Stat attack! Season 8 so far… Part 2
With FIA WEC races at Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai, Bahrain and CoTA already completed, it’s time to review some of the top-line statistics in the championship’s LMP categories.
So far this season, the LMP1 category has seen Toyota Gazoo Racing take three wins, with Rebellion Racing triumphing in Shanghai and again in Austin. After five races, United Autosports currently leads Jackie Chan DC Racing by a slender four points in LMP2.
The third and final part of our stat attack series next week will be a rundown of the top-line facts and figures from the GTE classes. With thanks to Alex Harrison from @WECData for the below information.
- Shanghai staged the first non-Hybrid win on-the-road since Spa in 2012, with Rebellion Racing scoring its second outright WEC victory, and first since Silverstone 2018.
- 2019/20 is the second season, and first since 2013, that no car has scored consecutive wins through the opening five rounds - #7, #8, #1, #7, #1
- The four LMP1 wins from pole position this season is the joint second highest ever in a season, 80%. Toyota’s #7 in Bahrain was the anomaly after the corner-2 melee
- Toyota #7’s win from pole at Silverstone was the first there since the maiden visit in 2012
- United Autosport’s second win of the season at COTA was the 45th by an Oreca chassis in LMP2
- United’s win from pole in Bahrain was the first time an LMP2 has won there from pole
- JOTA scored the first WEC win for Goodyear tyres, at Shanghai. The third brand in the series to win after Michelin and Dunlop.
- Frits van Eerd became the first bronze-rated LMP2 winner, at Fuji, with Racing Team Nederland scoring their first win in only their new-for-2019 Oreca 07’s second outing
- United Autosport’s trio of di Resta, Hanson and Albuquerque became the first LMP2 crew to score consecutive wins (at Bahrain and COTA), since Rebellion Racing’s Senna, Canal and Prost took three in a row to end 2017
- The top LMP2 speed outside of the Mulsanne Straight was set in Shanghai by Davidson, the JOTA driver reaching 310.3 kmh. The second circuit and team the Briton has topped out LMP2 with, after DragonSpeed at Fuji 2018
- Toyota’s double-podiums at Fuji and Shanghai saw them jump to 11 podium places at each. The first LMP1 team to reach double-figure podiums at a circuit
- With Cool Racing, Racing Team Nederland and United Autosport combining for four wins on Michelin tyres, 2019/20 will be the first season that Michelin-shod teams have won the majority of races in LMP2.
Read Part 1 of our stat attack series HERE.