Audi Survives Porsche Assault to Win 6 Hours of Spa


The #7 Audi Sport Team Joest crew of André Lotterer, Benoït Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler emerged victorious at the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps after another close encounter with Porsche.

Tréluyer crossed the line 13.4 seconds ahead of Neel Jani in the chasing #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid after a race-long battle on alternate strategies.

Both manufacturers opted to stretch their final sets of tyres which ultimately produced a close finish after six hours of continuous running.

Porsche also secured the third spot on the podium with the #17 pole sitting car of Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard finishing comfortably ahead of the #8 Audi.

Many LMP1 cars encountered problems during the race, most notably the #1 Toyota of Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi which was struck by a throttle issue just after halfway. The #19 Porsche also suffered from setbacks, with Nick Tandy colliding with a GTE-class Porsche on lap 7.

In LMP2, the JOTA Sport Gibson-Nissan of Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Mitch Evans prevailed by one lap over the #28 G-Drive Racing Ligier. The sister #26 Ligier had been a threat throughout the race, but an engine failure with just over an hour to go forced Sam Bird to return to the pits for race-long repairs. Team SARD Morand rounded out the LMP2 podium on its FIA WEC race debut.

Aston Martin Racing repeated its qualifying heroics by securing a victory sweep of the GTE classes. The #99 Aston of Fernando Rees, Alex MacDowall and Richie Stanaway won the Pro category, thanks in part to a late stop/go penalty for the charging #51 AF Corse Ferrari for a pit crew infringement.

The penalty demoted the Ferrari to fourth in class, which allowed the two Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSRs to assume the final two podium positions.

GTE Am honours went to the #98 Aston Martin crew of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda. The #50 Larbre Compétition Corvette C7.R had been a protagonist in the lead battle during the early stages but an excursion into the gravel caused enough damage to keep the car in the garage for the rest of the race.

Instead the #83 AF Corse Ferrari of François Perrodo, Rui Aguas and Emmanuel Collard finished comfortably in second while the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari completed the top three, creating a carbon copy of the Silverstone GTE Am podium.

Full class reports to follow.

 

POS.CLASSNO.TEAMCARTIME
1LMP17Audi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 e-tron quattro176 laps
2LMP118Porsche TeamPorsche 919 Hybrid+13.424
3LMP117Porsche TeamPorsche 919 Hybrid+1 lap
4LMP18Audi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 e-tron quattro+2 laps
5LMP12Toyota Gazoo RacingToyota TS040 Hybrid+3 laps
6LMP119Porsche TeamPorsche 919 Hybrid+3 laps
7LMP19Audi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 e-tron quattro+8 laps
8LMP11Toyota Gazoo RacingToyota TS040 Hybrid+14 laps
9LMP238JOTA SportGibson 015S Nissan+15 laps
10LMP228G-Drive RacingLigier JS P2 Nissan+16 laps
11LMP243Team SARD MorandMorgan Nissan+17 laps
12LMP247KCMGORECA 05 Nissan+17 laps
13LMP236Signatech AlpineAlpine A450b Nissan+17 laps
14LMP242Strakka RacingStrakka Dome S103+20 laps
15LMP235OAK RacingLigier JS P2 Nissan+24 laps
16GTE Pro99Aston Martin RacingAston Martin V8 Vantage+25 laps
17GTE Pro92Porsche Team MantheyPorsche 911 RSR+25 laps
18GTE Pro91Porsche Team MantheyPorsche 911 RSR+25 laps
19GTE Pro51AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia+25 laps
20GTE Pro97Aston Martin RacingAston Martin V8 Vantage+26 laps
21GTE Pro95Aston Martin RacingAston Martin V8 Vantage+26 laps
22GTE Pro71AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia+26 laps
23LMP231Extreme Speed MotorsportsLigier JS P2 HPD+27 laps
24GTE Am98Aston Martin RacingAston Martin V8 Vantage+28 laps
25GTE Am83AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia+28 laps
26GTE Am72SMP RacingFerrari 458 Italia+29 laps
27GTE Am88Abu Dhabi Proton RacingPorsche 911 RSR+30 laps
28GTE Am77Dempsey Proton RacingPorsche 911 RSR+31 laps
29GTE Am96 Aston Martin RacingAston Martin V8 Vantage+38 laps
30LMP230Extreme Speed MotorsportsLigier JS P2 HPD+42 laps
31LMP226G-Drive RacingLigier JS P2 Nissan+52 laps
NCGTE Am55AF CorseFerrari 458 ItaliaLap 128
NCGTE Am50Larbre CompetitionCorvette C7.RLap 61
NCLMP14Team ByKollesCLM P1/01 AERLap 46