The World Championship of Endurance 2016 has started with victory for Audi over Porsche and Toyota. The ‘Big three’ of the brand of the earrings (Fässler, Lotterer and Tréluyer) achieved from pole position to impose themselves on a team Porsche that ‘gave’ the race very soon. The car is 2 Jani, Dumas and Lieb took the silver on the Toyota 6 Kobayashi, Conway and Sarrazin, in the back of the prototypes of japan on the podium.
had Not passed two of the 6 hours of Silverstone when the Brendon Hartley with the Porsche 1 was leading comfortably, when you committed a rookie mistake: I was ahead of the Porsche 911 Wainwrith, of the category Mstf, when I hit her and ended up jumping through the air.
This accident was the first serious blow of the season, but was neither the first nor the only incident: minutes later, the Audi 8 Di Grassi, Duval and Jarvis was pulled by an electrical problem and was forced to leave, and after a few hours a blowout of the Toyota 5 Nakajima, Davidson and Buemi he left many pieces of carbon fiber and the rubber shattered, with what you had to go out the safety car.
The fight for victory was in the hands of the Audi 7 and the Porsche 2, but soon the Stuttgart gave in when they had to tighten. Came to be within seven seconds of the leaders, but first an ill-timed spinning top, and after an unscheduled pit stop due to a problem with the pressures, were deprived of fight for the victory.
Merhi, sixth in LMP2, and with flashes of quality
In LMP2, the victory went to the Ligier team RGR Sport by Morand 43 Albuquerque, Gonzalez and Bruno Senna, with some comfort, ahead of the Ligier of the Extreme Speed Motorsport 31 Cumming (protagonist of the first spin of the race, without consequences), Derani and Dalziel.
This race has been the debut of Roberto Merhi in the world championship of resistance, in that second category of the WEC. The Spanish left very good sensations in their relay with Rao and Bradley, and in fact was in charge of putting the Manor in goal. At the end of the test he managed to overtake the Alpine Panciatici and made it clear that it is one of the riders with the most talent in LMP2. In the end, the sixth of this category and the eleventh general.
In the GT, the Pro’s took to the Ferrari of the AF Corse official Davide Rigon and Sam Bird winners, with the 488 GTE debuts with success in the category, while the Amateur was another car from Maranello, in this case the 458 Collard, Perrodo and Waters.