WEC – The #17 Porsche benefits from the misfortunes of the #18 in Austin

While the No. 18 Porsche of Dumas-Lieb-Jani was on the verge of winning the 6h of the Circuit of the Americas, the crew had to cede victory to the sister car No. 17 of Bernhard-Webber-Hartley which signed his second victory in a row.

Published on 20/09/2015 à 06:59

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WEC – The #17 Porsche benefits from the misfortunes of the #18 in Austin

Porsche was well on its way to achieving a new double at the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas, but it will have to be content with a second consecutive success to the 919 Hybrid n°17 ​​from Bernhard-Webber-Hartley. The sister car No. 18 of Dumas-Lieb-Jani which held the lead half an hour from the finish encountered a serious electrical problem forcing Romain Dumas to return to the pits to repair and save a 12th place.

The outcome of the event was all the more cruel for the second Porsche crew as they had a good lead over their teammates. The No. 17 lost time following an error by Mark Webber who missed his box and a one-minute stop & go inflicted following an error by a mechanic during a refueling.

Audi thus completes the podium, the R18 e-tron quattro n°7 of Tréluyer-Fässler-Lotterer ranked one minute behind the winners, preceding the sister car of Duval-Jarvis-Di Grassi who finished one lap after also receiving a one-minute stop & go. The Championship leaders who are racing on the No. 7 now only have a ten-point lead over the winners of the American event.

Toyota finished at the foot of the podium with the n°1 of Davidson-Buemi-Nakajima. Mike conway went off the track halfway through the race, causing the #040 TS2 Hybrid to retire. Team ByKolles signs its first victory in private LMP1 with Kaffer-Trummer.

LMP2

The #2 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P28 of Bird-Canal-Rusinov dominated the category after inheriting pole following the disqualification of KCMG's Oreca 05 from Stone-Howson-Bradley started at the back of the grid. The Chinese team's prototype was able to move up to second place despite a half-minute stop-and-go following an infraction in the pits. The second G-Drive Racing Ligier completes the podium with Yacaman-Derani-Gonzalez.

GTE

Porsche wins a new double in GTE Pro with a second success in a row for the No. 911 91 RSR of Christensen-Lietz, which won seven seconds ahead of the No. 92 of Pilet-Makowiecki. AF Corse completes the podium, but it is with the Ferrari n°71 of Calado-Rigon. Bruni-Vilander's sister car this time encountered a door problem causing it to fall to the bottom of the category standings. SMP Racing takes another victory in GTE Am with the No. 458 F72 Italia of Shaytar-Bertolini-Basov.

Video highlights of the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas

Discover the analysis of the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas carried out by our special correspondents in issue 2030 of AUTOhebdo, available from Monday evening in digital version on all platforms, and from Wednesday on newsstands.

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