This live blog will be updated during the first two hours of the Six Hours of Silverstone, the first round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
14:01We’re heading over to second part of our live blog which can be found here
14:00The #31 Lotus looks like it’s stopped out on track
13:58Kobayashi says it’s not easy through the traffic but is looking forward to the next session
13:58#92 Porsche comes in to the pits for a scheduled stop, all looks ok despite the contact with the Krohn Ferrari
13:56#92 Porsche makes slight contact with the Krohn Ferrari
13:55Kobayashi pits the #71 Ferrari
13:54The #61 remains in the garage with the team working hard to fix the front of the F458 after the Strakka attack
13:52The #99 Aston Martin and the #76 Porsche pit
13:50The #32 Lotus – in the pits since the opening stages after their own clash at Village – is back on track, though way, way off the pace
13:47Gerber’s made t back to the pits, but it’s not going to be a quick fix for the #61 team
13:47All gone a bit mad for AF Corse, Kamui Kobayashi spins at Becketts on the fluid being dropped by Jack Gerber’s #61
13:45Leventis lost the HPD under braking for the right-hander and smashed into the Ferrari, which was innocently turning to the corner
13:44Nick Leventis in the Strakka LMP1 and the #61 AF Corse Ferrari have had a big crash at Village
13:43Loic Duval has lapped fourth placed Nicolas Lapierre, with 1:45 of racing complete
13:39Drops of rain are back!!!!!
13:37John Martin has stayed in the #26 and is still ahead in LMP2 after the pitstops
13:35Neel Jani completes the second round of LMP1 stops in the #12 Rebellion – timing screens say he’s staying in for a third stint
13:32Martin, Pizzonia and Olivier Pla – the top 3 in LMP2 are all in the pits
13:29Joerg Bergmiester has got back to the race after a stop in the Porsche AG team Manthey garage in the #91 car
13:29Now Davidson brings the #8 into the pits, Stephane Sarrazin gets in – 90 minutes into the race now
13:28John Martin has passed Delta-ADR/G-Drive teammate Pizzonia for the LMP2 lead
13:27Alex Wurz is the first Toyota into the pits for the second time, Lapierre will climb aboard the #7
13:26Anthony Davidson should be into the pits soon from a lead he picked up when the Audis pitted
13:24#61 – AF Corse’s LMGTE Am car is off at Brooklands in the gravel – Jack Gerber at the wheel. He’s off and running again after a shove from the marshals
13:22Treluyer pits a lap after McNish. Despite the stall Duval should still get the lead back
13:21Benoit Treluyer – temporarily – takes the lead of the race in the #1. Duval stalls the #2 as he leaves the pits
13:20End of lap 45, McNish is into the pits
13:19Raymond Narac, in the IMSA Performance Porsche breaks the Aston Martin dominate in LMGTE Am, passing Roald Goethe for second
13:17LMP teams getting ready for a second round of pitstops. Loic Duval preparing to take over the leading #2 car
13:13Kamui Kobayashi gets by Joerg Bergmeister for third in GTE Pro
13:11It’s still and Aston Martin Racing 1-2 in LMGTE Am, Allan Simonsen leads Roald Goethe by nearly 70 seconds
13:08After pitstops it’s now Darren Turner in the leading Aston in LMGTE Pro, now chased by Giancarlo Fisichella for AF Corse
13:05John Martin has passed two OAK racing Morgans in one lap and it’s now 1-2 for Delta-ADR in LMP2 with Antonio Pizzonia still leading
13:03#95 Aston pits from the class lead
13:03#47 – Black and White flag for incident with #41
13:02The #96 Aston Martin is out on track again but running slow
13:01Top 3 after 1 hour LMP – #25 Delta-ADR, #35 OAK Racing, #24 OAK Racing – Very close around Stowe corner, possible contact
13:00#96 GTE Am Aston Martin pits from the lead
13:00Top 3 after 1 hour LMP1 – #2 Audi, #1 Audi, #8 Toyota
12:58Aston Martin are ready for a pitstop
12:58The incident betwween the Greaves and KCMG car is now under investigation
12:58Wurz uses the traffic to his adantage to get around the Rebellion car, now up to fourth place
12:57The Chris Dyson Greaves comes together with KCMG car, Howson gets spun around infront of the #13 Rebellion, all cars ok
12:56Kane continues his impressive run in the Strakka car after starting from the back of the grid is now on the tail of #12 Rebellion
12:55Treluyer is currently the fastest of the two Audis as the gap is reduced to 19 seconds between the leaders
12:54Wurz is now right behind the Rebellion of Belicchi and looking to make a move around the customer Toyota-powered car
12:53This means Kamui Kobayashi is set for his first competitive run in the FIA WEC in the Ferrari
12:52#92 Porsche and #71 Ferrari in the pits, looks like a driver change for the Ferrari
12:51Stefan Mucke leads the GTE Pro class with a comfortable 9 second gap back to the Ferrari of Bruni
12:50Gap between McNish and Treluyer now up to 22 seconds, #8 Toyota of Davidson running in third
12:47Belicchi brings the #13 Rebellion in to the pits for a scheduled stop
12:46Stop and Go penalty for #49 Pecom Racing car for the incident involving the #32 Lotus Praga earlier
12:45LMP2 cars #26, #24, #41, #47 all in the pits, with #24 gaining the advantage and a place on the race out of the pitlane
12:44The #99 Aston Martin has lost out to the Ferrari of Bruni and Porsche of Pilet and drops to fourth in class
12:43Pizzonia comes in to the pits from the LMP2 lead . Davidson brings in the #8 Toyota in from the lead.
12:41Toyota waiting in the pits for the #7 car while the #31 Lotus LMP2 continues to have issues with the door.
12:40The two Rebeillion cars are running in tandem as the look to make it though traffic through the complex.
12:39Audi #2 in for fuel, looks like a double stint with no tyres or driver changes, #1 loses a little time in the pits
12:38Aston Martin continue to dominate both GTE classes holding on to their one-two positions
12:38#7 Toyota continues to pick it’s way though LMP2 traffic, locking up again
12:37Timing screens show wet track message
12:36Mcnish continues to lead Treluyer with the #8 and #7 Toyota following through traffic
12:35Possible spots of rain around the circuit, nothing major at the moment
12:34Lotus Praga team still working on the car and hoping to get back out on track, although out of contention for a decent position the team will be looking to get valuable data.
12:33Kimber-Smith is responding to the incoming Howson and was a second and a half quicker on that last lap
12:33#91 Porsche is warned for exceeding the track limits at Turn 7
12:32#8 Toytota garage could be getting ready for a stop, appears to be some movement in the pitlane
12:31Still problems for the #32 Lotus Praga as they look for damage caused in the accident earlier, doesn’t look good for their debut
12:30Another lock up for the #7 Toyota
12:29In LMP2 Howson is closing in on the back of Kimber-Smith, less than 5 seconds between the two now
12:26Well clear at the front in LMGTE Am Jamie Campbell-Walter and Allan Simonsen are keeping up with the end of the Pro cars
12:24Wurz in fourth is falling back , now ten seconds behind Davidson
12:23Lap 13: McNish leads by 6.5 seconds from Treluyer, Davidson holding firm 6 more back in third
12:22Minassian is lighting up the times and is running fastest of the LMP2 cars as he looks to make up time lost in the collision with the Lotus
12:19Top three in Michelin Green X – #50 Labre Corvette, #49 Pecom Oreca, #31 Lotus Praga
12:19Twenty minutes in. Stefan Mucke still leads LMGTE Pro, with a six second advantage over fellow Aston Martin man Pedro Lamy
12:18Anthony Davidson up to third at Stowe on lap 10, but he’s 11 seconds off the lead and 6 behind Treluyer in second place
12:18Matt Howson is on the move in LMP2 as he looks to make the gap up to the Greaves car, currently a 17 second gap
12:16The other Lotus – with Jan Charouz – has made it back to the pits, with suspension damage on the right-front from the contact at Village
12:16The #47 KCMG car has made it by the #45 OAK racing car up to sixth in class
12:15Luizzi is back into the pits, and being pushed back into the garage in the #31 Lotus
12:14Julien Canal has also made an early stop in the Larbre Competition LMGTE Am Corvette for tyres and fuel.
12:13Minassian has made it back to the pits. Jan Charouz is still slow out on track.
12:12Treluyer is up to second – it’s now an Audi 1-2!!
12:12Unsurprisingly the Minassian/Charouz contact is being investigated by officials
12:11The Strakkacar of Kane has now passed the LMP2 cars and is currently around 23 seconds behind the Rebellion of Belicchi
12:11McNish leads!! He passes Wurz at the start of the seventh lap. Can he pull away from the Toyotas?
12:10Nic Minassian has hit Jan Charouz’s Lotus at Village. Damage to Minassian’s Pecom Racing car at least
12:09End of lap five and Wurz has a 0.5 second gap to McNish, Davidson another 0.4 back
12:07Treluyer is up to fourth past Neel Jani
12:06First problem is for the #31 Lotus of Tonio Liuzzi – team being told to check the car’s door
12:05The KCMG LMP2 car is making it’s way through the GT cars and has now made it to the back of the class
12:05McNish has second from Davidson at Stowe on lap three.
12:02Pizzonia, Mucke and Campbell-Walter all lead the opening laps in their classes from pole position
12:02Wurz leads lap one from Davidson and McNish. Jani keeps fourth place between the R18
12:00Green Flag!! Toyotas are 1 and 2 into Abbey for the first time and the whole field is round turn one safely!
11:58He gets a shove from the marshals and is back on his way
11:57Already a problem for Jim Ka To in the KCMG LMP2 Morgan who has spun on the formation lap at The Loop
11:56And cars are off on the formation lap. Time to start the #WEC season!!!!
11:56Engines are fired, the noise rumbling up into the media centre from the grid outside
11:54Counting down to the start of the formation lap now. Pulses staring to race yet?
11:50Antonio Pizzonia will lead LMP2 away from Delta-ADR/G-Drive Racing, Stefan Mucke and Jamie Campbell-Walter will start from LMHTE pro and AM poles
11:47Allan McNish and Benoit Treluyer in the two Audi e-tron quattro, split by Neel Jani in the #12 Rebellion
11:46Looks like it’ll be Alex Wurz and Anthony Davidson starting the #7 and #8 Toyotas from the front row.
11:44The cars are out on the grid outside The Wing. The sky is cloudy but so far rain is staying away.
11:42Welcome to TCF’s live coverage of the Six Hours of Silverstone. We’re 20 minutes away from the green flag here!