WEC Spa Francorchamps 2016
Audi survives mayhem to clinch unlikely victory
The second round of the 2016 FIA WEC at Spa-Francorchamps was action-packed, with epic fights, crashes, punctures and mechanical failures shaping a surprising end result. The fans that attended the beautifully sunny Spa track enjoyed a pure endurance race. They witnessed the most thrilling WEC round in a long time. At various times of the 6 Hour race, each of the three brands was leading with a clear advantage at least once, but the heat and an action-packed race took their toll.
In the end Audi trio Oliver Jarvis, Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval emerged from the chaotic 6 Hours of Spa with an unlikely victory, as rivals Porsche and Toyota both hit trouble.
The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid with Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani finished second, while the #13 Rebellion R-One AER, driven by Alexandre Imperatori, Dominik Kraihamer and Matheo Tuscher, came in a strong third place overall at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, followed home by the sister car, #12, driven by Nicolas Prost, Nick Heidfeld and Nelson Piquet Jr.
Signatech wins LMP2 battle
The #36 Signatech Alpine of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi held on by four seconds to seal Signatech's victory, with Derani taking second for ESM. Roberto Merhi in the #45 Manor managed to clear Albuquerque in the #43 Ligier on the final lap to seal the British squad third in class.
Ferrari unstoppable in GTE
The GTE class was led from start to finish by the Ferraris. The #71 car of Davide Rigon and Sam Bird took a second consecutive class victory, a lap ahead of the #67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx, Marino Franchitti and Harry Tincknell. Aston Martin's #97 entry completed the Pro class podium in third place, while the #98 car of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda benefitted from the late safety car period to pass the #83 AF Corse Ferrari for victory in GTE-Am.