Audi Takes Sizzling Win At Spa 2016


Published on May 8th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Audi Takes Sizzling Win At Spa 2016

Audi at Spa WEC1

Audi takes victory in the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps. Oliver Jarvis took the chequered flag at Spa to clinch win for No.8 Audi R18 which he shares with Lucas Di Grassi and Loic Duval. The pole-sitting Porsche of defending world champions Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Mark Webber started well but two punctures and a gearbox failure pushed them down to 26th overall.

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The #8 Audi R18 did not experience issues and battled with two Toyotas with the Porsches out in front. Toyota’s #5 car of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima. Buemi cycled to the lead of the race with a quicker first pit stop, and despite coming under intense pressure from Bernhard was able to create a clear gap when the Porsche encountered its first puncture.

The LMP 1 Podium at the WEC 6 Hours of Spa - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps - Spa - Belgium

In terms of the championship, the #2 Porsche continues to lead with 43 points with the #13 Rebellion close behind on 30. Victory for the #8 Audi means its drivers climb to third in the standings with 25 points.

Car # 8 / AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST / DEU / Audi R18 Hybrid / Lucas Di Grassi (BRA) / Lo•c Duval (FRA) / Oliver Jarvis (GBR) - WEC 6 Hours of Spa - Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps - Spa - Belgium

Porsche continues to lead the manufacturers’ championship with 56 points, although the margins have tightened up heading into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Toyota is 13 points behind on 43, while Audi is on the Japanese marque’s tail with 41 points. RGR Sport by Morand and Signatech Alpine are tied at the top of the LMP2 championship, with ESM a further point behind. Two wins from two for Ferrari puts the Scuderia clearly ahead in the GT manufacturers’ race, 32 points ahead of Aston Martin.

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The next round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship is the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18-19.

Race facts from the final 90 minutes:

20:39:51 Toyota #5 finishes 4th in P1 and Porsche #1 5th in P1

20:38:24 Toyota #5 is doing a final lap on hybrid power to be classified 29th overall

20:37:22 Porsche #1 will be a classified finisher in 30th place

20:36:17 Aston #98 wins GTE Am from #83 Ferrari and #50 Corvette

20:35:30 Ferrari #71 wins GTE Pro from #67 Ford with #97 Aston in 3rd

20:34:01 Alpine #36 wins P2 from #31 ESM Ligier with #45 Manor Oreca in 3rd

20:32:53 Audi #8 wins from #2 Porsche with #13 Rebellion 3rd

WEC Spa 2016

20:31:31 Last Lap

20:29:55 Toyota #5 on pit apron

20:29:28 30 seconds stop & go for Porsche #86 for violating SC procedure

20:28:19 Corvette #50 takes 3rd in GTE Am

20:27:33 Ford #67 up to 2nd in GTE Pro

20:25:28 Ferrari #83 retakes 2nd in GTE Am as Long in #88 Porsche stops

20:24:48 Alpine #35 has stopped Paul Frere Corner

20:24:07 P2 leader #36 pits

20:23:36 Ferrari #71 takes lead from #51 Ferrari which goes into garage

20:22:31 Alpine #35 has rear puncture

20:21:46 Front bodywork damage for Audi #7 after incident at La Source

Audi at Spa WEC3

20:19:52 Audi #7 was hit by #43

20:08:37 Manor #45 has drive through penalty for leaving pit exit with red light still on

20:06:45 SMP BR #37 has drive through penalty for overtaking behind safety car

20:03:00 Porsche #88 takes 2nd in GTE Am from #83 Ferrari

20:00:19 Aston #98 retakes lead in GTE Am from #83 Ferrari

19:54:46 Stefan Mucke reported OK but with some bruising after crash in Ford #66

19:49:49 Tail section was changed on leading Audi #8

19:49:21 Green Flag

19:48:50 Safety car in this lap

19:46:11 Audi #8 rejoins

19:44:41 Leading Audi #8 pushed into garage

19:41:57 Pit entry now open

Audi at Spa WEC4

19:35:02 SMP #27 got puncture after running over debris from #66 crash

19:33:45 After 5 Hours in GTE Am #98 Aston leads from #83 Ferrari with #88 Porsche in 3rd

19:32:24 After 5 Hours in GTE Pro #51 Ferrari leads #71 Ferrari with #67 Ford GT

19:31:09 After 5 Hours in P2 #36 Signatech Alpine leads #43 RGR Ligier & #45 Manor oreca

19:29:58 After 5 Hours Audi #8 leads from #2 Porsche & #13 Rebellion

19:25:49 Ford #66 into tyres head on at Raidillon

19:23:56 Safety Car

19:23:27 Ford #66 has big accident

19:19:17 Ford #66 rejoins after 40 minute pit stop for turbo problem

19:13:59 Strakka Gibson #42 has retired

19:12:07 Audi #8 has telemetry problems

19:08:53 Bernhard takes over Porsche #1

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