21.06.2017 - 14h34

How the Championships look after 24 Hours of Le Mans

With double points on offer for the third round of the FIA WEC, the results at Le Mans often – but not always – have a major impact on the final championship standings.

With double points on offer for the third round of the FIA WEC, the results at Le Mans often – but not always – have a major impact on the final championship standings.  Here are how things look after the 24 Hours of Le Mans:

FIA World Endurance Championship – Drivers and Manufacturers

The 50 points scored by Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in the No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid has given them a 17-point lead at the head of the World Endurance Drivers’ Championship with a total of 83. 

In second place are Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima on 66 points, the No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID crew having scored an important 16 points to add to their two race wins this season.

In a change from the usual, where LMP1 drivers fill the first five or six places, third place is this year taken by the No.38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 line up of Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent.  The 36 points scored at Le Mans, combined with results from the last two rounds, gives them 50 points, some 19 points ahead of their team mates from the No.37 crew in 4th place.

Toyota’s Le Mans disappointments also mean that it has lost the lead in the World Endurance Manufacturers Championship – Porsche now on 111 points as opposed to Toyota’s 82.5.

LMP2 World Endurance Teams Trophy

Jackie Chan DC Racing ex JOTA Sport had an excellent run at Le Mans, and the points gained in the LMP2 classifications have given the No.38 entry (Tung-Jarvis-Laurent) a 38-point lead over the No.31 Vaillante Rebellion (Prost-Senna-Canal) in second place.

Signatech Alpine Matmut’s two Alpine A470s sandwich the second Jackie Chan DC Racing entry – No.36 (Menezes-Rao alone as they have not had the same team mate for all three rounds due to Lapierre’s Toyota commitments) ahead of the No.35 (Panciatici-Ragues-Negrao).

The big losers at Le Mans were the No.26 G-Drive Racing entry (Rusinov-Thiriet-Lynn) which crashed out after 20 laps, and the No.13 Vaillante Rebellion (Piquet Jr-Heinemeier Hansson-Beche) which was disqualified in post-race technical scrutineering but which is appealing the decision.

GT FIA World Endurance Drivers Championship

The GT Manufacturers and Drivers’ championships have a slightly different look thanks to the multiple entries from the manufacturers, not forgetting that LMGTE Am results also count towards the manufacturers’ title.

Ford leads both classifications, with the American manufacturer holding a 9-point lead over Ferrari thanks partly to the last-lap move of the No.67 Ford GT into second place at Le Mans.  Despite Aston Martin Racing’s epic win last weekend, the British marque finds itself in third place on 95 points, but the GTE manufacturers are all relatively close together, even Porsche on 72 points.

In the GT Drivers World title chase, Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani from the No.67 Ford GT are leading the way with 74 points, 11 ahead of Aston Martin Racing’s Darren Turner, Jonny Adam and Daniel Serra (No.97 Vantage) in second place.  In third place in the standings, thanks to their win at Spa and 4th place WEC points at Le Mans, is Sam Bird and Davide Rigon from the No.71 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE with 60 points, just 5 ahead of Porsche GT Team’s Frédéric Makowiecki and Richard Lietz who finished third in the points at Le Mans in the No.91 Porsche 911 RSR.

GTE Am FIA World Endurance Teams and Drivers Trophies

It’s Ferrari, Aston Martin and Porsche in the top three spots of the Team’s championship – with Clearwater Racing having taken the full 50 points for its No.61 Ferrari 488 GTE’s placing at Le Mans, the first WEC entrant home. 

The Singapore team’s Keita Sawa-Weng Sun Mok-Matt Griffin lead the drivers’ standings with 76 points, 6 ahead of the No.98 Aston Martin Racing line up of Paul Dalla Lana-Pedro Lamy-Mathias Lauda in second place.  In third are Christian Ried-Matteo Cairoli-Marvin Dienst from Dempsey-Proton Racing who took 30 points at Le Mans.  The difference between teams and drivers is due to the regulations which state that drivers from an additional entry can score points although the manufacturer cannot, thus maximum points from Le Mans went to the No.55 Spirit of Race crew of Cameron-Scott-Cioci.

The next round of the FIA WEC will be the 6 Hours of Nürburgring on 16 July.

All provisional classifications can be found HERE

 

Fiona MILLER