Porsche has added a new victory in this World of Resistance, to be imposed (not without drama) in the first 6 hours of Mexico of the story. The Porsche 1 piloted by Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard achieved an epic victory over Audi 7 of the ‘big three’ (Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Tréluyer) and the Toyota 6 Stéphane Sarrazin, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway.
The rain falling intermittently, especially in the central sector of the race, forcing the teams to devanarse the brains to change strategies and to modify the number of stops. In Audi are played before the rest, and if the bet went well at first with the R18 7 Lotterer, Fassler and Tréluyer, several issues (including a slip of its own, when I was bending to a LMP2 that sent him against the wall) I ended up weighing much more than expected.
The threat of rain intensified towards the end, in the most critical moment of the test, when after 5 hours and 40 minutes of test, barely half a minute separated the Porsche leader of Hartley, Webber and Bernhard, with this behind the wheel, with the Audi 7 with Lotterer at the wheel and the fuel just right.
men’s dr. Ullrich decided to gamble: while address race reported that he was beginning to fall more rain on some parts of the Racetrack, was ordered to go to Audi to get fuel and change tires more fresh, but intermediate of rain.
The decision was to launch a coin in the air, because of the lack of 10 minute you risked to lose the second position to the expectation that the leader came into the pits. So much so that to point was the Toyota Sarrazin, Kobayashi and Conway to win the silver in this race. In Porsche decided to wait to see what just the threat of rain, which in the end was less than expected, and saved the victory, though not without suffering.
Yamagishi crashed his Corvette 50 after losing control on the curve 12, which made taking out the yellow flag in that area. The stress took a toll on Bernhard, who then lost control of the Porsche leader and on the verge of crashing against the wall before the straight. It was a fright, because he could go out, but in the Audi they were in a similar situation to the one experienced precisely by Porsche in the 24 hours of Le Mans.
Sounds like the anthem mexican thanks to the LMP2
If the victory in the big category, it was exciting, it was lagging behind the other three. In LMP2 the Ligier 43 of the RGR piloted by Filipe Albuquerque, Bruno Senna and the local idol Ricardo Rodriguez won by less than two seconds to the Alpine Lapierre, Richelmi and Menezes.
In GTE Pro, Aston Martin took the victory thanks to the 97 of turner and Stanaway, while in GTE Am, Porsche ‘wet’ thanks to the Proton Al Qubaisi, Long, and Henemeier Hansson.