Stat attack! Season 8 so far… Part 1
So far, the FIA World Endurance Championship has completed five out of the eight scheduled rounds for Season 8 (Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, Bahrain and CoTA).
With a break in racing for the time being, FIAWEC.com takes a look back at the first five races of the year to reveal some of our favourite event-based stats.
Next up in our stat attack series will be a rundown of top-line facts and figures from the LMP classes. With thanks to Alex Harrison from @WECData for the information.
- Total distance – 84,523 miles have been covered in the 28 hours of racing in 2019/20. When comparing to the same rounds in previous seasons, it is the third most mileage, despite on paper two fewer hours of racing
- Total laps completed – 25,700 laps of racing have taken place in 2019/20, the most at Bahrain with 7,083
- Finishing percentage – To date, the season has seen a 95% finish rate, with 145 of the 153 entrants classified – the most retirements at an event was 4 in Bahrain. COTA saw all classified for just the fourth time ever (6%!)
- Laps led – Three of the class leaders at present have led for more than 300 laps this season. Aston Martin #95 with 484 laps, United #22 with 340 laps, Toyota #7 with 337 laps. Two other cars have led over 300, TF Sport #90 327 and Toyota #8 320. Both of those sit second in their respective standings.
- Team LNT has set the fastest event speed at four of the five outings this year, in the Ginetta G60-LT-P1, with the other by Rebellion. All by different drivers – Robertson, Orudzhev, Hanley, Smith, (and Menezes). Only Orudzhev’s was the fastest ever recorded at the circuit, his second top speed in the WEC alongside Spa.
- After three fewer rounds than 2018/19 so far, Aston Martin’s Vantage AMR has already set the top speed in GTE Pro twice as many times as last season. Two by Thiim, two by Lynn.
- Both Fuji and Bahrain saw all four winning cars lead the most laps in class – it is the first season since 2016 that multiple races have seen that feat occur.
- Three drivers have joined the exclusive double-figure class wins club in 2019/20 – Nicki Thiim, Bruno Senna and Mike Conway. All three have won in multiple classes, whilst Shanghai saw Senna become the first driver to win in all four.
- #8hBahrain and #6hCOTA marked only the second time ever, and first since 2016, where LMP2 and GTE Pro has seen consecutive wins in tandem. United Autosport’s #22 and Aston Martin Racing’s #95, repeating what G-Drive Racing #26 and Ford Performance #67 achieved in Japan and China four years ago.