Published on April 16th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
FIA World Endurance Championship, Audi 1st and 2nd with Toyota in 3rd
A nail biting end to the 6-Hours of Silverstone saw the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Allan McNish sweep past the Audi of world champion Benoit Treluyer with just five minutes of the race remaining to win the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The win adds the names of Audi, McNish, Duval and Kristensen to the 108 year Tourist Trophy roll of honour. The 25 points for the win in LMP1 Privateer category went to the reigning champions Rebellion Racing with dominant win for Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Neel Jani in the Lola-Toyota. The LMP2 victory went to Silverstone based team Delta ADR as Antonio Pizzonia took the chequered flag with a one lap advantage over the Oak Racing Oreca Nissan.
The LMP1 Privateer battle became a two horse race when Nick Leventis in the Strakka Racing HPD-Honda spun across the track at T3 and hit the Ferrari of Jack Gerber who was turning in for the next corner. The resulting damage forced Leventis to retire. The LMP2 battle was being led by the Delta ADR run G Drive sponsored Oreca Nissan of John Martin, with the sister car of Tor Graves nearly a minute behind the Australian in 8th overall. Aston Martin Racing dominated the GTE classes: Stefan Mucke, Darren Turner and Bruno Senna claimed victory in the Pro category and Allan Simonsen, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen in the Am division.
1. P1 Kristensen/Duval/Mcnish Audi 197 laps 2. P1 Lotterer/Treluyer/Fassler Audi + 3.462s 3. P1 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota + 1 lap 4. P1 Wurz/Lapierre Toyota + 1 lap 5. P1 Prost/Jani/Heidfeld Rebellion Lola-Toyota + 4 laps 6. P1 Belicchi/Beche/Cheng Rebellion Lola-Toyota + 7 laps 7. P2 Graves/Pizzonia/Walker Delta-ADR ORECA-Nissan + 13 laps 8. P2 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Morgan-Nissan + 14 laps 9. P2 Dyson/Marsal/Kimber-Smith Greaves Zytek-Nissan + 18 laps 10. P2 Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer Pecom ORECA-Nissan + 18 laps