pilet now leads the class in the #92 Porsche ahead of the two Ferraris. All three pitted under the yellows.  

Paul Hensby April 12, 201513:05

The #42 Strakka Racing machine ended in the gravel on the opening lap (Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd)

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:05

Back in LMP1 both Audis have made up the deficit and are now planted on the tail of Sebastien Buemi’s #1 Toyota.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:06

Full Course Yellow again – this is planned to fix the barriers at Copse where the Signatech Apline went off earlier.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:08

Both LMGTE Pro leader Pilet ans second placed Bruni are in the pits, as is Alex Wurz in the #2 TS040

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:09

Fred Makowiecki steps into the Porsche, Toni Vilander into the Ferrari.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:09

Green flag and Benoit Treluyer mugs Buemi for third place!!

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:10

And now di Grassi takes fifth at Club. 3rd to 5th for the Toyota in half a lap

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:11

Davide Rigon is the new leader i LMGTE Pro in the #71 AF Corse Ferrari.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:14

Nick Tandy has lost third in LMP2 to Ryan Dalziel after a slow lap inn the KCMG Oreca

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:22

Mark Webber pits from the lead.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:23

And now the #17 goes back into the garage. Mark Webber’s body language is not happy.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:23

So Marc Lieb takes the lead in the #18 Porsche, but Lucas di Grassi is just 3 seconds behind in the #8 Audi.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:24

but the Audis are fighting each other, Treluyer slicing to inside of di Grassi in T1

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:25

Front and rear bodywork off the #17 – team working underneath the car.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:26

Gearbox problems comes the report from pits on the #17

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:28

Klaus Bachler comes into hand the Abu Dhabi Porsche to Christian Ried, starting another round of stops in LMGTE Am.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:30

The #8 Audi comes in with damage to the left rear. That too is going back into the garage.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:32

The #8, now with Loic Duval aboard comes out of the pits with rear bodywork replaced.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:34

Less than a second between the leaders. Treluyer is chasing down Lieb!

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:35

Buemi comes into the pits from third, Anthony Davidson taking over the #1 

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:36

Benoit Treluyer takes the leads through the Becketts sweeps, but Lieb powers back ahead down the Hanger Straight.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:37

Treluyer now pits, Fassler takes over the #7 

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:38

Now the leader pits, Romain Dumas taking over the #18 Porsche 

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:39

That’s a lie – Neel Jani is in the #18

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:40

Alex Wurz now leads in the #2 Toyota

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:41

The pair of G-Drive Racing Ligier continue to lead in LMP2 with #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD in third. 

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:46

The fight between the #18 and #7 continues, but it’s now over 2nd place

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:50

For the second time Fassler passes Jani at Village but Jani blasts back past on the Wellington Straight.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:52

Davide Rigon pits the #71 AF Corse Ferrari from the lead. James Calado gets into the car

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:54

Fassler and Jani perform their dance over 2nd place for a third time. The Audi is better on the brakes, but the 919 is so fast in a straight line.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:54

Such is the close racing in LMGTE Pro that the #71 has gone from the lead to last in the space of a pitstop.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:56

Fred Makowiecki in the #92 Porsche now leads LMGTE Pro

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:59

Wurz pits from the lead, two minutes before the 2 hour mark, so the #17 and #2 battle becomes for the lead.

James Broomhead April 12, 201513:59

Mike Conway has got into the #2 car, which has dropped to 4th.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:01

Jani leads Fassler by a car length. The Audi driver is determined to forge a way through.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:02

Fassler takes the inside line into Village to re-take the lead. The pair are side by side down the Wellington Straight.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:03

Fabulous side by side duel between Jani and Fassler – the pair passed the National pits wheel-to-wheel!

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:03

Jani leads at the end of lap 67, although that could change soon…

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:06

Neel Jani leads in the #18 Porsche, 1.7 seconds ahead of Marcel Fassler in the #7 Audi.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:08

G-Drive Racing continue to hold the top two places in LMP2. Roman Rusinov (#26) is 34 seconds ahead of Ricardo Gonzalez (#28). Gonzalez was 0.3 seconds slower last time around.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:09

Porsche leads GTE Pro, with the #92 of Frédéric Makowiecki 13 seconds ahead of Toni Vilander in the #51 Ferrari.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:10

Fassler briefly re-takes the lead but Jani holds firm. The Porsche driver is just 0.4 seconds ahead.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:11

The #95 Pro Aston Martin of Marco Sorensen is reportedly losing fluid from the left rear.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:12

Fassler moves around the outside at Village to go into the lead of the race…..

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:13

….until Jani’s superior straight-line swings the advantage back in Porsche’s favour.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:15

The two Pro Ferraris are now running almost together. Calado (#71) is second in class while current world champion Bruni (#51) is just 0.2 seconds behind in third.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:16

Bruni duly passes his team-mate and continues in pursuit of Makowiecki who is 12 seconds down the road.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:18

The lead gap has stabilised slightly. Neel Jani is 1.4 seconds ahead of Marcel Fassler, although the Audi driver is refusing to cease in his pursuit.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:19

Loic Duval sweeps around the outside of a GTE Ferrari and subsequently passes race leader Jani to un-lap the #8 Audi.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:22

Meanwhile, Anthony Davidson has been gaining rapidly on the front-running duo. The world champion is just 3.4 seconds behind race leader Jani.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:24

James Calado sets his fastest lap of the race with a 2:02.279s. The British driver is nearly three seconds behind Gianmaria Bruni.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:25

Anthony Davidson brings the #1 Toyota into the pits from third place. Fuel only.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:27

The #7 Audi of Marcel Fassler heads into the pits. After an intense battle with Jani the Swiss driver makes way for Andre Lotterer.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:28

Bruni has reduced Makowiecki’s GTE Pro lead by two seconds. Ten seconds now separate the pair.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:29

Anthony Davidson passes team-mate Mike Conway to inherit second position.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:29

The Porsche LMP1 pit crew is readying itself to receive the #18 car of Jani.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:31

Race leader Jani brings the car in. Romain Dumas returns to the track in third.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:32

This promotes Anthony Davidson to the lead of the race, with team-mate Conway in second and Dumas making chase.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:33

Lotterer makes a forceful move on the inside of Dumas at Village, promoting the #7 Audi to third overall.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:35

Davidson is beginning to stretch his legs. The #1 Toyota now has a 5.5 second cushion over Conway, who is now Lotterer’s next target.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:36

The Audis are the quickest cars on track right now as both Lotterer and Duval set lap times in the 1:44.1s.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:36

Lotterer took five seconds out of Conway’s advantage in the previous lap!

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:38

Lotterer makes the inevitable move past Mike Conway, diving to the inside of the Toyota at Vale. The order is now #1 Toyota, #7 Audi, #2 Toyota.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:39

Conway runs wide at the first corner, enabling Dumas to move up into fourth.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:40

One minute stop-go penalty for the #50 Larbre Compétition Corvette for speeding in the pit lane.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:41

Calado has rescued the deficit that he had to Bruni – the #71 driver wants his team-mate to let him past.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:41

Less than a second separates the Pro-class AF Corse pair.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:44

Mike Conway pits the #2 Toyota from fourth, removing the bollard that became lodged in the car’s bodywork earlier in the race. Fuel only.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:46

Rui Aguas (#83 Ferrari) is the fastest man in GTE Am at the moment. He was 1.5 seconds quicker than class leader Mathias Lauda last time around.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:47

Spin for Roman Rusinov in the #26 Ligier, although no damage was incurred.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:47

Track limits warning for Gianmaria Bruni in the #51 AF Corse Ferrari at Copse.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:49

Lotterer was four tenths quicker than Davidson on the previous lap. 2.7 seconds separate the Audi from the Toyota.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:51

IN GTE Pro, Calado posts his quickest lap of the race – 2:02.029s. He is continuing to search for a way past Bruni who was marginally faster on the previous lap. The prancing horses are charging.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:52

Lotterer takes a look on Davidson’s inside at Brooklands but the Toyota driver shuts the door.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:54

The lead changes again as Lotterer dives past Davidson at Village.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:55

Duval follows Lotterer’s example by passing Davidson on the National pits straight. He is still a lap down on his team-mate, though.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:56

Lead change in GTE Am as Lauda brings the #98 Aston Martin into the pits for a driver change. Canadian Paul Dalla Lana takes over, while Aguas assumes the class lead in the #83 Ferrari. Aguas should be pitting fairly soon.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:58

James Calado completes a good recovery stint by bringing the #71 AF Corse Ferrari into the pits for a driver change. Davide Rigon is now at the wheel.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201514:58

The #98 Aston Martin of Dalla Lana is reportedly losing fluid from the rear.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:01

We have reached the halfway point of the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone. LMP1 order: #7 Audi leads, #1 Toyota (+5.53), #18 Porsche (+11.81).

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:02

LMP2 order: #26 G-Drive leads, #28 G-Drive (1:07.10s), #30 ESM (+1:41.46s).

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:03

GTE Pro order: #92 Porsche leads, #51 AF Corse (+1.44), #91 Porsche (+35.26).

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:04

GTE Am order: #83 AF Corse Ferrari leads, #98 Aston Martin Racing (+28.31), #88 Proton Competition (+1:35.97s).

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:05

The GTE Pro leader (#92 Porsche) pits. Patrick Pilet remains at the wheel.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:07

Second and third in LMP2 pit simultaneously. Ricardo Gonzalez (#28 G-Drive) finishes a long stint to hand over to Gustavo Yacaman, while Scott Sharp has relieved David Heinemeier Hansson in the #30 ESM.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:09

Rui Aguas is continuing to push hard at the head of the GTE Am field. The Ferrari driver was two seconds quicker than Paul Dalla Lana on the last lap.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:10

At the head of the field, Lotterer is now 8.5 seconds ahead of Davidson.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:11

Five second stop-go penalty for the #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Porsche for speeding in the pit lane. Khaled al Qubaisi is currently at the wheel.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:12

GTE Pro leader Bruni brings the #51 AF Corse Ferrari into the pits. After a full service, Finnish driver Toni Vilander sets off for his stint.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:13

We are expecting Lotterer and Davidson to pit within the next two laps.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:14

The #1 Toyota comes into the pit lane. Kazuki Nakajima will take over from Davidson.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:15

The GTE Am class leader also heads to its pit box. Rui Aguas completes an excellent stint, with Emmanuel Collard hoping to maintain the team’s momentum.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:16

Collard emerges in second, 54 seconds behind Dalla Lana. The chase is on.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:16

Andre Lotterer rolls along the pit apron for a fuel-only stop.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:17

Romain Dumas is now leading the race, about half a minute ahead of the Audi man.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:18

The LMP2-leading #26 G-Drive Ligier of Roman Rusinov has undergone a driver change. Silver rated driver Julien Canal is now at the wheel.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:18

Canal completes the car’s 100th lap, a minute ahead of the #28 sister car.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:20

In GTE Am, Collard has just taken 1.6 seconds out of Dalla Lana’s lead.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:21

Romain Dumas is looking to extend the Porsche’s mileage at the front of the field. The #18 Porsche has performed one less pit stop than the Audis and Toyotas.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:24

Richie Stanaway (#99 Aston Martin) passes Stefan Mucke in the #97 machine. Stanaway is now fifth in GTE Pro.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:25

Romain Dumas pits from the lead of the race after a long stint. Marc Lieb takes over in third position, meaning that Lotterer is now in first position with Nakajima in second.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201515:25

The GTE class has been running close together (Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd)

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:26

Lotterer was over two seconds faster than Nakajima on the last lap.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:30

A scary moment for Marc Lieb coming out of Stowe as he touches the astroturf on the outside of the corner and swerves off the racing line. The Porsche driver uses all of his experience to correct the errant Porsche and continue without losing too much time.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:31

Mike Conway sweeps around the outside of Lieb at Vale to promote the #2 Toyota to third place.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:33

Stéphane Sarrazin enters the #2 Toyota.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:36

Frédéric Makowiecki (#92 Porsche) receives a reminder to respect the blue flags.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:37

The #8 Audi is currently in the team’s garage. The pit crew lost four laps attempting to fix an issue underneath the front bodywork. Oliver Jarvis has taken over from Loic Duval.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:38

The GTE Pro lead battle is down to less than a second.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:38

Davide Rigon (#71 Ferrari) is closing in on Toni Vilander (#51 Ferrari).

Paul Hensby April 12, 201515:38

The sad sight of the #17 Porsche in the pits, now officially retired from the race (Credit: FIA WEC)

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:40

Michael Christensen sets his car’s quickest lap of the race in the #91 GTE Pro Porsche. The Dane’s 2:01.866s is eating into the 20 second gap to the class leaders.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201515:40

The #26 G-Drive Ligier remains in the lead of the LM P2 class (Credit: FIA WEC)

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:41

Rigon has a look on the inside of Vilander at Stowe but the Finnish driver remains calm despite his team-mate’s presence.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:41

This in-fighting is allowing Christensen to close in.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:45

Lotterer has now built up a 35 second cushion over Nakajima. Lieb is a further 16 seconds adrift in third.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:47

Rigon finally finds a way past Vilander. Christensen wasn’t able to capitalise on the Ferraris’ duel and is 19 seconds behind the #51 car.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:48

Rigon is already building a gap between himself and Vilander. 1.8 seconds separate the pair.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:49

Paul Dalla Lana (#98 Aston Martin) is still holding his own at the front of the GTE Am field. However, Emmanuel Collard (#83 Ferrari) is continuing to push, and is now 35 seconds away.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:50

Jean-Marc Merlin (#35 OAK Racing Ligier) rotates at Village. The Frenchman is able to carry on without damage.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:53

The Team ByKolles CLM is still circulating around the 3.6 mile Silverstone circuit. Simon Trummer is at the wheel, and is currently lapping in the high 1 minute 54s (mid-LMP2 pace).

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:53

….as the Swiss driver is reported for a pit-lane infringement by the stewards.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:54

The #47 KCMG ORECA 05 of Richard Bradley receives the same warning.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:55

The GTE Am leader is into the pits. After a strong and consistent stint, Paul Dalla Lana has handed over the #98 Aston Martin to Mathias Lauda.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:56

The Aston’s stop has promoted the #83 AF Corse Ferrari of Emmanuel Collard into the GTE Am class lead, while Andrea Bertolini is currently second in the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201515:58

Up to this point we are yet to have a retirement in the GTE classes.

Daniel Lloyd April 12, 201516:00

Davide Rigon makes his way into the pits, releasing Toni Vilander into the GTE Pro class lead.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:01

With four hours down and two to go, The #7 Audi of Andre Lotterer has a commanding forty second lead over the #1 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, with Marc Lieb third in the #18 Porsche.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:02

The #71 having just stopped has handed the lead back in the LMGTE Pro class to the #51 AF Corse of Toni Vilander, with the #91 Porsche in second and the #95 Aston Martin

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:03

The #26 G-Drive Racing of Julien Canal still leads LMP2 ahead of team-mate #28 of Gustavo Yacaman

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:04

The #83 AF Corse leads LMGTE AM, with Emmanuel Collard behind the wheel of the Ferrari F458 Italia.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:04

The #1 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima is into the pits, fuel only stop.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:05

Just as the #1 Toyota leaves the pits, the race leading Audi #7 of Andre Lotterer hits pit lane.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:06

Lotterer staying in the car, but after double stinting their tyres in the last pit stop, the Audi has new tyres and a full tank of fuel.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:06

Lotterer rejoins the track behind the #18 Porsche of Marc Lieb, with Nakajima now third.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:08

The blue skies that the race began have been replaced by a large number of clouds, although the chance of rain remains remote.  The headlights however are becoming more prominent.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:09

The #91 Porsche of Michael Christensen is in the pits for fuel and tyres.  James Calado’s #71 will resume second in GTE Pro class.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:10

The #50 is in the gravel trap at turn 13 (Becketts).  He had assistance from the #8 Audi in that.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:11

The incident is already under investigation as the #50 has been pushed out of the gravel.  Kristian Poulsen is limping down the Hanger Straight.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:13

The #8 having an exciting few laps as he comes close to hitting the #42 Strakka at the loop.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:14

The LMGTE Pro leader #51 AF Corse of Gianmaria Bruni has pitted, and handed the class lead back to team-mate James Calado in the #71.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:15

Nick Leventis has had a moment at the loop, the #42 Strakka Racing machine gets going again however and remains P4 in LMP2.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:16

Marc Lieb is set to pit after running a thirty lap stint, matching the distance Romain Dumas from earlier in the race.  Neel Jani is to resume behind the wheel.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:17

The #42 Strakka has entered the pits for another stop, with the Dome S103 having a good opening race despite a few adventures off track from their drivers.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:18

More problems for the #8, with Oliver Jarvis losing it at the loop this time.  The fifth placed Audi has got going again however.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:19

The #83 LMGTE Am leading #83 AF Corse has pitted, and has given the lead to the #98 Aston Martin of Mathias Lauda.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:20

Andre Lotterer remains in the lead of this motor race, well clear of the Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima, with the second Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin third ahead of Jani’s Porsche.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:21

We now have only 100 minutes of the race remaining…

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:22

The two AF Corse LMGTE Pro entries of the #71 and #51 are still nose to tail even after the pit stop cycle.  The two are fighting for position through Brooklands and Luffield, running side by side but Calado holds on.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:23

The #2 Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin pits from P3, with the #18 Porsche resuming its position into third in LMP1.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:24

The #51 AF Corse has passed the #71 at the Loop, but don’t expect this to be the final swap of position between these two with over 90 minutes still remaining.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:25

The #4 Team Bykolles is still running, albeit well off the pace, and former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien has taken the wheel of the car for the first time.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:26

Klien is sharing this car with former GP2 podium finisher Simon Trummer, and Vitantonio Liuzzi, ironically the driver who he shared a Red Bull drive with back in 2005!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:27

The #8 Audi pits for fuel, Oliver Jarvis remains in the car for another stint.  He has had an exciting stint so far…

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:29

The #91 Porsche is closing the gap to the battling AF Corse’s at the head of LMGTE Pro.  Richard Lietz is currently behind the wheel of the #91.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:30

The #42 Strakka Racing car has been reported to the stewards for speeding in the pit lane.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:32

Andre Lotterer still half a minute clear of everyone at the head of the field.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:35

It may be down in twenty-fifth, but the #31 Extreme Speed Motorsports car will see former Le Mans winner David Brabham take the wheel for the first time during the race.  The Aussie has had FIVE laps in this car so far this weekend.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:36

The second placed #28 G-Driver Racing LMP2 car of Gustavo Yacaman has pitted, with Luis Felipe Derani taking over from the Colombian.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:37

The third placed LMP2 car of Scott Sharp in the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD has also pitted.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:37

The #47 KCMG car has received a one-minute stop/go penalty for a pit lane infringement.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:41

The #47 was penalised for rolling a tyre off the pit lane into the garage rather than carrying it… yes…

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:43

The exciting race for the #4 continues as the stewards are looking into an apparently speeding under yellow flags offence…. never rains but it pours for that team.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:47

The fourth placed LMP2 #42 Strakka Racing machine is in pit lane. Nick Leventis has jumped out… Danny Watts is back into the car.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:50

The #2 Toyota, currently in fourth place, is under investigation for a pit stop infringement.  Stephane Sarrazin is currently behind the wheel.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:52

The LMP2 leading #26 G-Drive Racing car is in the pits, Julien Canal has jumped out of the car with Sam Bird now in the car with 68 minutes of the race to go.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:54

The second placed #1 Toyota is in pit lane. Kazuki Nakajima has finished his stint, with Red Bull test driver Sebastian Buemi now in the car.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:55

The race leading #7 Audi is in the pit lane, Andre Lotterer after a brilliant stint has finally hopped out of the car, Marcel Fassler is in.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:56

The Audi retains the lead after the stop, but the #18 Porsche is not far away.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:57

Mathias Lauda has pitted the #98 Aston Martin from the lead of LMGTE AM, with former F1 driver Pedro Lamy now in the car.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201516:58

The #83 AF Corse is back in the lead now of LMGTE AM, with Francois Perrodo currently behind the wheel of the Ferrari F458 Italia.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:00

As it stands, with an hour of the race to go, Andre Lotterer’s stint has put the #7 Audi in prime position for the win.  The car, now in the hands of Marcel Fassler, is now a pit stop clear of the #18 Porsche of Neel Jani.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:01

Sam Bird leads in LMP2 for the #26 G-Drive Racing ahead of team-mate Pipo Derani in the #28.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:02

Gianmaria Bruni holds a five second lead in LMGTE Pro for AF Corse, but James Calado is now under attack from Richard Lietz for P2.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:03

Francois Perrodo holds the advantage in LMGTE AM in the #83 AF Corse ahead of the #72 SMP Racing currently in the hands of Victor Shaytar.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:03

Four of the LMGTE Pro cars are in the pits, the #71, #91, #95 and the #99.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:06

The #99 Aston Martin Racing V8 of Alex Macdowell has been shown the black and white flag for track limits. The Briton will now have to be careful.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:08

Jani sweeps past Fassler down the Wellington Straight but the Audi comes right back at the Porsche and retains the lead.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:09

Jani takes the lead down the old pit straight, and holds on for now…. for now!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:10

The battle ends with the #18 Porsche of Neel Jani taking its final scheduled stop of the race.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:11

Jani has remained in the seat for the final stint, with the Swiss driver showing good speed throughout the race so far… and his battles with Fassler have been epic all afternoon!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:13

The #2 Toyota of Stephane Sarrazin is in pit lane from fourth, with Alexander Wurz taking over for the final 47 minutes or so of the race.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:16

Gianmaria Bruni has pitted the #51 AF Corse from the lead in LMGTE Pro. Bruni remains in the car doing a triple-stint!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:17

The #7 Audi holds a commanding lead in LMP1, mainly thanks to Andre Lotterer (Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd)

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:18

Oliver Jarvis has pitted from P5 in the #8 Audi, and remains in the car. He’ll be in until the end now!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:19

Christian Klien has pulled off at Village.  Looks like the #4 Bykolles car has finally ended its race after many troubles that started almost at the start of the race.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:23

Pipo Derani has pitted from second in LMP2, and remains in the car for the last 35 minutes.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:25

Ryan Dalziel has also pitted for the third placed #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports car in LMP2.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:31

Half an hour of this race remaining, and the order seems pretty settled…

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:31

The #42 Strakka Racing car pits once more from P4 in LMP2.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:32

The race leader is under investigation for passing the #18 and the #95 by the stewards at turn 18 (final corner)…

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:33

Danny Watts has remained behind the wheel of the #42 Strakka Racing car incidentally.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:38

Sebastian Buemi has set the fastest lap the #1 Toyota has seen today with just 24 minutes remaining. He is 37 seconds behind the leading Audi.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:39

The #1 Toyota looks to be pitting shortly, with the leading Audi also set to pit again before the conclusion of the race.  The Porsche however should be good to go.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:39

And as I say that, the #1 Toyota is in…

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:40

The #18 Porsche is up to second as a result of #1 pitting.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:41

Stop/go penalty for the race leading #7 Audi!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:42

The #7 has been called abusing track limits.  The race has come alive!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:42

The groan in the media centre when the penalty was called was loud…

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:45

The #7 has pitted for a splash of fuel… but will need to come round to serve his penalty next time around.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:46

Marcel Fassler has a 37 second lead over the #18 Porsche of Neel Jani… what will happen when the #7 takes their penalty?

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:47

And the #7 is in for his penalty.  It looks like the #7 will still hold the lead, but by a hugely reduced margin.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:47

The gap was 37 seconds, it is now 11.9 seconds.  Twelve minutes to go…

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:49

The gap is now less than ten seconds. Jani is trying its hardest to close this gap to the leading Audi.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:50

This could be some climax to this motor race. TEN MINUTES REMAIN!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:51

We still have 26 of the 29 starters on track, with only the #4 Bykolles, the #17 Porsche and the #36 Signature Alpine not running at this late stage.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:52

The gap now 8.2 seconds with 8 minutes remaining.  Almost two seconds gained by Jani on that last lap.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:52

Another lap in the books, and the gap is now 7.777 seconds between the #7 and the #18.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:54

Fassler seemingly holding the gap now with Jani not gaining anything in the first two sectors of lap 197.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:54

In fact Fassler puts another second on Jani, the gap is now 8.9 seconds.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:56

The #1 Toyota is closing on the #18! The top three are putting on a great show for the Silverstone fans!

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:58

The leading LMGTE AM car is in pit lane. Pedro Lamy behind the wheel… and has kept the lead.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:58

Two minutes to go, and less than 2 laps remaining. The #7 Audi looks like they’ve got this in the bag, with the #18 Porsche six seconds behind.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201517:59

We are onto the final lap of this fantastic 6 Hours of Silverstone.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:00

Half a lap to go… Fassler still in control. Jani has taken 1 second out of the lead but it will be too little too late for the Porsche.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:00

Marcel Fassler heading into Vale and into Club and takes the WIN for Audi #7

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:01

The #18 Porsche of Neel Jani finishes 4.610s adrift in second place, with the #1 Toyota of Sebastian Buemi third, 14.816s behind the winner.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:02

The stop/go penalty did not ultimately cost the #7 Audi victory, but it made the final laps more exciting, with the Porsche giving as much as they can to take the fight to the end.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:04

Sam Bird has crossed the line for victory in the LMP2 class in the #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier, ahead of team-mate Pipo Derani in the #28.  The #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports completes the podium with Ryan Dalziel.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:05

After six hours of racing, there were no retirements in either LMGTE class, with the #51 AF Corse taking victory in the PRO class ahead of the #91 Porsche and the #71 AF Corse.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:06

Gianmaria Bruni continues to show why he is amongst the very best GT drivers in the world right now after taking the #51 to victory alongside Toni Vilander.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:07

In the LMGTE AM class, the #98 Aston Martin of Pedro Lamy has taken the victory, ahead of the #83 AF Corse of Rui Aguas, with the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari of Andrea Bertolini third.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:08

But what an amazing conclusion to a six hour event.  Endurance racing at its very best, with the three manufacturers putting on a great show throughout.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:09

But it is the #7 Audi of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer that have emerged victorious.

Paul Hensby April 12, 201518:12

The 6 Hour of Silverstone race winning Audi #7 (Credit: FIA WEC)

James Broomhead April 12, 201518:15

The G-Drive Racing team of Sam Bird, Julien Canal and Roman Rusinov win LMP2

James Broomhead April 12, 201518:15

Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander combine for LMGTE pro victory for AF Corse. 

James Broomhead April 12, 201518:16

And the Aston Martin Racing team of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda win in LMGTE Am

James Broomhead April 12, 201518:17

And that concludes out Live Blog coverage of the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship here at Silverstone. Keep a look out on site over the next few days for a full report and reactions from today’s race.