WEC: LMP1 Rebellion Racing takes overall victory after post-race Toyota disqualifications
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.
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.
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.