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FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Silverstone 2018

17th - 19th August 2018

Event report Raymond Bonnello, photos Fréderic Lemaire

34 competitors took the start of this third round of the 2018 World Endurance Championship at Silverstone.

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LMP1

The trio of the Toyota TS050 HYBRID #8, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso, took, Sunday August 19th, their third consecutive FIA WEC victory at Silverstone, until the results of the post-race technical checks.

Both Toyota were disqualified for non-conformity.

Let's leave the green baize and come back to the track.

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Nobody came to disturb the supremacy of the Toyota.

The two hybrid LMP1s did not leave each other for 6 hours.

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After swapping the lead on multiple occasions, the #7 had 20 seconds in advance until Kamui Kobayashi was the victim of problems on the balance of his prototype.

Sebastien Buemi took the opportunity to overtake him easily and rejoin the arrival in head.

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Rebellion Racing placed third and fourth (before the disqualification of the Toyota) with the Rebellion R13-Gibson #3 of Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Mathias Beche taking the final podium place, but it was only sealed in the final hour when the sister car #1 was forced to pit for repairs the rear of the car.

SMP Racing took fifth place with the #17 BR Engineering BR1-AER entry of Stéphane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev.

The sister Russian-entered car #11, of home hero Jenson Button, Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov retired in the first hour with a technical problem.

As for the prototypes entered by the DragonSpeed N° 10 (Henrik Hedman, Ben Hanley and Renger Van Der Zande) victim of a mechanical problem early in the race and the ByKolles N° 4 (Oliver Webb and René BINDER), crashed under full course yellow, they did not see the checker flag.

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LMP2

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As in LMP1, the race in LMP2 is completed by a double, the one of Jackie Chan DC Racing.

The crew of the Oreca 07 Gibson #38, Ho-Pin Tung, Gabriel Aubry and Stéphane Richelmi, was ahead of the polemen, Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri on the #37 for less than 2 seconds under Checkered the flag.

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In spite of a recalcitrant Alpine A470, André Negrão, Pierre Thiriet and Nicolas Lapierre climbed on the 3rd step of the podium 2 laps of the head, despite receiving a lengthy timed penalty for a Safety Car infraction at the half-distance mark.

Fourth place fell to the Oreca 07 Gibson #31 with at the wheel Roberto Gonzalez, Pastor Maldonado, Anthony Davidson.

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Next are the Dallara P217 #29 of the Racing Team Nederland of Frits van Eerd, Giedo van der Garde, Nick De Vries, the Ligier JS P217 #50 of the Larbre Competition of Romano Ricci, Erwin Creed, Yoshiharu Mori 6th, the 7th place goes to the #28 of the trio Loïc Duval, François Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxivière on an Oreca 07 Gibson.

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LMGTE Pro

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The GTE Pro category saw its third different winner in as many events.

It was the turn of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado's to climb to the top of the podium at the wheel of their AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo #51.

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Taking the runners-up position on the track was the #91 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz (The team will also be disqualified after the post-race technical checks when the marshals have found a non-compliant ride height).

The #67 Ford GT of Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK of Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx took 2nd place followed by the other Porsche 911 RSR #92 of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen.

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The first Aston Martin Vantage GTE of Aston Martin Racing, #97, of Maxime Martin and Alexander Lynn just outside of the final podium, keeping one step ahead the first BMW M8 GTE Team MTEK, #81, driven by Martin Tomczyk, Nicky Catsburg.

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The Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK’s Ford GT #66 of Olivier Pla and Stefan Mücke as they finished sixth after being forced to replace a door during a pit stop.

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LMGTE Am

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LMGTE Am category saw a second consecutive victory for the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR with Christian Ried, Julien Andlauer and Matt Campbell at the wheel.

The trio celebrated another win after making the most of misfortune suffered by early leaders TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 #90 of Salih Yoluc, Jonathan Adam, Charlie Eastwood and Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR #56 of Egidio Perfetti, Patrick Lindsey, Jörg Bergmeister which were both penalized, stop & go 75s, for wrongly entering the pit lane before it officially opened during the Safety Car procedure.

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Follow, the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 #98 of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda fourth, the Clearwater Racing’s Ferrari 488 GTE #61 driven by Weng Sun Mok, Keita Sawa and Matthew Griffin fifth, Michael Wainwright, Benjamin Barker and Alexander Davison at the wheel of the Gulf Racing’s #86 Porsche 911 RSR finished sixth.

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Next stop, Japan, the 6 Hours of Fuji, the first round in Asia, October 13-14, 2018

(Based on WEC Press release)

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