Live: WEC Six Hours Of Silverstone: Race – Part Three

FIA World Endurance Championship (Photo Credit: Chris Gurton Photography)

This live blog will be updated during the final two hours of the FIA World Endurance Championship event, the Six Hours of Silverstone.

18:04#25 Delta-ADR wins in LMP2, #97 Aston Martin GTE Pro and #96 Aston Martin with GTE AM. Thank you for tuning in, as this now ends our broadcast.

18:01The #2 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval wins the 6 Hours of Silverstone, taking full points for the first round of the 2013 FIA WEC

17:58#2 Audi is pulling away – nearly 2 seconds ahead of #1 Audi.

17:58#81 8 Star Ferrari has made it back to the pits

17:57#81 8 Star Ferrari suffers contact to the left rear – car goes off track with a delaminated left rear tyre.

17:56With 4 minutes 30 seconds to go – #2 Audi takes the lead into Luffield – a spirited drive by McNish on home soil.

17:55#81 8 Star Ferrari suffers a left rear puncture

17:54McNish is now behind Treluyer, as both clear the traffic to fight for the win, less than 8 tenths of a second behind.

17:53#41 Greaves goes past the #35 Oak Racing for third place

17:52#2 Audi – McNish sets a fastest lap of the race – a 1:42.767. The gap is closing fast – 2 seconds presently

17:51With just 10 minutes to go, #2 Audi with McNish is clearly the man to watch, as the gap to Treluyer is just 3.3 seconds

17:50#47 KCMG is not that far behind the LMP2 battle for third

17:50#35 Oak Racing and #41 Greaves Motorsport fighting for third – Kimber-Smith trying to get past at Copse

17:48#61 Ferrari out of pit lane and back on track.

17:46The gap between both Audis is down to 8.623 seconds. McNish is catching Treluyer, who is encountering traffic.

17:45#81 8 Star Ferrari and #50 Larbre Corvette within a second of each other.

17:44#35 Oak Racing with Martin Plowmann is now back to 3rd in LMP2

17:43McNish in the #2 Audi is catching fast – gap down to just over 10 seconds. He is having to deal with traffic.

17:42#12 Rebellion Racing in the pits

17:40KCMG #47 has just pitted – currently P6 in the LMP2 Class

17:38#32 Lotus in the pits with a driver change, tyres and fuel stop

17:37The gap between the two Audis is now just 15 seconds.

17:36Pla has just set a 1:49.603, with McNish just over 16 seconds behind Treluyer

17:35#24 Oak Racing car with Pla is pushing hard, but is half a lap behind the class leader

17:34Pizzonia is staying in the car of the final 25 minutes of the race.

17:34#225 Delta-ADR – LMP2 leader – is making its pitstop

17:33Makowiecki in the #99 Aston Martin is catching Kobayashi in the #71 AF Corse Ferrari

17:31#61 AF Corse Ferrari in the pits – driver change has taken place

17:31#2 Audi – McNish has got the gap down to just over 20 seconds. The Scot is flying..

17:30#24 Oak Racing now in the pits for fuel only – dropped to 44 seconds behind #25 Delta-ADR

17:28#35 Oak Racing loses 3rd to #49 Precom – due to pit stop

17:28McNish in #2 Audi has got the gap to Treluyer in #1 Audi to 25.6 seconds

17:27#35 Oak Racing misses pit box and gets pushed into correct position

17:26#24 Oak Racing – Pla has now found 5 seconds against #25 DELTA-ADR

17:25Last stop for Davidson for the race. Gap between both Audis is now 29.4 seconds

17:24#8 Toyota now in pit lane

17:24#99 Aston Martin has just left the pit, dropping to third in Pro class

17:23#2 Audi – tyres all round for McNish, as Treluyer in #1 Audi now in the lead. McNish complained of vibration after his off track excursion

17:22#2 Audi now in the pits

17:21#2 Audi now takes the lead – Treluyer stopped for fuel only

17:20#2 Audi – McNish off track at Chapel losing 15 seconds. #1 Audi now in the pits

17:19#32 Lotus off track

17:18#8 Toyota is within 3 tenths of a second of the fastest lap of the race.

17:17#7 Toyota now in the pits

17:16Gap between #1 & #2 Audis is now 4.5 seconds

17:14#8 Toyota with Davidson behind the wheel is 2 seconds a lap quicker than both #1 and #2 Audis

17:09Alex Brundle hopeful that Pla in #24 Oak Racing can take the lead from Pizzonia in #25 Delta-ADR

17:06#1 Audi went off line as car went onto Hangar Straight

17:05#71 AF Corse Ferrari in pit lane

17:05Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich has confirmed that Audi #1 is unable to use the e-tron’s hybrid system due to a broken driveshaft

17:03#1 Audi with Benoit Treluyer is also in the pits

17:02#2 Audi has just pitted

17:00McNish pits as the final hour of the race begins. He stays in the car while the car is fuelled. No tyres though

16:58And again McNish sets the fastest lap of the race at 1:43.159, but Treluyer responds with a 1:42.926. Lead is 6.9 seconds

16:56McNish – to establish that lead – set the fastest lap of the race – 1:43.381

16:55McNish – who has sprinted into an 8 second lead – has just put Alex Wurz down a second lap

16:51Alex Brundle, who picked up the LMP2 lead when Walker pitted, comes in. Olivier Pla replaces the Briton at the wheel

16:47James Walker has brought the LMP2 leading#25 Delta-ADR car to the pits, Antonio Pizzonia climbs in

16:44Sebastien Buemi – “We were not strong enough at the start of the race, but now it’s going a little more in our direction”

16:44McNish has the lead out to nearly four seconds already and he and Treluyer chase each other through traffic

16:40The #8 falls back off the lead lap with that stop.

16:39Sebastien Buemi pits the #8 from third place. Anthony Davidson back into the TS030

16:38McNish leads, going up the inside at Brooklands

16:37McNish looks for the lead at Stowe, and Club but remains in second. For Now.

16:36The #35 OAK Racing car is in the pits with the engine cover off. In third they have two lap buffer to the #49 Pecom racing entry

16:36Gap between the Audis is now 0.555 seconds

16:34Wurz, Lapierre and the #7 are too far back for that to have an affect, but the #8 remains on the lead lap behind the Audis

16:34So, the question is: Can the Toyota’s complete the race on one fewer stop than the Audis?

16:33McNish has the lead down to 1.4 seconds. 90 minutes to go.

16:33Alex Wurz is into the pits in the #7 Toyota

16:29Allan McNish sets the fastest lap of the race – 1:43.486. He’s 3.5 seconds behind Treluyer.

16:29No further action on the incident that caused the demise of Strakka Racing. Both cars involved have already been taken out of any contention.

16:26Fred Makowiecki took the #99 Aston back out in the third place in LMGTE Pro after taking over from Pedro Lamy at the last stop. Toni Vilander is 2nd for AF Corse

16:23The #50 Larbre Competition Corvette has been given a 45 second stop-go as punishment for the overtaking under the full course yellows

16:22Andre Lotterer reports that he thinks the #1 car has lost the hybrid drive

16:22And a lap later Lotterer is in in the #1 Audi, Benoit Treluyer back aboard after starting the race in the car

16:19Tom Kristensen dives to the pits in the #2 Audi from second place. Allan McNish getting in.

16:17Pedro Lamy pits from second in LMGTE pro in the #99 Aston – AMR will lose their 1-2 in that class again

16:15Still both Audis at the head of the race, Lotterer leads Kristensen by five seconds with 1:44 left to go

16:10Gerber spins the #61 Ferrari

16:08#12 and #50 pit

16:08Gearbox problems for the #45 OAK racing car, still in the pits in a bid to get the car back out on track

16:06Contact between #32 and #49 resulted in the Lotus spin

16:05The #31 Lotus Praga has spun at turn 5, after a short wait Karihamer returns to track

16:04Positions remain unchanged in LMP1 with Lotterer still leading, Kristensen in second, Buemi in third

16:03James Walker in the #25 Delta-ADR car is back in the lead of the LMP2 class

16:02LMP2 leaders #24 pit for fuel, Brundle remains in the car

16:0230 second penalty for the #88 Porsche for speeding in the pitlane