- Sep 26, 2010
Audi won one of the tightest finishes in recent Endurance racing at Silverstone yesterday as the #7 team of Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler and Andre beat the Porsche trio of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani to the checkered flag by just 4.6 seconds.
Despite having a sizeable lead going into the final 15 minutes of the race Fassler, at the wheel of the Audi, was forced to make not one, but two pit stops in the dying stages of the race: firstly to fill up on fuel, and secondly to complete a stop and go penalty for overtaking a GTE Aston Martin by going beyond the track limits.
This reduced Audi's advantage from over a minute to just nine seconds. But whilst Jani in the Porsche was able to close up to Fassler, he was unable to pass.
A look at the race as a whole showed that whilst Porsche certainly quicker down the straights, the Audi was a better overall package on the day, with Lotterer being able to put Audi into the lead around the four hour mark after Dumas made a mistake in the Porsche and was not able to re-pass down the Wellington Straight.
Toyota for the most part played a fairly humble role across the six hours with the car of Anthony Davidson, Sebastian Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima losing out to the #18 Porsche due to Porsche's decision to not opt for a late-race fuel stop. Meanwhile the #17 Porsche of Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, who had started the race from pole position, did lead at the two hour mark before a gearbox issue ruined their chances.
In LMP2 meanwhile G-Drive Racing dominated proceedings producing a 1-2 finish with their two cars, four laps clear of their nearest rivals with the Sam Bird, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal entry taking the main spoils.
In the GTE Pro class Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander started their title defence in great style after taking the class victory despite dropping towards the back of the field at the start. But two early stops in the safety car periods allowed them to fight their way back through the field to finish ahead of the Porsche of Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen.
Finally, down in the GTE Am class Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana took the honours in their Aston Martin Vantage, just pipping the AF Ferrari of Emmanuel Collard, Rui Aguas and Francois Perrodo across the line by 13 seconds.
Official Race Results
1. LMP1 - #7 Audi Sport Team Joest (Lotterer, Fassler, Treluyer) - 201 Laps
2. LMP1 - #18 Porsche Team (Lieb, Dumas, Jani) - 201 Laps
3. LMP1 - #1 Toyota Racing (Davidson, Buemi, Nakajima) - 201 Laps
4. LMP1 - #2 Toyota Racing (Wurz, Sarrazin, Conway) - 200 Laps
5. LMP1 - #8 Audi Sport Team Joest (Duval, di Grassi, Jarvis) - 197 Laps
6. LMP2 - #26 G-Drive Racing (Rusinov, Canal, Bird) - 185 Laps
7. LMP2 - #28 G-Drive Racing (Yacaman, Gonzalez, Derani) - 184 Laps
8. LMP2 - #42 Strakka Racing (Leventis, Kane, Watts) - 178 Laps
9. GTE Pro - #51 AF Corse (Bruni, Vilander) - 172 Laps
10. GTE Pro - #91 Porsche Team Manthey (Lietz, Christensen) - 172 Laps
11. GTE Pro - #71 AF Corse (Rigon, Calado) - 172 Laps
12. GTE Pro - #95 Aston Martin Racing (Nygaard, Thiim, Sorensen) - 171 Laps
13. GTE Pro - #97 Aston Martin Racing (Turner, Mucke, Bell) - 171 Laps
14. GTE Pro - #99 Aston Martin Racing V8 (Rees, MacDowall, Stanaway) - 171 Laps
15. GTE Pro - #92 Porsche Team Manthey (Pilet, Makowiecki) - 170 Laps
16. GTE Am - #98 Aston Martin Racing (Dalla Lana, Lamy, Lauda) - 168 Laps
17. GTE Am - #83 AF Corse (Perrodo, Collard, Aguas) - 168 Laps
18. GTE Am - #72 SMP Racing (Shaitar, Basov, Bertolini) - 168 Laps
19. LMP2 - #47 KCMG (Howson, Bradley, Tandy) - 167 Laps
20. GTE Am - #96 Aston Martin Racing (Goethe, Hall, Castellacci) - 166 Laps
21. GTE Am - #88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing (Ried, Bachler, Al Qubaisi) - 166 Laps
22. LMP2 - #35 OAK Racing (Nicolet, Merlin, Maris) - 165 Laps
23. GTE Am - #77 Dempsey Racing-Proton (Dempsey, Long, Seefried) - 165 Laps
24. LMP2 - #31 Extreme Speed Motorsport (Brown, Brabham, Fogarty) - 165 Laps
25. GTE Am - #50 Larbre Competition (Roda, Ruberti, Poulsen) - 160 Laps
DNF. LMP1 - #4 Team ByKolles (Trummer, Liuzzi, Klien) - 116 Laps
DNF. LMP1 - #17 Porsche Team (Bernhard, Hartley, Webber) - 44 Laps
DNF. LMP2 - #36 Signatech Alpine (Panciatici, Chatin, Capillaire) - 20 Laps
DSQ. LMP2 - Extreme Speed Motorsport (Sharp, Dalziel, Hansson) - 183 Laps