Rebellion Racing win WEC Silverstone race following disqualification of both Toyotas

WEC Silverstone (Photo by Melissa Warren)Following Toyota Gazoo Racing’s decision to withdraw their appeal against their Silverstone disqualifications, Rebellion Racing has been confirmed as the final winner of the 6 Hours of Silverstone, the third round of the WEC Super Season.


The No.3 Rebellion R13 Gibson, driven by Mathias Beche, Thomas Laurent and Gustavo Menezes, becomes the first privateer entry to win an FIA World Endurance Championship race overall and the first non-hybrid to claim overall victory since Spa 2012.

The final results and championship classifications show a 1-2 for Rebellion Racing, with SMP Racing claiming third place.

The confirmation comes after the withdrawal by Toyota Gazoo Racing of its intention to appeal against exclusion from the race following post-race technical inspections which revealed non-conformity of the regulations of the cars’ skid block.

The No.8 TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso originally took the chequered flag ahead of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José María López in the second-placed Toyota but both cars have been disqualified from the results of the race.

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.

Before their disqualification, the Toyota Gazoo Racing team had claimed a 1-2 finish after a close battle throughout the 6 Hours of Silverstone. .

After swapping the lead on multiple occasions the two Toyotas were finally separated only in the final hour when Buemi made a move on Kamui Kobayashi after the Japanese driver saw a slight drop off in pace. Suspected damage to the floor of the No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID gave Buemi the opportunity which he grasped with both hands.

Rebellion Racing placed third and fourth with the No.3 Rebellion R13-Gibson of Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Mathias Beche taking the final podium place, but it was only sealed in the final hour when the sister No.1 Rebellion LMP1 car was forced to pit for repairs to the rear of the car. Neel Jani and André Lotterer ran for the majority of the race in third position and looked to be on course for the podium and eventually came in fourth.

SMP Racing took fifth place with the No.17 BR Engineering BR1-AER entry of Stéphane Sarrazin and Egor Orudzhev. The sister Russian-entered car of home hero Jenson Button, Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov retired in the first hour with a technical problem.

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 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.

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.

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 on Saturday 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.

WEC Silverstone (Photo by Melissa Warren) WEC Silverstone (Photo by Melissa Warren) WEC Silverstone (Photo by Melissa Warren) WEC Silverstone (Photo by Melissa Warren)

 

 

 

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.

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.

WEC Silverstone (Photo by Melissa Warren) WEC Silverstone (Photo by Melissa Warren) WEC Silverstone (Photo by Melissa Warren) 

 

 

 

The next round will be the 6 Hours of Fuji at Fuji Speedway in Japan on Sunday 14th October.
Race results
1 3 Rebellion Racing M. BECHE / T. LAURENT / G. MENEZES Rebellion R13 - Gibson LMP1 M 193 6:02:10.579 9 96 1:41.579 209.1
2 1 Rebellion Racing N. JANI / A. LOTTERER Rebellion R13 - Gibson LMP1 M 192 6:01:11.778 1 Laps 1 Laps 9 138 1:42.044 208.2
3 17 SMP Racing S. SARRAZIN / E. ORUDZHEV BR Engineering BR1 - AER LMP1 M 192 6:01:39.732 1 Laps 27.954 9 53 1:42.203 207.9
4 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing H. TUNG / G. AUBRY / S. RICHELMI Oreca 07 - Gibson LMP2 D 185 6:02:03.724 8 Laps 7 Laps 10 17 1:47.435 197.7
5 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing J. JAAFAR / W. TAN / N. JEFFRI Oreca 07 - Gibson LMP2 D 185 6:02:05.695 8 Laps 1.971 8 74 1:47.414 197.8
6 36 Signatech Alpine Matmut N. LAPIERRE / A. NEGRÃO / P. THIRIET Alpine A470 - Gibson LMP2 D 183 6:02:26.179 10 Laps 2 Laps 9 148 1:47.896 196.9
7 31 DragonSpeed R. GONZALEZ / P. MALDONADO / A. DAVIDSON Oreca 07 - Gibson LMP2 M 181 6:00:52.089 12 Laps 2 Laps 10 161 1:48.204 196.3
8 29 Racing Team Nederland F. VAN EERD / G. VAN DER GARDE / N. DE VRIES Dallara P217 - Gibson LMP2 M 181 6:01:38.513 12 Laps 46.424 8 128 1:48.352 196.1
9 50 Larbre Competition E. CREED / R. RICCI / Y. MORI Ligier JSP217 - Gibson LMP2 M 176 6:01:33.467 17 Laps 5 Laps 10 47 1:50.045 193.0
10 28 TDS Racing F. PERRODO / M. VAXIVIERE / L. DUVAL Oreca 07 - Gibson LMP2 D 173 6:01:22.726 20 Laps 3 Laps 10 61 1:47.381 197.8
11 51 AF Corse A. PIER GUIDI / J. CALADO Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE Pro M 172 6:01:08.201 21 Laps 1 Laps 5 123 1:58.402 179.4
12 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK A. PRIAULX / H. TINCKNELL Ford GT LMGTE Pro M 172 6:01:43.911 21 Laps 35.710 5 149 1:57.789 180.4
13 92 Porsche GT Team M. CHRISTENSEN / K. ESTRE Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Pro M 172 6:01:48.185 21 Laps 4.274 5 67 1:58.218 179.7
14 97 Aston Martin Racing A. LYNN / M. MARTIN Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Pro M 171 6:01:04.094 22 Laps 1 Laps 5 67 1:58.900 178.7
15 81 BMW Team MTEK M. TOMCZYK / N. CATSBURG BMW M8 GTE LMGTE Pro M 171 6:01:50.741 22 Laps 46.647 5 142 1:59.813 177.3
16 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK S. MÜCKE / O. PLA Ford GT LMGTE Pro M 170 6:00:51.958 23 Laps 1 Laps 5 32 1:58.233 179.7
17 77 Dempsey - Proton Racing C. RIED / J. ANDLAUER / M. CAMPBELL Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am M 168 6:01:11.238 25 Laps 2 Laps 5 85 1:59.651 177.5
18 90 TF Sport S. YOLUC / J. ADAM / C. EASTWOOD Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Am M 168 6:01:58.116 25 Laps 46.878 6 83 2:00.035 177.0
19 56 Team Project 1 J. BERGMEISTER / P. LINDSEY / E. PERFETTI Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am M 168 6:02:10.265 25 Laps 12.149 6 84 2:00.074 176.9
20 98 Aston Martin Racing P. DALLA LANA / P. LAMY / M. LAUDA Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Am M 168 6:02:11.385 25 Laps 1.120 6 120 2:00.385 176.5
21 61 Clearwater Racing W. MOK / K. SAWA / M. GRIFFIN Ferrari F488 GTE LMGTE Am M 167 6:01:11.488 26 Laps 1 Laps 6 67 2:00.414 176.4
22 86 Gulf Racing M. WAINWRIGHT / B. BARKER / A. DAVISON Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am M 167 6:01:35.478 26 Laps 23.990 5 129 2:00.610 176.1
23 70 MR Racing M. ISHIKAWA / O. BERETTA / E. CHEEVER Ferrari F488 GTE LMGTE Am M 167 6:02:32.268 26 Laps 56.790 6 144 2:00.006 177.0
24 88 Dempsey - Proton Racing G. RODA / G. RODA JR / M. CAIROLI Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Am M 167 6:02:38.909 26 Laps 6.641 6 140 1:59.905 177.2
6:01:04.843 2 1:45.231 201.9 DragonSpeed BR Engineering BR1 - Gibson 25 10 H. HEDMAN / B. HANLEY / R. VAN DER ZANDE LMP1 M 165 28 Laps 2 Laps 12
26 54 Spirit of Race T. FLOHR / F. CASTELLACCI / G. FISICHELLA Ferrari F488 GTE LMGTE Am M 158 6:01:24.818 35 Laps 7 Laps 6 59 2:00.622 176.1
27 71 AF Corse D. RIGON / S. BIRD Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE Pro M 157 6:01:39.066 36 Laps 1 Laps 5 107 1:58.254 179.6
28 95 Aston Martin Racing M. SØRENSEN / N. THIIM Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE Pro M 155 6:02:39.698 38 Laps 2 Laps 6 87 1:58.880 178.7

Not classified
82 BMW Team MTEK A. FARFUS / A. DA COSTA BMW M8 GTE LMGTE Pro M 116 4:04:54.212 3 2 1:59.366 178.0
4 Bykolles Racing Team O. WEBB / R. BINDER Enso CLM P1/01 - Nismo LMP1 M 59 2:07:32.006 2 53 1:46.924 198.7
11 SMP Racing M. ALESHIN / V. PETROV / J. BUTTON BR Engineering BR1 - AER LMP1 M 23 41:28.371 1 3 1:42.657 206.9

Disqualified
8 Toyota Gazoo Racing S. BUEMI / K. NAKAJIMA / F. ALONSO Toyota TS050 - Hybrid LMP1 H M 197 6:00:47.471 9 3 1:39.921 212.6
7 Toyota Gazoo Racing M. CONWAY / K. KOBAYASHI / J. LOPEZ Toyota TS050 - Hybrid LMP1 H M 197 6:01:06.735 9 4 1:39.602 213.3
91 Porsche GT Team R. LIETZ / G. BRUNI Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE Pro M 172 6:01:22.552 5 123 1:58.032 180.0 By Melissa Warren

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