WEC: Rebellion Racing takes victory after post-race Toyota disqualification


Following post-race technical checks at the conclusion of the 6 Hours of Silverstone – a race originally won by the No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID of Fernando Alonso, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima – both the No.7 and No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID cars were disqualified from the results. 

#3 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-13: Mathias Beche, Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent Free Practice 2, 6 Hours of Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England

The two Toyotas were found to be in non-conformity of Article 3.5.6.d of the 2018 LMP1-H Technical Regulations which covers the deflection of the skid block. Toyota intends to appeal the Decisions and therefore the race results remain provisional. 

Following the outcome of Stewards’ Decisions No.25 and No.26, the No.3 Rebellion Racing R13 Gibson of Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Mathias Beche has been elevated to first position in the final result, with the No.1 sister Rebellion of Neel Jani and André Lotterer claiming second position and the No.17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1-AER of Stéphane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev in third place.

The sister Russian-entered car of home hero Jenson Button, Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov unfortunately retired in the first hour with a technical problem. 

An enthusiastic crowd of 60,240 fans saw action over the weekend at Silverstone as the world’s most spectacular sportscars put on another thrilling show, and Toyota will be looking to bounce back to winning form for the fourth round of the WEC Super Season, the 6 Hours of Fuji, in Fuji Speedway on 14th October. 

#38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Ho-Ping Tung, Gabriel Aubry, Stéphane Richelmi Free Practice 1, 6 Hours of Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England

Jackie Chan DC Racing claims famous 1-2 in LMP2 thriller

The Jackie Chan DC Racing squad took a dominant 1-2 victory in LMP2 as the No.38 car of Ho-Pin Tung, Stéphane Richelmi and Gabriel Aubry beat the No.37 ORECA Gibson – crewed Jazeman Jaafar, Weiron Tan and Nabil Jeffri – by just 1.9 seconds in a sensational encounter.   

The No.38 car from the Anglo-Chinese stable fought back from a drive-through penalty for jumping the start and then an unscheduled stop when they ran short of fuel. 

It was the second consecutive Silverstone win for the Jackie Chan DC Racing squad. Earlier the No.37 had lead impressively but their progress was halted by a puncture midway through the race. Despite the best efforts of Jazeman Jaafer the No.37 car just fell short of challenging for the win in the final laps. 

The LMP2 title leading Signatech Alpine trio of André Negrão, Pierre Thiriet and Nicolas Lapierre took third place despite receiving a lengthy timed penalty for a Safety Car infraction at the half-distance mark. 

#51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE EVO: Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado Free Practice 2, 6 Hours of Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England

Calado and Pier Guidi take well-judged win for AF Corse Ferrari

The LMGTE Pro category again saw a thrilling multi-manufacturer battle as reigning GT World Champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi took their first win of the Super Season in the No.51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE Evo.  60,240 enthusiastic fans saw the action over the weekend at Silverstone as the world’s most spectacular sportscars put on another thrilling show. 

Calado and Pier Guidi capitalised on a clever tyre and fuel saving strategy in the early phase of the race which allowed them to take control in the penultimate hour. 

Taking the runners-up position on the track was the No.91 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz. The pair fought back from a difficult qualifying session yesterday to cut through the field.  However, following post-race technical checks the No.91 Porsche was disqualified due to failing the minimum ground clearance measurement test. 

This moved up the No.67 Ford GT of Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx to second place and the No.92 Porsche 911 RSR of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre to the final podium position.  Priaulx drove a brilliant first few stints and took the lead from the No.92 Porsche driven by Kevin Estre. However, the car lost out during the Safety Car period and it was left to Tincknell to make a spectacular last hour pass on Michael Christensen in the No.92 Porsche. 

Aston Martin Racing therefore finished the LMGTE Pro race in fourth position with the new model Vantage of Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin after a much stronger performance in this third round of the FIA WEC. 

BMW Team MTEK took more points in its first WEC season as Martin Tomczyk and Nicky Catsburg came in fifth.  Problems struck the pole sitting Ford GT of Olivier Pla and Stefan Mücke as they finished sixth after being forced to replace a door during a pit stop.

#56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR: Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, Egidio Perfetti Thursday set up, 6 Hours of Silverstone, Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England

Dempsey-Proton Racing claim second Super Season victory

LMGTE Am saw a second consecutive victory for the No.77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR as Christian Ried, Julien Andlauer and Matt Campbell sealed the maximum points. 

The trio celebrated another win after making the most of misfortune suffered by early leaders TF Sport Aston Martin and Team Project 1 Porsche which were both penalised for wrongly entering the pitlane before it officially opened during the Safety Car procedure. 

Both entries recovered with TF Sport grabbing second place, as in Spa, and Team Project 1 taking their first WEC podium in third after Jorg Bergmeister made a stunning last lap move on Aston Martin Racing’s Pedro Lamy. 

The next round will be the 6 Hours of Fuji at Fuji Speedway in Japan on Sunday 14th October. 

From WEC PR materials.

Photos from Paul Foster.