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Audi takes Silverstone 1-2

Audi takes a 1-2 finish in the opening round of the World Endurance Championship season at Silverstone
A nail-biting end to the Six Hours of Silverstone saw the Allan McNish beat fellow Audi driver Benoit Treluyer to victory as the new World Endurance Championship season kicked off on British soil.

McNish, driving the #2 R18 e-tron Quattro, was able to pass Treluyer to take victory with just five minutes of the race remaining to secure the RAC Tourist Trophy alongside team-mates Loic Duval and Tom Kristensen.

It also ensured first blood to the German marque in its battle for championship honours with rivals Toyota.

McNish had started the race from third on the grid but soon worked his way to the front, passing the Toyotas of Anthony Davidson and Alex Wurz within the first half a dozen laps, with Treluyer working his way through to second in the sister car.

The #7 Toyota then seemed to encounter a problem as Wurz was passed by Davidson and dropped back with tyre smoke appearing from the back of the Toyota in the braking zone at the end of The Vale as the brakes locked up. However the Austrian was able to keep going and maintain the gap to the the front runners.

The LMP1 Privateer battle between Rebellion and Strakka failed to materialise after Jonny Kane had to start the race at the back of the grid after Strakka's HPD-Honda failed to complete four laps. The two Rebellion Lola Toyotas therefore led the way, with both cars being able to keep in close formation and within a lap of the works Audis and Toyotas.

The battle for LMP2 honours was led by the #25 Delta-ADR Oreca Nissan of Antonio Pizzonia from pole position with the #35 Oak Racing Morgan of Martin Plowman moving up from fourth on the grid to finish the first hour in second.

It wasn't a happy time for the Lotus team however as the #31 T128 of Vitantonio Liuzzi had to make several pitstops for a loose door and the #32 Lotus of Jan Charouz was hit by the Pecom Racing Oreca of Nicolas Minassian, causing damage to the steering and bodywork that looked like it may cause the cars retirement.

In hour two the #2 Audi maintained the lead built up by McNish in the first 60 minutes with Duval ending the second hour with a lead of 15 seconds ahead of Marcel Fassler in the sister car. The #8 Toyota TS030 was still on the lead lap but Stephane Sarrazin was over 80 seconds behind the lead Audis and 20 seconds ahead of teammate Nicolas Lapierre in the #7.

The LMP1 Privateer battle meanwhile became a two horse race when Nick Leventis in the Strakka Racing HPD-Honda spun across the track at T3 and hit the Ferrari of Jack Gerber who was turning in for the next corner. The resulting damage forced Leventis to retire.



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Amigo - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 2:33 PM

I have watched live stream start from finish. I think WEC should get more motor sport reporters and give interview with drivers and teams like F1. It will be more attraction from motor sport fans. GTE-Pro, Aston Martin is very strong and Ferrari was not match for Aston Martin power. Good race.

peter fowler - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 1:13 PM

It was great to get such a full race report particularly as in the past i have felt that your reporting of sports and endurance racing has not been comprehensive enough. one niggle - it would have been nice to get the full results sheet at the end of the report as well.



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