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IMSA Point Standings
After Austin
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

Prototype Teams
Rank Teams Total
1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

1 #3 Corvette Racing 182
2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
3 #66 Ford Chip Ganassi 172
4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
5 #911 Porsche Gt Team 159
6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Toyota defeats Porsche at Silverstone

6 Hour WEC opener
Sunday, April 16, 2017


Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi, and Kazuki Nakajima
Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi, and Kazuki Nakajima

Toyota Gazoo Racing took a thrilling victory in the opening round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone this afternoon.

Kazuki Nakajima, Sébastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson took Toyota’s 11th victory in the WEC after a frantic contest which had drama throughout the six hours.

Buemi made a move on Brendon Hartley with just 12 minutes remaining of the six hours to seal the victory and, in doing so, the Toyota drivers also claimed the famous and historic RAC Tourist Trophy.

It was Toyota’s 11th victory in the WEC and perhaps its most hard-earned after rain, two Full Course Yellow and one Safety Car period bunched up the field in the fourth hour after Jose-Maria Lopez crashed his Toyota TS050 HYBRID at Copse Corner. 

The pole-sitting #7 Toyota had led in stages during the first two hours but after one of several light showers dampened the circuit, the Argentinian WEC newcomer slid off track and crashed into the tire barriers. Incredibly, the car made it back to the pits and eventually returned to action to be classified fourth in LMP1. Lopez was taken for precautionary checks to the local hospital but was later released with a clean bill of health.

Porsche took the fight to Toyota and recorded second and third positions, but were always in with a chance of a surprise victory throughout the afternoon. Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber took second position in the #2 919 Hybrid as the team tried to maximize their low-downforce package, which was at a disadvantage compared to Toyota’s high-downforce bodywork kit.

But Toyota proved slightly too strong and when Buemi emerged from the pits with fresh Michelins for the final thirty minutes it was only a matter of time before he hunted down and overtook Hartley.

Nick Tandy, Neel Jani and André Lotterer claimed third position after being amidst the lead battle for three-quarters of the race in their #1 Porsche.

Jackie Chan DC Racing takes well-judged LMP2 win

LMP2 saw the newly named Jackie Chan DC Racing trio of Oliver Jarvis, Thomas Laurent and Ho-Pin Tung take a hard-earned win in the category which entered a new and exciting era with more powerful cars this weekend.

JOTA-Sport run Jackie Chan DC Racing became the first Chinese entered team to win a WEC race when the order was shaken up after the Full Course Yellow and Safety Car periods.

The team took advantage and won by almost 20-seconds from the Vaillante Rebellion trio of Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal.

Reigning champions Signatech Alpine (Nicolas Lapierre, Matt Rao and Gustavo Menezes) led the most laps in class but slipped back and eventually claimed fourth position behind the TDS Racing ORECA-Gibson driven by Mathieu Vaxiviere, Emmanuel Collard and François Perrodo.

50,200 fans enjoyed the warm and welcoming presence of the WEC at Silverstone this weekend, and the championship now moves on to Belgium for the second round, the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday 6th May.

Ford GT wins GTE Pro

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing celebrated a famous victory in the LMGTE Pro class as the #67 Ford GT driven by Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani took an ‘against all odds’ win.

The #67 Ford GT came back from early issues with a loose door and a deflating tire to take maximum points.

The Ford GT had been the quickest of the LMGTE Pro cars all weekend and both the #67 and the #66 cars led for the majority of the race.

After gaining a free pit stop after the Safety Car was deployed in the fourth hour, Harry Tincknell blazed to the front, overtaking the No.51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE for the lead.

Even a late race re-occurrence of the door-opening issue failed to hold back Tincknell who took the checkered flag 15-seconds clear of the James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi-driven Ferrari.

The #91 Porsche 911 RSR of Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz made it three different manufacturers in the top three. The new mid-engined LMGTE Pro car made an encouraging WEC debut but its sister car driven by Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen retired after a fire stranded it out on the circuit in the third hour.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson took fourth position, while the #71 AF Corse Ferrari came home fifth after delays when Sam Bird was penalized for a collision with Matthias Beche’s Vaillante Rebellion.

Drama from first to last in LMGTE Am

Clearwater Racing took a debut victory in one of the most dramatic and memorable finishes to any WEC class race.

The Singapore team incredibly entered the last lap of the race in third position but finished first as a collision between the leading #98 Aston Martin Racing car driven by Pedro Lamy and the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GTE entry of Miguel Molina let Matt Griffin through to win the class. It was a proud moment for Weng Sun Mok and Keita Sewa who took their first WEC wins on what was their first visit to Silverstone and their full championship debut.

Earlier in the final hour Matt Griffin had hunted down and overtaken Pedro Lamy in a thrilling fight but then had to stop for a splash of fuel, seemingly handing the win to Aston.

Lamy and team mates Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda had led the majority of the race but saw their advantage cut by the Safety Car. They eventually recovered from the last lap incident to take second position.

Dempsey-Proton Racing took the final podium place in their Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli and Marvin Dienst crewed Porsche 911 RSR (991).

50,200 fans enjoyed the warm and welcoming presence of the WEC at Silverstone this weekend, and the championship now moves on to Belgium for the second round, the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday 6th May.

Toyotas run 1-2 in the early going
Toyotas run 1-2 in the early going

Toshio Sato, Team President: “This has been a dramatic race but the first priority is Jose María and we are all relieved that he is okay after the accident. Despite our strong performance in qualifying, we knew that Porsche would be a much tougher opponent in the race. The whole team performed well and fought right until the checkered flag. Of course it is disappointing not to have two cars on the podium but I am proud of the team for their determination and fighting spirit today, particularly the mechanics who worked so quickly to get the #7 car back on track. Overall I am satisfied with our high-downforce TS050 HYBRID, which showed strong performance throughout this week. Now we need to fine-tune our package for Spa-Francorchamps when we look forward to again fighting closely with Porsche at the front.”

TS050 HYBRID #7 (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose María Lopez)

Race: 23rd, 159 laps, 6 pit stops. Grid: 1st. Fastest lap: 1min 39.656secs

Mike Conway (TS050 HYBRID #7): “Well done to the #8 crew on the victory; they did a great job. It was a good first couple of stints for me but we had an issue with the anti-roll bar so the car didn’t feel right. That affected Kamui’s stint and unfortunately Jose had an incident in the wet. I’m glad to hear he’s okay. The guys did a great job getting the car back out there so big thanks to the team for that. A tough weekend but we had a good car so now we look forward to Spa.”

Kamui Kobayashi (TS050 HYBRID #7): “Congratulations to everyone on the #8 car on their victory. Obviously we had a good start in qualifying and the first part of the race when we were leading. But during the last few laps of Mike’s stint we had an issue with the anti-roll bar. The car didn’t feel right and after I jumped in, it was not well balanced. It’s a pity because we could have had a good result. We showed our performance and we will come back for the next race.”

TS050 HYBRID #8 (Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima)

Race: 1st, 197 laps, 6 pit stops. Grid: 2nd. Fastest lap: 1min 39.804secs

Sebastien Buemi (TS050 HYBRID #8): “I am so happy with this win. It has been a long time since the last one on our car so it’s great to start the season like that. It was a tough race and really exciting at the end. The car was quick and during the last stint I was on fresher tires so that was an advantage. When I caught the Porsche I knew it was my only opportunity as they were faster on the straights due to their low downforce package. So I had to try something and happily it worked out well.”

Anthony Davidson (TS050 HYBRID #8): “It’s amazing to finally get our first win together as a car crew. We really had to work for it today though; we did a great job individually and as team. We read the conditions correctly and made the right call on strategy in difficult conditions, although we were unlucky with the safety car timing. Seb was on fire at the end on fresher tires. Kazuki and I were willing him on from the pits and he did an amazing job. We couldn’t be prouder to win this one.”

Kazuki Nakajima (TS050 HYBRID #8): “I am very happy to get this win with Anthony and Sebastien because it is our first win together, even though we have been on the same car since 2015. I am very happy to achieve that. The race was a lot more difficult than we expected; we were a bit unlucky with the safety car and it was difficult with the rain. I was happy with the car but Porsche also had good pace and made it very difficult for us. Seb did a great job in the end; we believed in him but it was exhausting to watch.”


Pos Drivers No. Laps Gap Gap prev. FastLap
1 Buemi S. Davidson A. Nakajima K. #8 197 0.000s 1:39.804
2 Bernhard T. Bamber E. Hartley B. #2 197 6.173 6.173 1:40.705
3 Jani N. Lotterer A. Tandy N. #1 197 46.956 40.783 1:40.676
4 Tung H. Jarvis O. Laurent T. #38 184 13 Laps 13 Laps 1:46.256
5 Canal J. Prost N. Senna B. #31 184 13 Laps 19.376 1:47.536
6 Perrodo F. VAXIVIERE M. Collard E. #28 184 13 Laps 1.892 1:46.658
7 Lapierre N. Menezes G. Rao M. #36 183 14 Laps 1 Laps 1:47.126
8 Rusinov R. Thiriet P. Lynn A. #26 183 14 Laps 32.247 1:47.241
9 Graves T. Hirschi J. VERGNE J. #24 183 14 Laps 35.828 1:46.872
10 GONZALEZ R. Trummer S. Petrov V. #25 182 15 Laps 1 Laps 1:48.090
11 Cheng D. Brundle A. Gommendy T. #37 182 15 Laps 11.790 1:46.697
12 Beche M. Heinemeier Hansson D. Piquet Jr N. #13 172 25 Laps 10 Laps 1:46.712
13 Priaulx A. Tincknell H. Derani L. #67 171 26 Laps 1 Laps 1:57.416
14 Calado J. Pier Guidi A. #51 171 26 Laps 15.604 1:59.035
15 Lietz R. Makowiecki F. #91 171 26 Laps 10.981 1:58.193
16 Mücke S. Pla O. Johnson B. #66 171 26 Laps 0.906 1:57.856
17 Rigon D. Bird S. #71 170 27 Laps 1 Laps 1:58.687
18 Thiim N. SØRENSEN M. STANAWAY R. #95 170 27 Laps 43.753 1:59.297
19 Turner D. Adam J. Serra D. #97 168 29 Laps 2 Laps 1:59.483
20 MOK W. SAWA K. Griffin M. #61 166 31 Laps 2 Laps 1:59.927
21 Dalla lana P. Lamy P. Lauda M. #98 166 31 Laps 1.768 2:00.295
22 Ried C. Cairoli M. DIENST M. #77 166 31 Laps 23.547 2:01.283
23 Conway M. Kobayashi K. LOPEZ J. #7 159 38 Laps 7 Laps 1:39.656
24 Wainwright M. Barker B. FOSTER N. #86 143 54 Laps 16 Laps 2:00.528
25 Flohr T. Castellacci F. MOLINA M. #54 165 32 Laps -22 Laps 1:59.567
26 Webb O. Kraihamer D. Rossiter J. #4 155 42 Laps 10 Laps 1:47.298
27 Christensen M. Estre K. #92 95 102 Laps 60 Laps 1:59.117

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