The Field at the 6 Hours of Silverstone
This first World Endurance Championship (WEC) race of the season looks like it will setup an incredible 24 Hours of Le Mans. The LMP1 class has been much more crowded compared to a few years ago when it just had Audi and Toyota. This year it will have Audi, Toyota, Porsche and Nissan (although they aren’t competing in all WEC races this season).
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For Porsche the week started very good when the number 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid managed to get the pole position. Followed by the number 18 919. Of the pole position driver Mark Webber shared the below status on Facebook.
Mark Webber: Just when you thought your day couldn’t get any better after putting the car on pole…
Putting the car on the pole and hanging with Patrick Dempsey, not a bad day. Unfortunately, the following day didn’t go as well for the number 17 car. After leading for the early part of the race a gearbox issue forced the Porsche out of competition and it would not return.
The battle then looked like it would be between the number 1 Toyota and the number 18 Porsche. However, the Toyota fell back in the pack after the having trouble with the hybrid drivetrain.
Trouble with the hybrid systems was a theme for the race as the number 7 Audi had an issue with the hybrid system to start off the race and forced a quick early pit stop. But 6 hours is a long race and the Audi R18 e-tron quattro was able to work itself back into competition.
The race became mainly against Audi and Porsche. With the two battling it out to the very end. It looked like the number 18 919 Hybrid would be able to move up to first place when a stop and go penalty was accessed on the number 7 R18 e-tron quattro. However, the Audi was able to take the penalty very quickly and retained the lead.
The two battled it out through the rest of the race, but the number 7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro managed to hold on for the victory. Just four seconds separated the two cars at the end and fourteen seconds separated first place and the third place Toyota.
The WEC season started in very good fashion and now we look forward to seeing what will happen the rest of the season.
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