Le Mans » 14 April 2013
Audi takes Silverstone 1-2
The two Toyota TS030 were a lap behind with the #8 TS030 of Anthony Davidson still holding the upper hand over the #7 Toyota of Alex Wurz. The #12 Rebellion Racing Lola-Toyota of Nick Heidfeld is still in a dominant position in the privateer class.
In LMP2 the #25 Delta-ADR Oreca was still at the front of the field, 43 seconds in front of the #24 Oak Racing Morgan of Olivier Pla. The #35 Oak Morgan of Alex Brundle pitted from third place but a faulty starter motor left the British driver stranded in the pitlane and dropped the car down the order and the mechanics worked hard to fix the fault.
As the chequered flag approached McNish, whose car was on fresh tyres following the pitstop, was reeling in the leading Audi with just a few laps remaining. Treluyer didn't have an answer for the faster car and McNish swept into the lead at Luffield and moved ahead to win the race by nearly 3.5 seconds. The two Toyotas were third and fourth with the two Rebellion Racing Lolas in fifth and sixth overall.
The LMP2 victory went to the #25 Delta-ADR Oreca of Antonio Pizzonia, Tor Graves and James Walker, with the #24 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan in second place. The third placed #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan was given a one lap penalty when Michael Marsal failed to respect the minimum driving time of 1h15m, moving the team down to fifth in the LMP2 result. The #49 Pecom Racing Oreca was promoted to third place and the #35 Oak Racing Morgan to fourth.
In the manufacturer's centenary year, and in front of its CEO Dr Ulrich Bez and hundreds of guests, friends and families, Aston Martin Racing celebrated a dominant double victory in both the LMGTE categories.
Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke and Bruno Senna ran a flawless race to win the Pro class in their #97 Vantage V8, having led the race from start to finish. The trio survived an early traction control problem, rain showers and pressure in the first hour from both its sister #99 Aston Martin Vantage (Paul Dalla Lana, Frederic Makowiecki and Pedro Lamy) and the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 458 of Gianmaria Bruni and Giancarlo Fisichella.
From that stage onwards, the British-German-Brazilian driver line up stretched out a lead they were never to relinquish and finished one lap ahead of their nearest rival, the #71 AF Corse Ferrari.
Making his debut in the FIA WEC, just as Senna was, Kamui Kobayashi and his driving partner, Toni Vilander, were thrilled to finish ahead of the #99 Aston Martin, maintaining their cool to take the chequered flag 12.5 seconds ahead of the first of the Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSRs.
Last year's leading LMGTE Pro pairing, Bruni and Fisichella, had a difficult race and ended up having to make one more pit stop than their rivals which cost them dearly. Although the new Porsche 911 RSRs were not able to claim a podium finish on this occasion, the car's performance on track was impressive and it will surely not be long.
In LMGTE Am there was drama right to the end, although fortunately none of it affected the class winners, the #95 Aston Martin Vantage V8 of Christian Nygaard, Kristian Poulsen and Alan Simonsen. The Danish trio, unlike their Pro team-mates, had to wait until in the second hour to take the lead of the class but, once in that position, they didn't loosen their grip on it and finished a resounding three laps ahead of their nearest rival.
Tagged as: Ferrari , Toyota , Lola , Aston Martin , Morgan , Audi , Nissan , Porsche , Oreca , LMP2 , LMP1 , world endurance championship , WEC
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