Audi drivers Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis took a first World Endurance Championship victory together at Spa.

Audi on top
Audi on top

The winning Audi moved into the lead halfway through the fourth hour when the #5 Toyota TS050 HYBRID shared by Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima suffered major engine failure. The Toyota was a lap clear of the second-place Audi and looked on course for victory when Nakajima brought the smoking car into the pits.

All six factory LMP1 cars encountered problems over the course of the six-hour race, although a late-change of the rear body section of the winning Audi was precautionary.

For di Grassi and Jarvis, it was their first ever victories in the series.

“You never forget your first victory, and definitely I won’t forget this one,” said di Grassi. “It was a crazy race. I worked very hard, we’ve been unlucky sometimes, and we never got to the right place – but we did today. I’m very proud of the job my two teammates made, and Audi Sport.

“Ours was the only car that endured the race without a major problem. That was the main reason why we won. Nevertheless, it doesn’t feel less tasty for that. I’m going to enjoy this victory very much.”

Duval added:

“We’ve been through some really hard times together since last year, but we’ve definitely been lucky this weekend. I believe it’s well deserved, because we should have won before.

“In terms of performance, we were not where we wanted to be. We have to work on that for the next events. After the disappointment of Silverstone, it’s great to win again for Audi.”

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Rebellion Racing 3rd and 4th overall

Rebellion Racing #13
Rebellion Racing #13

After a very strong result at the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship opening round at Silverstone in April where the Rebellion Racing team finished in 3rd and 4th places overall, and with a 1-2 finish in the LMP1 Privateer class, the Swiss team repeated their performance with another 3rd and 4th place finish at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. And for the second time in two races this year Rebellion Racing topped the LMP1 Privateer class with a 1-2 victory.

Dominik Kraihamer - Rebellion R-One AER #13:

“ It’s an awesome result for us and the team, especially as next race will be Le Mans. The team deserve results like we had in Silverstone and here. The contact with the P2 is my mistake, I was careful but the car braked a bit early I think, we saw later that they were having brake problems, it’s part of motor racing and l only lost a bit of time in this incident. Everything worked well for us during the race and I hope it will continue like this!”

Signatech wins frantic LMP2 battle

Mucke’s crash turned the battle for LMP2 honours into a frantic final-hour shootout, as the top four were all brought nose-to-tail.

The #36 Signatech Alpine of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi had assumed the lead in the fourth hour when the class-leading #44 Manor Oreca hit trouble with an apparent brake problem.

The #26 G-Drive Oreca came fifth, but had dominated the early stages before suffering a puncture that lost the car a lap.

Ferrari unstoppable in GTE

The GTE class was led from start to finish by the AF Corse Ferraris, but there was a late sting in the tail for Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado when the #51 488 Italia was forced to head for the garage in the final 10 minutes with engine trouble.

That meant 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.

Full Results

1LMP1L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.JarvisAudi Sport Team JoestAudi6h00m32.112s
2LMP1R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.LiebPorsche TeamPorsche2 Laps
3LMP1M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.ImperatoriRebellion RacingRebellion/AER4 Laps
4LMP1N.Prost, N.Piquet Jr., N.HeidfeldRebellion RacingRebellion/AER5 Laps
5LMP1M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.TreluyerAudi Sport Team JoestAudi5 Laps
6LMP1S.Trummer, O.Webb, J.RossiterByKOLLES Racing TeamCLM/AER9 Laps
7LMP2G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.RichelmiSignatech AlpineAlpine/Nissan9 Laps
8LMP2R.Dalziel, L.Derani, C.CummingExtreme Speed MotorsportsLigier/Nissan9 Laps
9LMP2M.Rao, R.Bradley, R.MerhiManorORECA/Nissan9 Laps
10LMP2R.Gonzalez, F.Albuquerque, B.SennaRGR Sport by MorandLigier/Nissan9 Laps
11LMP2R.Rusinov, N.Berthon, R.RastG-Drive RacingORECA/Nissan10 Laps
12LMP2S.Dolan, G.van der Garde, J.DennisG-Drive RacingGibson/Nissan12 Laps
13LMP2S.Sharp, E.Brown, J.van OverbeekExtreme Speed MotorsportsLigier/Nissan14 Laps
14GTE ProD.Rigon, S.BirdAF CorseFerrari15 Laps
15LMP2T.Graves, W.Stevens, J.JakesManorORECA/Nissan16 Laps
16GTE ProM.Franchitti, A.Priaulx, H.TincknellFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFord16 Laps
17GTE ProR.Stanaway, F.Rees, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin16 Laps
18GTE ProR.Lietz, M.ChristensenDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche18 Laps
19GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin20 Laps
20GTE AmF.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.AguasAF CorseFerrari21 Laps
21GTE AmY.Yamagishi, P.Ragues, P.RubertiLarbre CompetitionChevrolet21 Laps
22GTE AmC.Ried, W.Henzler, J.CamathiasKCMGPorsche21 Laps
23GTE AmM.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.BarkerGulf RacingPorsche22 Laps
24LMP2V.Petrov, K.Ladygin, V.ShaytarSMP RacingBR Engineering/Nissan24 Laps
25GTE AmK.Al Qubaisi, D.Hansson, P.LongAbu Dhabi-Proton RacingPorsche24 Laps
26LMP1T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.HartleyPorsche TeamPorsche48 Laps
27LMP1A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.NakajimaToyota Gazoo RacingToyota50 Laps
-LMP2D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, N.PanciaticiBaxi DC Racing AlpineAlpine/NissanRetirement
-GTE ProG.Bruni, J.CaladoAF CorseFerrariRetirement
-LMP2N.Minassian, M.Mediani, D.MarkozovSMP RacingBR Engineering/NissanRetirement
-GTE ProB.Johnson, S.Mucke, O.PlaFord Chip Ganassi Team UKFordRetirement
-LMP1S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.KobayashiToyota Gazoo RacingToyotaRetirement
-LMP2N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.KaneStrakka RacingGibson/NissanRetirement
-GTE ProN.Thiim, M.Sorensen, D.TurnerAston Martin RacingAston MartinRetirement

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