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Featured 6 Hours of Nurburgring: Audi leads the way as WEC returns

Discussion in 'World Endurance Championship' started by Jack Hunsley, Aug 28, 2015.

  1. Jack Hunsley

    Jack Hunsley
    Staff Premium Member

    Nurburgring FP.png
    Following a horrifically long summer break for the WEC gang it was Audi who came back with the biggest bang as their two cars topped both free practice sessions on the opening day's running at the Nurburgring.


    In the morning session it was #7 car of Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre Lotterer which topped the opening wet practice session for the inaugural 6 Hours of Nurburgring, but only just ahead of the #18 Porsche of Romain DUmas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani which missed out on top spot by just 0.079, whilst the #8 Audi of Oliver Jarvis, Lucas Di Grassi and Loic Duval came home 3rd.

    In the second session the standings were even closer as the #7 Audi and the Two Porsches were separated by just 0.079 seconds as they topped the session; setting the scene for a very close battle come qualifying tomorrow.

    However, whilst Audi and Porsche were busy squabbling over a few tenths of a second at the front, Toyota once again struggled as their #2 machine was 2.5 seconds off the pace in 5th place, and 2.7 seconds slower in FP2 as their difficult season continues.

    In the other categories G-Drive dominated the LMP2 proceedings on the Friday as they finished both sessions 1-2, with the #26 car of Julien Canal, Roman Rusinov and Sam Bird a full 1.7 seconds clear of the sister #28 car of Gustavo Yacamán, Luis Felipe Derani, and Ricardo González with Strakka Racing next in line as they debuted their new Gibson chassis for the first time in an official session as they prepare to make the step up to LMP1 in 2017.

    In GT classes Aston Martin Racing lead the way with three cars in the top four in GTE-Pro. However it was the #99 car of Fernando Rees, Richie Stanaway and Alex MacDowall that will be the Aston Martin to beat this weekend.

    Finally, in GTE-Am SMP Racing posted the quickest time following a difficult morning session to pip the #98 Aston Martin of Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda to the top spot, whilst the #50 Larbre Competition Corvette of Gianluca Roda, Paolo Ruberti and Kristian Poulsen rounded off the top three.

    The action resumes tomorrow as the teams will get one more taste of the circuit before qualifying kicks of for the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring at 14:00 local time.

    6 Hours of Nurburgring, Free Practice 1 Results
    1. LMP1 - #7 Audi sport Team Joest (Lotterer, Fässler, Tréluyer) - 1:39.201
    2. LMP1 - #18 Porsche Team (Dumas, Jani, Lieb) - +0.076
    3. LMP1 - #8 Audi Sport Team Joest (Di Grassi, Duval, Jarvis) - +0.709
    4. LMP1 - #17 Porsche Team (Bernhard, Webber, Hartley) - +0.714
    5. LMP1 - #2 Toyota Racing (Wurz, Sarrazin, Conway) - +2.611
    6. LMP1 - #1 Toyota Racing (Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima) - +3.340
    7. LMP2 - #28 G-Drive Racing (Yacamán, Derani, González) - +7.430
    8. LMP1 - #12 Rebellion Racing (Prost, Beche, Heidfeld) - +8.232
    9. LMP2 - #26 G-Drive Racing (Rusinov, Canal, Bird) - +8.422
    10. LMP1 - #13 Rebellion Racing (Imperatori, Kraihamer, Abt) - +9.970
    11. LMP2 - #42 Strakka Racing (Leventis, Kane, Watts) - +10.041
    12. LMP1 - #4 Team ByKolles (Trummer, Kaffer) - +10.073
    13. LMP2 - #36 Signatech Alpine (Panciatici, Chatin, Capillaire) - +10.289
    14. LMP2 - #30 Extreme Speed Motorsport (Sharp, Dalziel, Hansson) - +10.895
    15. LMP2 - #47 KCMG (Howson, Bradley, Tandy) - +13.897
    16. LMP2 - #31 Extreme Speed Motorsport (Brown, Overbeek, Fogarty) - +14.875
    17. GTE Pro - #51 AF Corse (Bruni, Vilander) - +16.460
    18. GTE Pro - #71 AF Corse (Rigon, Calado) - +16.834
    19. GTE Pro - #92 Porsche Team Manthey (Pilet, Makowiecki) - +17.755
    20. GTE Pro - #91 Porsche Team Manthey (Lietz, Christensen) - +18.012
    21. GTE Pro - #99 Aston Martin Racing V8 (Rees, MacDowall, Stanaway) - +18.094
    22. GTE Am - #83 AF Corse (Perrodo, Collard, Águas) - +18.675
    23. GTE Am - #98 Aston Martin Racing (Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda) - +18.818
    24. GTE Pro - #97 Aston Martin Racing (Turner, Mücke, Adam) - +19.119
    25. GTE Am - #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing (Ried, Bamber, Al Qubaisi) - +19.833
    26. GTE Am - #77 Dempsey Racing-Proton (Dempsey, Long, Seefried) - +19.873
    27. GTE Pro - #95 Aston Martin Racing (Nygaard, Sørensen) - +19.949
    28. GTE Am - #50 Larbre Competition (Roda, Ruberti, Poulsen) - +20.019
    29. GTE Am - #96 Aston Martin Racing (Goethe, Hall, Castellacci) - +20.611
    30. GTE Am - #72 SMP Racing (Shaytar, Basov, Bertolini) - +28.090
    31. LMP2 - #43 Team SARD Morand (Webb, Ragues, Hamilton) - No Time Set

    6 Hours of the Nurburgring, Free Practice 2 Results
    1. LMP1 - #7 Audi sport Team Joest (Lotterer, Fässler, Tréluyer) - 1:37.862
    2. LMP1 - #17 Porsche Team (Bernhard, Webber, Hartley) - +0.059
    3. LMP1 - #18 Porsche Team (Dumas, Jani, Lieb) - +0.079
    4. LMP1 - #8 Audi Sport Team Joest (Di Grassi, Duval, Jarvis) - +1.024
    5. LMP1 - #2 Toyota Racing (Wurz, Sarrazin, Conway) - +2.750
    6. LMP1 - #1 Toyota Racing (Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima) - +2.983
    7. LMP1 - #12 Rebellion Racing (Prost, Beche, Heidfeld) - +6.243
    8. LMP1 - #13 Rebellion Racing (Imperatori, Kraihamer, Abt) - +7.081
    9. LMP1 - #4 Team ByKolles (Trummer, Kaffer) - +7.173
    10. LMP2 - #26 G-Drive Racing (Rusinov, Canal, Bird) - +8.437
    11. LMP2 - #28 G-Drive Racing (Yacamán, Derani, González) - +10.072
    12. LMP2 - #42 Strakka Racing (Leventis, Kane, Watts) - +10.116
    13. LMP2 - #43 Team SARD Morand (Webb, Ragues, Hamilton) - +10.125
    14. LMP2 - #47 KCMG (Howson, Bradley, Tandy) - +10.126
    15. LMP2 - #31 Extreme Speed Motorsport (Brown, Overbeek, Fogarty) - +10.448
    16. LMP2 - #36 Signatech Alpine (Panciatici, Chatin, Capillaire) - +10.607
    17. LMP2 - #30 Extreme Speed Motorsport (Sharp, Dalziel, Hansson) - +10.977
    18. GTE Pro - #99 Aston Martin Racing V8 (Rees, MacDowall, Stanaway) -
    19. GTE Pro - #51 AF Corse (Bruni, Vilander) - +17.007
    20. GTE Pro - #97 Aston Martin Racing (Turner, Mücke, Adam) - +17.045
    21. GTE Pro - #95 Aston Martin Racing (Nygaard, Sørensen) - +17.272
    22. GTE Pro - #91 Porsche Team Manthey (Lietz, Christensen) - +17.684
    23. GTE Pro - #92 Porsche Team Manthey (Pilet, Makowiecki) - +18.149
    24. GTE Am - #72 SMP Racing (Shaytar, Basov, Bertolini) - +18.276
    25. GTE Pro - #71 AF Corse (Rigon, Calado) - +18.492
    26. GTE Am - #98 Aston Martin Racing (Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda) - +18.867
    27. GTE Am - #50 Larbre Competition (Roda, Ruberti, Poulsen) - +19.179
    28. GTE Am - #83 AF Corse (Perrodo, Collard, Águas) - +19.314
    29. GTE Am - #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing (Ried, Bamber, Al Qubaisi) - +19.378
    30. GTE Am - #77 Dempsey Racing-Proton (Dempsey, Long, Seefried) - +19.435
    31. GTE Am - #96 Aston Martin Racing (Goethe, Hall, Castellacci) - +19.585
     
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  2. Dan Allen

    Dan Allen
    I am the Pastor Maldonado of RaceDepartment.

    Fair play Audi on topping the table today! Hopefully they'll be able convert it to a win on Sunday, not gonna be easy with Porsche breathing down their necks though...
     
  3. R.J. O'Connell

    R.J. O'Connell
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    This weekend is going to be endurance racing overload.
     
  4. Jimlaad43

    Jimlaad43
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    Jeez Toyota really are bad this year...
     
  5. R.J. O'Connell

    R.J. O'Connell
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    They went nowhere while Audi and Porsche made enormous leaps. 2016 will be their year to bounce back, at least that's the plan.
     
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  6. such torture. i have to go to a wedding on sunday. hope i come home to a porsche win though.
     
  7. 4 8 15 16 23 42 108

    4 8 15 16 23 42 108
    Only the 5th-most famous race driver from Kerpen Premium Member

    Is there more endurance racing? Sorry, no native speaker, guess I don't get it maybe?

    Puch, third puncture now? Two Ferraris, now Aston?
    Besides, anyone on site at the Nürburgring this weekend to meet me? @Bram maybe?
    Thanks for your round-up, R.J.!

    Lapping will be key...what a traffic

    After FP3 Audi is behind a full second. But no fear now, 16 degrees is not what I expect for the race. Guess Porsche ran Q pace.
     
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  8. ohh a new series for me!
    Been watch the blancpain and tudor in the usa but a drought in them the past month has been well hard. Now another series to add to the watch list!
     
  9. Kevin Ascher

    Kevin Ascher
    #47 Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    Who is going to be there to watch it in person?
     
  10. Dan Allen

    Dan Allen
    I am the Pastor Maldonado of RaceDepartment.

    Whose plan? Yours or theirs :p
     
  11. theirs
     
  12. Benutzername

    Benutzername
    Online Martini Racing - Founder and driver

    I've sent my buddy cause i dont have time this weekend.
     
  13. Yuri

    Yuri
    Yuri 'I get custom nicknames' Kasdorp

    @Ricardo Edelmann and me are going :D
     
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  14. Ricardo Edelmann

    Ricardo Edelmann
    Lights out, Spot on! Premium Member

    [​IMG]
    come and meet us :p
     
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  15. 4 8 15 16 23 42 108

    4 8 15 16 23 42 108
    Only the 5th-most famous race driver from Kerpen Premium Member

    Which grandstand? I come!
     
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  16. 4 8 15 16 23 42 108

    4 8 15 16 23 42 108
    Only the 5th-most famous race driver from Kerpen Premium Member

    No response so far
    Lower T4, I sit above you!
     
  17. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium Member

    Webber wins! result! :):D
     
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  18. Ricardo Edelmann

    Ricardo Edelmann
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    i'm really sorry... My phone died about 30 min after my post...
     
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  19. Kevin Ascher

    Kevin Ascher
    #47 Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    @Ricardo Edelmann
    Damnit I forgot to check this thread again! I must have been really really close judging from the angle the picture was taken at.

    Same place for DTM? :D
     
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  20. Ricardo Edelmann

    Ricardo Edelmann
    Lights out, Spot on! Premium Member

    I dunno if i have the time for that... i would love to go for the DTM...