Audi survived a late fright to take victory in the 2015 World Endurance Championship season opener at the Silverstone 6 Hours with Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer grabbing the win for the German manufacturer.

The No. 7 car had been comfortably closing in on the race win but with just under 20 minutes remaining Audi's Fassler was handed a stop and go penalty for exceeding track limits while overtaking a slower car. Fortunately for the German team it had built up just enough of a lead over the second place Porsche to emerge from the pits in P1.

Despite Porsche's Neel Jani having the Audi in his sights he wasn't able to close the gap over the final few seconds and Audi claimed victory at the first race of the new season by 4.610s.

Defending champions Toyota, who notched up a 1-2 finish at Silverstone 12 months ago, completed the rostrum with Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima taking third in the number 1 Toyota TS040 Hybrid.

Porsche's new 919 Hybrid package shocked its rivals with a surprise pole position at the hands of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard, even though the Audi cars had set the pace during the free practice sessions around the Northamptonshire track.

Webber enjoyed the ideal start off the rolling grid to hold his lead into turn one and made strong progress over the opening 90 minutes, running consistent and quick lap times in a double stint. Race winner Fassler suffered a terrible start as his Audi R18 e-tron quattro choked off the line and fell down the order.

Despite Webber's positive start it wasn't to be for the former Formula 1 driver as he complained of gearbox problems and was forced to pit earlier than anticipated. The Porsche mechanics had the number 17 car in pieces as the race went on and it was later diagnosed with a gearbox failure on top of powertrain issues.

During long middle stints by Lotterer and Fassler, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro banged strong lap times to pull out an advantage on the chasing Toyota and Porsche cars and secured the season-opening win.

For Audi it will be sweet redemption at Silverstone after suffering a double DNF last year with both R18's crashing in hazardous conditions.

G-Drive Racing stroll to a LMP2 one-two

The G-Drive Racing duo stormed to the front of the LMP2 class to take a dominate 1-2 finish at Silverstone, with Sam Bird, Julien Canal and Roman Rusinov grabbing top spot in the Ligier JS P2 - Nissan.

The G-Drive sister car pushed the number 26 all the way throughout the six hours but eventually came home a lap behind. American team Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports claimed a creditable third in the LMP2 category at the hands of Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Heinemeier-Hansson after taking full advantage of rival teams' KCMG and Strakka Racing technical difficulties.

AF Corse grab GTE Pro double podium

AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia began the 2015 WEC season on a winning note, as its number 51 car driven by Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander took charge in a three-way battle for victory. Porsche Team Manthey were denied victory by just over 10 seconds, with the second AF Corse Ferrari a further 23 seconds behind P1.

Aston Martin Racing trio Paul Della Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda saved some of the British manufacturers blushes by claiming the GTE Am class win, ahead of AF Corse in second and SMP Racing in third.



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