Last weekend was one of the busiest in the motorsport calendar. We’ve already brought you updates on the action-packed Chinese Grand Prix and a frantic day of BTCC action at Donington Park, and here’s a quick catch-up on what happened in the other series that were in action.
FIA World Endurance Championship
Audi prevailed in a tough 6 Hours of Silverstone, only to be excluded from the win for a technical infringement which handed victory to Porsche.
The #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer/Marcel Fassler qualified on pole and held the upper hand in the early stages of the race, but Mark Webber was quick through his first stint in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Brendon Hartley held onto the lead when he took over the car, but clashed with the GTE Am-class Gulf Racing Porsche 911 of Mike Wainwright. The 919 nearly rolled (video here), but landed right-side-up. Both drivers emerged unscathed; Hartley was later reprimanded for the incident.
The #8 Audi also fell by the wayside when the hybrid system failed and the #5 Toyota’s day was effectively done when a puncture dropped it way down the order.
After all that, the #7 Audi was back in the lead, though the second-placed #2 Porsche was the quicker car. The gap closed, but contact with a GTE Ford, a puncture and a splash-and-dash final stop meant the Porsche crew had to settle for second. The #6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid was third on its debut.
Then came the news that the Audi would be excluded because the car’s under-floor ‘plank’ had worn beyond the allowed limits. That gave Porsche the win and moved the privateer #13 Rebellion onto the podium.
The #43 RGR Sport by Morand Ligier won LMP2 after a consistent run, while AF Corse Ferraris won both GTE Pro and GTE Am. View the full results here
World Touring Car Championship
Honda’s Tiago Monteiro came out on top in the first WTCC race at the Slovakiaring, after a race-long duel with Mehdi Bennani in the Sebastien Loeb Racing Citroen. Rob Huff made it two Hondas on the podium. Pole sitter Hugo Valente dropped out of contention in his Lada.
Reigning champion Jose Maria Lopez won the Main Race in his works Citroen. He held the lead early in the race, but was overhauled by the Lada of Nicky Catsburg. Then the race came back to Lopez who caught and passed Catsburg on the last lap. Monteiro was able to nip through as well, demoting the Lada to third.
Behind the leading trio, Thed Bjork took Volvo’s best result so far in its debut WTCC campaign, only to be excluded from the whole weekend after it was found the air restrictor on his S60 was too big.
World Rallycross Championship
Petter Solberg got his title defense off to the perfect start, winning the opening WorldRX round at Montalegre in Portugal. A win in Heat 3 and his semi-final secured the Norwegian legend’s place in the final, which he won easily in his newly-built Citroen DS3. Robin Larsson was a fantastic second in his privateer Audi A1, while Topi Heikkinen was third in an EKS Audi S1.
Andreas Bakkerud was fourth in the new Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Focus RS, while team-mate Ken Block dropped out early on with a throttle issue. Sebastien Loeb reached the final, but a transmission issue dropped him down to fifth at the finish. View the full results here and watch race highlights here
G-Drive Racing won the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone. After an action-packed race, the #38 Gibson-Nissan of Simon Dolan/Harry Tincknell/Giedo van der Garde came out on top. The #2 United Autosports Ligier-Nissan won on the team’s debut in the LMP3 category with Alex Brundle/Mike Guasch/Christian England, while the #99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Alex MacDowall/Andrew Howard/Darren Turner was handed the LMGTE win after the #66 JMW Motorsport Ferrari was excluded.
Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor won the IMSA Sports Car Championship race at Long Beach in the WTR Corvette DP, leading all but three laps after snatching the advantage at Turn 1. Patrick Pilet/Nick Tandy took the GTLM class victory in the #911 Porsche North America 911 RSR, after grabbing the lead late on.
The TF Sport Aston Martin pairing of Derek Johnston/Jonny Adam won a shortened British GT opener at Brands Hatch thanks to a wisely-timed pit stop. Rick Parfitt Jr. led much of the race in the Team Parker Racing Bentley until a full course yellow prompted by a huge three-car crash. The pit stop window opened during the caution period; TF Sport made a late stop which leapfrogged them into the lead. They were still leading when the red flag curtailed the race.
By Only Motors