Once again, it was Porsche vs Ferrari in the GT class, as the two teams seemed to have the advantage over the other manufacturers. However, with the apparent pace deficit, the #98 Aston Martin Racing trio were not easy to shake, on a mission to recover as many points as they could after their disappointing 24 Hours of Le Mans. Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda had the pace to start on pole position, but it was not long into the race before they felt pressure from behind them. A strong and impressive drive from the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing team saw them take their first win of the season and put a new team on top of the Am Drivers’ World Endurance Championship.
The second-placed #54 Spirit of Race were pushing hard in the final hour of the race, with Miguel Molina cutting an 18 second lead down to just over 4 second in about half an hour. The Spaniard was on a mission to take a class victory for the #54 team on his debut racing in the Ferrari cockpit. As impressive as his final stint was it was not enough to catch the ultra-competitive #77 that took a stunning class victory, something they had looked to be able to do all weekend.
This result sees Christian Ried, Marvin Dienst and Matteo Cairoli on equal points with the #61 Clearwater Racing crew at the top of the Am leaderboard. As the Porsche team has finished on the podium in every race this season, they sit at the top of the championship as the WEC goes into the summer break.
But it is tight at the top. Only two points behind are the #98 Aston Martin Racing crew who will be looking for the championship win after being so close last year. When racing returns in Mexico in September, all of the teams in the top three will be pushing their hardest to take class victory and be the new team at the top of the championship.