A month after the 24 Hours of Le Mans and its dramatic end, the WEC returns to action with the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, fourth event of the season. The test at the German track not only represents the return to normalcy and to a payroll smaller prototypes and GT, but also the last event in the old continent of the year. Although in absolute terms it’s not about the ecuador real of the season, Nürburgring puts the point and end to the european season a World of Resistance that will visit Mexico, the united States, Japan, China and Bahrain in two months.
The WEC uses the setting as a ‘Great Prize’ of the layout of the Nürburgring, that competes in the variant of 5.148 meters. This track has a total of 15 curves being the braking of ‘Yokohama’, of the curve 7 and the chicane ‘NGK-Schikane’ the finer points of the plot. However, the big problem inherent to this track is that it is one of the circuits closer to the championship, which no doubt greatly complicates the lamination to the prototypes. Apart from this, the LMP1-installed kits are for high downforce.
The margin of this change to get more grip in the slow corners of the track, the three manufacturers involved in the category LMP1 arrive in three moments, very different. Toyota is facing the 6 Hours of Nürburgring with the necessity of breaking with the dramatic finale of the Le Mans. Porsche and Audi will look to win at home, being the first in charge of defending the leadership of the WEC. For its part, Audi has a forced exchange of pilots as Benoît Tréluyer lost the test due to injury. In this way, André Lotterer and Marcel Fässler will compete alone in the Audi R18 e-tron quattro #7.
The dance of pilots produced in LMP2 at Le Mans again only to
point to the original version. In this aspect, Roberto Merhi will compete
with the Manor #45 with Richard Bradley and Matthew Rao after his good showing at Le Mans, although the Manor is not
pound of the changes to pilots every time that Antonio Pizzonia and Matt Howson will be uploaded
the Manor #44 filling the gap left by Will Stevens and James Jakes. Alex Brundle has come to occupy the third seat of G-Drive Racing, while
Lewis Williamson makes his debut in the LMP2 for Strakka, after occupy
a timely manner the site of Danny Watts.
categories GTE-Pro and GTE-Am come charged with a certain amount of controversy. The
overwhelming dominance of Ford in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a more than
possible concealment of the actual level of the Ford GT has been created an upset
widespread that the ‘Balance of Performance’ does not serve to resolve. In
this aspect, in addition it should be noted that the 6 Hours of Nürburgring will be
the first race in which the two Aston Martin Vantage GTE of the
category GTE-Pro have two pilots by car after the decision
taken by AMR in this aspect.
Hours of the 6 Hours of Nürburgring the WEC 2016
|Day / Time*||Session||Duration|
|Friday 22/07 – 12:00 pm||Free Practice 1||90′|
|Friday 22/07 – 16:30h||Free Practice 2||90′|
|Saturday 23/07 – 09:15pm||Free Practice 3||60′|
|Saturday 23/07 – 14:15pm||Classification (GTE-Pro / GTE-Am)||20′|
|Saturday 23/07 – 14:45h||Qualifying (LMP1 / LMP2)||20′|
|Saturday 07/05 – 13:00h||Race WEC||360′ + 1 lap|