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Silverstone WEC: Hartley reprimanded following Wainwright crash

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Brendon Hartley received a reprimand for his part in the crash that eliminated the #1 Porsche Team from the Six Hours of Silverstone on Sunday.

Hartley was over forty seconds ahead of the field when the LMP1 driver clashed with the GTE AM #86 Gulf Racing Porsche driven by Michael Wainwright, with Hartley lucky not to roll in what was a high speed incident that ended both races.

Stewards reviewed in the incident post race and reprimanded the New Zealander for a lack of caution while lapping a back marker, especially as Wainwright appeared to be taking his normal line through the corners.

You are reminded that LMP1 drivers are liable for the way they overtake slower cars such as LMP2 and especially LM GTE cars,” said a statement from the stewards.

“In this case, the stewards consider that Mr Brendon Hartley is responsible for the lack of caution and didn’t watch out before overtaking car #86.”

The retirement of the #1 Porsche meant the lead of the race went to the #7 Audi Sport Team Joest entry, but that was subsequently excluded post race, allowing the #2 Porsche of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb to inherit the victory.

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