Silverstone WEC 6 Hours (2017)

   

The WEC 6 Hours has officially started with Silverstone playing host to the first race of the season.

Saturday 15th April 2017:  With practice and qualifying sessions underway and Toyota installed in positions 1 & 2 and Porsche in positions 3 & 4, only race day can keep the positions in place or swap it completely. Following the Prologue at Monza at the beginning of April where Toyota showed their dominance from the offset, they have set their sights on achieving poll position for the season opener. We shall soon see!

Sunday 16th April 2017: First Hour of the Race

12.00 / 6.00 – The race is now underway with a rolling start with Toyota in positions 1st (7) & 2nd (8) on the grid with Porsche 3rd (1) & 4th (2)

12.05 / 5.55 – Cars 7, 8, 2, 1 with a gap of 5.100 between the first (1.39.65) and the fourth cars. Bykolles (4) are in 9th position with a lap time of 1.48.35

12.15 / 5.45 – Lap 10 and positions have changed with cars now settled in a formation of numbers 8, 7, 2, 1 for the top four places. Lap time for number 8 car is 1.40.93 and a gap between car 8 and car 1 of 10.47 seconds. 

12.25 / 5.35 – All LMP2 cars are in procession and grouped in order from race position 5 to 13 with Alpine car number 36 leading the pack. Bykolles (4) after some problems are in last position (27th) with a gap of 14 laps. All LMP1 have covered 15 laps with LMP2 having covered 14 laps.

12.30 / 5.30 – LMP1 race positions 1 – 4 are still in the same order after 18 laps and lap time has dropped for race leader to 1.42.22. GTE PRO grouping are race positions 14 to 20 with car number 67 Ford GT of Priaulx dropping back to 25th position after going into the pits.

12.35 / 5.35 – GTE AM have grouped in position 21 to 24 and 26 with lap time of lead car in group (98) Aston Martin driven by Lamy achieving a time of 2.02.09

12.45 / 5.15 – Leading four cars are now 2, 1, 8, 7 after Toyota pitted both their cars for a tyre change as rain starts. 

12.48 / 5.12 – Porsche have now pitted with car # 1 but not 2 as yet for tyre change

12.50 / 5.10 – Porsche have now brought in # 2 car for tyre change and Bykolles (4) are now in position 21. LMP1 pack order is now once again 8, 7, 2, 1

12.55 / 5.05 – All LMP2 cars have now pitted for tyre changes. Bykolles (4) is now in 15th position. Car # 67, Ford GT is now at the back of the GTE PRO pack in position 21

1.00 / 5.00 – Leading four LMP1 cars are still in position 8, 7, 2, 1 with last lap time of 1.42.94 and gap between the 1st and 4th cars of 19.85 seconds. Bykolles (4) now in 14th position. All cars have now been into the pits and circuit is now drying out.

Last hour of the 6 Hour race

17.05 / 55.00 – Toyota #8 in the lead with Nakajima at the wheel pursued by Porsche’s #2 and #1 with a gap of 19.30 and 21.19 respectively. Hartley driving the #2 Porsche and Tandy in the #1 Porsche.

17.15 / 45.00 – Bykolles (4) is in 12th position. LMP2 class seem to have stayed in group sequence pretty much throughout the whole race as have the GTE Pro and AM classes.

Porsche #2 has now taken the lead with a 55.67 second lead over the Toyota #8

17.30 / 30.00 – With the #2 Porsche entering the pits after 180 laps, but still out in front of team-mate Tandy in the #1 car (32.90 seconds behind), leaving a gap of 8.22 seconds ahead of Toyota #8 driven by Buemi

17.40 / 20.00 – Porsche #2 with Hartley at the wheel on lap 185 is still ahead of the #8 Toyota but only by 2.72 seconds

17.45 / 15.00 – Toyota #8 takes the lead and quickly establishes a 0.81 second lead over the #2 Porsche

17.55 / 5.00 – Toyota # 8 is still in lead with only five minutes to go and after 193 laps has a lead of 4.99 seconds over the # 2 Porsche.

18.00 / 0.00 – Toyota Gazoo Racing car #8 wins the WEC Silverstone 6 Hours after a total of 197 laps and successfully brought home by Buemi with a lead of 5.93 seconds over #2 Porsche.

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