07.05.2016 - 22h14

Audi win incident filled WEC 6 Hours of Spa Francorchamps

A spectacular and incident-filled WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps played out today in front of 56,000 spectators at the beautifully sunny Spa track in Belgium.  

The headlines for the final 90 minutes of the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the chequered flag…

  • Oliver Jarvis takes chequered flag at Spa to clinch win for No.8 Audi R18 he shares with Lucas Di Grassi and Loic Duval
  • Jarvis and Di Grassi celebrate first ever FIA WEC win
  • Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb secure second placed finish despite technical problems for much of the race. The No.2 Porsche trio extend championship points lead
  • Best ever combined FIA WEC finish for Rebellion Racing as they claim third and fourth overall. No.13 leads home No.12 R-One-AER car as they also take LMP1 Privateer maximum points

  • Sensational LMP2 races sees Signatech Alpine of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi win LMP2 class, taking the lead in last five minutes
  • Pipo Derani takes second in No.31 ESM Ligier-Nissan after epic late scrap with Lapierre
  • Manor's ORECA 05 Nissan driven by Matt Rao, Richard Bradley and Roberto Mehri claimed the final LMP2 podium place 
  • No.71 Ferrari 488GTE of Sam Bird and Davide Rigon takes second consecutive win after late-race heartbreak for James Calado and Gianmaria Bruni who retire from lead in final ten minutes in the sister No.51 AF Corse Ferrari
  • No.67 Ford GT takes first FIA WEC podium as Tincknell, Priaulx and Franchitti place second in LMGTE Pro
  • No.98 Aston Martin of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda claim win in LMGTE Am
  • No.83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia of Francois Perrodo, Rui Aguas and Emmanuel Collard take second place
  • Stefan Mucke, driver of the No.66 Ford GT had a big accident coming out of Eau Rouge.  He was assessed at the circuit's medical centre, and the FIA Medical Delegate reported that he has been taken to the local hospital for precautionary checks. The Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK team said the German received heavy bruising but is okay.  
  • The No.5 Toyota TS050 HYBRID made history today by being the first WEC entrant to complete a full racing lap using only electric power. 

See you all at round three of the FIA WEC, the Le Mans 24 Hours on 18/19 June!

Final results can be found HERE and points classifications can be found HERE

Race facts from the final 90 minutes:

20:39:51 Toyota #5 finishes 4th in P1 and Porsche #1 5th in P1

20:38:24 Toyota #5 is doing a final lap on hybrid power to be classified 29th overall

20:37:22 Porsche #1 will be a classified finisher in 30th place

20:36:17 Aston #98 wins GTE Am from #83 Ferrari and #50 Corvette

20:35:30 Ferrari #71 wins GTE Pro from #67 Ford with #97 Aston in 3rd

20:34:01 Alpine #36 wins P2 from #31 ESM Ligier with #45 Manor Oreca in 3rd 

20:32:53 Audi #8 wins from #2 Porsche with #13 Rebellion 3rd

20:31:31 Last Lap

20:29:55 Toyota #5 on pit apron

20:29:28 30 seconds stop & go for Porsche #86 for violating SC procedure

20:28:19 Corvette #50 takes 3rd in GTE Am

20:27:33 Ford #67 up to 2nd in GTE Pro

20:25:28 Ferrari #83 retakes 2nd in GTE Am as Long in #88 Porsche stops

20:24:48 Alpine #35 has stopped Paul Frere Corner

20:24:07 P2 leader #36 pits

20:23:36 Ferrari #71 takes lead from #51 Ferrari which goes into garage

20:22:31 Alpine #35 has rear puncture

20:21:46 Front bodywork damage for Audi #7 after incident at La Source

20:19:52 Audi #7 was hit by #43

20:08:37 Manor #45 has drive through penalty for leaving pit exit with red light still on

20:06:45 SMP BR #37 has drive through penalty for overtaking behind safety car

20:03:00 Porsche #88 takes 2nd in GTE Am from #83 Ferrari

20:00:19 Aston #98 retakes lead in GTE Am from #83 Ferrari

19:54:46 Stefan Mucke reported OK but with some bruising after crash in Ford #66

19:49:49 Tail section was changed on leading Audi #8

19:49:21 Green Flag

19:48:50 Safety car in this lap

19:46:11 Audi #8 rejoins

19:44:41 Leading Audi #8 pushed into garage

19:41:57 Pit entry now open

19:35:02 SMP #27 got puncture after running over debris from #66 crash

19:33:45 After 5 Hours in GTE Am #98 Aston leads from #83 Ferrari with #88 Porsche in 3rd

19:32:24 After 5 Hours in GTE Pro #51 Ferrari leads #71 Ferrari with #67 Ford GT

19:31:09 After 5 Hours in P2 #36 Signatech Alpine leads #43 RGR Ligier & #45 Manor oreca

19:29:58 After 5 Hours Audi #8 leads from #2 Porsche & #13 Rebellion

19:25:49 Ford #66 into tyres head on at Raidillon

19:23:56 Safety Car

19:23:27 Ford #66 has big accident

19:19:17 Ford #66 rejoins after 40 minute pit stop for turbo problem

19:13:59 Strakka Gibson #42 has retired

19:12:07 Audi #8 has telemetry problems

19:08:53 Bernhard takes over Porsche #1

Fiona MILLER