16.07.2017 - 14h05

6 Hours of Nurburgring is go!

The story of Hours 1 & 2 at Nürburgring

  • Drama before the start as No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID of Sébastien Buemi slows and pits with an engine issue which needs a fuel pump change
  • Kobayashi leads from start but pursued by both Porsche 919 Hybrid cars of Timo Bernhard and André Lotterer. Gap fluctuates through traffic
  • Gap never more than 2 seconds throughout the first stint in fascinating battle
  • After first stops Toyota keep the lead with José Maria Lopez taking over in cockpit
  • Porsche swap places as Neel Jani takes over and beats Brendon Hartley out of the pits
  • Vaillante Rebellion run 1-2 in early stages with Bruno Senna in #31 ORECA-Gibson leading Mathias Beche in #13 entry
  • Rebellion duo split after first round of pits stops by Oliver Jarvis in Jackie Chan DC Racing car
  • No.25 CEFC Manor TRS Racing sits fourth in class with Vitaly Petrov at the wheel
  • G-Drive Racing, No.24 CEFC Manor TRS Racing and No.35 Signatech Alpine all serve penalties in opening stages
  • Epic battle in LMGTE Pro as No.95 Aston Martin of Marco Sørensen holds off No.91 Porsche, No.66 Ford GT and No.92 Porsche in nail-biting battle
  • Frédéric Makowiecki takes lead from Sørensen and stretches a small lead of 6 seconds
  • No.71 AF Corse Ferrari driven by David Rigon loses 2 laps with gearbox issue while running in leading LMGTE Pro pack
  • Pedro Lamy opens large lead in LMGTE Am in No.98 Aston Martin
  • Portuguese veteran heads No.61 Clearwater Ferrari of Keita Sawa and No.54 Spirit of Race Ferrari of Francesco Castellacci

Hour 2

  • Porsche No.2 takes second position from sister 919 Hybrid of Neel Jani
  • Brendon Hartley then hunts down leader José Maria Lopez and takes lead at turn one after 77-minutes of racing
  • Lopez is further demoted by Neel Jani and Porsche run 1-2
  • After second scheduled stops Hartley maintains lead over Jani and Lopez. Just 2.7s cover top three after two hours of racing
  • Oliver Jarvis overtakes Bruno Senna to claim LMP2 lead in the No.38 Jackie Chan DC Racing car
  • Jarvis hands over to Ho-Pin Tung who holds lead from No.31 Vaillante Rebellion now in the hands of Julien Canal
  • Third in class is David Heinemeier Hansson in the second of the Rebellion ORECAS but the Dane is under constant pressure from Tristan Gommendy’s Jackie Chan DC Racing car
  • All change in LMGTE Pro as No.92 takes over lead after pit stops. Kevin Estre builds impressive lead over previous leading 911 RSR now driven by Richard Lietz
  • Lietz overtaken by charging Alessandro Pier Guidi in No.51 AF Corse Ferrari in the second hour as Italian splits the 911 RSRs
  • No.98 Aston Martin still leads in LMGTE Am as Paul Dalla Lana has 7-second lead over Dempsey Proton Porsche 911 RSR of Marvin Dienst
Sam SMITH