This World Endurance Championship kicked off the 2016 season this past weekend with the 6 Hours of Silverstone. Porsche won in LMP1, (more on that in a minute). Thanks to the majority of the LMP1 factory cars hitting troubles, Rebellion Racing scored a surprise 3rd and 4th place finishes. RGR Sport won in LMP2 in their Ligier JS P2 Nissan. After sweeping the 36 hours of Florida (Daytona hour 24 and Sebring 12 hour) American team Extreme Speed Motorsports continued their success, finishing 2nd in LMP2. GT-Pro honors went to AF Corse and their Ferraris, finishing 1st and 2nd. The new Ford GT’s, making their WEC debuts finished a respectable 3rd and 4th. Finally, KCMG Racing and their Porsche took the win in GT-AM. However, simply looking at the results this morning, doesn’t tell the whole story. Not by a long shot.
First piece of drama came courteously of some Porsche on Porsche crime. While leading Hartley made an aggressive move to get past the slower GT Porsche. Unfortunately for both cars Hartley didn’t get the move exactly correct. As you will see Hartley’s 919 Hybrid goes up on its side almost immediately, but it doesn’t roll and thank Goodness for that.
The second and possibly more important the initial race winning Audi #7 driven by Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler was excluded, which handed victory to the 2nd # 2 Porsche. Audi was found to be in violation of article 3.5.6 a3 of the LMP1 Technical Regulations. The Audi’s front skid block was found to have been under the 20mm minimum in post-race scrutineering. In addition, the Toyota TS050 of Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi was elevated to 2nd.