WEC 2015 At Spa-Francorchamps, Waiting Game |


Published on April 19th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


WEC 2015 At Spa-Francorchamps, Waiting Game


After the high drama at the 6 Hours of Silverstone last weekend, which saw Audi take the first victory of the 2015 season by a margin of just six seconds, the focus now turns to the next round of the World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps which takes place on Saturday 2 May.


The race in Belgium is considered as the traditional dress rehearsal for the 24 Heures du Mans and has always attracted extra entries from teams making their final preparations for one of the greatest sporting challenges on earth.  2015 is no different, with both Porsche and Audi running a third car in the LMP1 class, ELMS front runners JOTA Sport racing at Spa to prepare for the defence of their 2014 LMP2 Le Mans title, and AF Corse running an extra Ferrari 458 in the LMGTE Am class.  In total there will be 34 cars on the grid for the fourth edition of the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, with nine in LMP1, ten in LMP2, seven in LMGTE Pro and eight in the LMGTE Am class.

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche Team Manthey: Joerg Bergmeister, Richard Lietz, Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber (l-r)

In LMGTE Pro the No.51 AF Corse Ferrari of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander heads to Belgium after scoring 25 points for a hard-fought victory in the UK last weekend.  Spa is a happy hunting ground for Ferrari after the Italian/Finnish duo won in 2014 and Bruni and Giancarlo Fisichella were first to take the chequered flag in 2013.  Davide Rigon and James Calado will once again crew the No.71 Ferrari for the Italian team.

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Eight cars will comprise the LMGTE Am grid with the addition of the No.55 AF Corse Ferrari of 2014 ELMS Vice Champions Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, who will be joined by Alex Mortimer.  The crews for the seven full season entries are all unchanged from Silverstone with Round 1 winners Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda hoping to make it 2 from 2 on the 2nd May.

18 DUMAS Romain (FRA) JANI Neel (CHE) LIEB Marc (GER) PORSCHE 919 hybrid team Porsche, 08 DUVAL Loic (FRA) DI GRASSI Lucas (BRA) JARVIS Oliver (GBR) AUDI R18 ETron Quattro team Audi Sport Joest action during the 2015 FIA WEC World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Silverstone, England, from April 9th to 12th 2015. Photo DPPI / Jean Michel Le Meur.

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