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DTM: Wickens wins at Nürburgring

Author: David van den Boom (@David__VDB)
 

Robert Wickens won the DTM race at the Nürburgring ahead of Augusto Farfus and Christian Vietoris.

Farfus started from Pole ahead of Wittman. The race was started under rainy conditions, so the start wasn’t without collisions.

Rockenfeller spun at Turn 1, were in contrast Wickens had a great start comming from 10th to 3rd, but dropping back through the race to 5th.

Then he battled with Adrien Tambay for 5th and bumped the Audi driver from behind, so both were onto the grass.

Spengler got a penalty for this afterwards and was then only 14th.

After a terrible start championship leader Rockenfeller had a superb strategy which led him to the lead of the race, until he made his 2nd pitstop, he ended up being 4th.

Wickens overtoke Wittman, after he made a mistake and got 2nd. Wickens then handed the lead from Rockenfeller after he made his last pitstop and holded it till the end.

Scheider had very bad luck again, an ended up at the end of the field. Tomcyck finally got his first points of the season, finishing 5th.

Also Molina had a great race after starting on a great 4th position he ended up being 8th.

It was great race to watch, but i couldn’t get any footage of the race because it was raining pretty hard.

I’m quite delighted that i didn’t watch the live coverage on TV, because the ARD (the channel which is broadcasting the DTM) always switch to the World Championship in Athletics (what was also live) in the middle of the DTM coverage, what is quite awful.

Full results:

1 10 R. Wickens HWA-Mercedes 47 0
2 7 A. Farfus RBM-BMW 2.158 47 0
3 9 C. Vietoris HWA-Mercedes 9.749 7.591 47 0
4 19 M. Rockenfeller Phoenix-Audi 20.524 10.775 47 0
5 15 M. Tomczyk RMG-BMW 27.104 6.580 47 0
6 24 A. Tambay Abt-Audi-Sportsline 27.523 0.419 47 0
7 21 M. Wittmann MTEK-BMW 29.540 2.017 47 0
8 20 M. Molina Phoenix-Audi 33.037 3.497 47 0
9 12 J. Green Abt-Audi-Sportsline 39.972 6.935 47 0
10 18 P. Wehrlein Mücke-Mercedes 40.486 0.514 47 0
11 6 F. Albuquerque Rosberg-Audi 40.908 0.422 47 0
12 5 E. Mortara Rosberg-Audi 42.629 1.721 47 0
13 11 M. Ekström Abt-Audi-Sportsline 46.303 3.674 47 0
14 1 B. Spengler Schnitzer-BMW 51.991 5.688 47 0
15 2 D. Werner Schnitzer-BMW 57.649 5.658 47 0
16 16 A. Priaulx RMG-BMW 1:21.517 23.868 47 0
17 3 G. Paffett HWA-Mercedes 1 Runde 1 Runde 46 0
18 22 T. Glock MTEK-BMW 1 Runde 8.615 46 0
19 4 R. Merhi HWA-Mercedes 1 Runde 23.227 46 0
DNF 17 D. Juncadella Mücke-Mercedes 18 Runden 17 Runden 29 0
DNF 23 T. Scheider Abt-Audi-Sportsline 39 Runden 21 Runden 8 0
DNF 8 J. Hand RBM-BMW 47 Runden 8 Runden 0 0

Support series recap

So in contrast to the WEC at Spa, were we only had the Porsche GT3 Benelux Cup with only had 11 cars in the field, at the Nürburgring we had the FIA Formula 3 Europen Championship, Auto GP, porsche Carrera Cup and the VW Scirocco R Cup.

They all had good amount of cars in their fields, especially the Carrera Cup with 34 cars (!).

F3 wasn’t really that exciting, the drivers aren’t driving like in GP2, they are pretty calm and careful at overtaking, which actually didn’t take place. Marciello (Ferrari F1 junior driver) won all three races and it looks he’s going to win the championship with only 3 venues to go.

Auto GP had two good races (despite only 15 cars), with Race 1 won by former F1 driver Narain Karthikehyan.

Carrera Cup and Scirocco Cup had the best races, especially the Scirocco Cup, despite the big crash frm Tomas Schreier in Race 1, which was red flagged afterwards.

My footage of the races will come soon.

DTM Nürburgring 2013 Preview

Author: David van den Boom  (@David__VDB)
 

Note: I’m only writing a preview to this , because i’m going to the Nürburgring this weekend. Normally i won’t write a preview for the DTM races.

Yes i know, i have written an negative article about the DTM some weeks ago, but these are the reasons why still go to the DTM this weekend:

1st: I really like the Nürburgring itself, Nordschleife and GP circuit.

2nd: The DTM on track action is most of the time pretty good (despite DRS)

3rd: There many support series includiing the FIA F3 European Championship and Auto GP (yep there were Narain Kartikehyan is driving now) and they’re all pretty good to watch.

So now to the preview of the upcoming DTM race…

 

Audi: The Favourites

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It seems like Audi have the sorted the problems from last year out. It also looks like the change from A5 DTm from RS5 DTM this year, made a bigger impact to the perfomance of Audi as expected.

So now Pheonix driver Mike Rockenfeller (2010 24h of Le Mans overall winner) is leading the driver’s championship ahead of BMW driver Bruno Spengler.

The Nürburgring is his home race and he always showed great pace here, since his debut in the DTM back in 2007.

So he’s going to be the man to beat at this weekend, but watchout for Ekström.

After over 10 years in the series, Ekström proofed that he has still got what it takes to win a DTM race. I still think he’s the deserved winner of the Norisring race and also got 2nd at Moscow.

But these two are really the only ones from the 8 Audi driver’s who could win this race.

Scheider had incredible bad luck, Mortara and Green are having trouble this year.

Alberquerque and Molina don’t show any good pace, only Tambay is the driver who could get a podium but who knows?

 

Mercedes: Need to win again

3 Gary Paffett (GB), HWA, DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé

Eurospeedway at the Lausitz 2013- that was the last race were a Mercedes won a DTM race. Mercedes doesn’t lack pace, they’re head to head with Audi. The problems are the drivers.

I really thought that would be Paffet’s year, but you can’t win a championship when you do something silly like at the Norisring.

Paffet will be the favourite from Mercedes drivers. Vietoris is always a bit unobstructive, but clean and consistend, that why he’s 3rd in the drivers standings. But i don’t think he’s fast enough for a win.

Also Wickens has chances, but he needs to sort he’s Qualifying perfomance.

The other Mercedes drivers? Do they have a chance? Nope…

 

BMW: In Trouble

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Ok, Spengler won two races this year with the BMW M3 Coupe DTM. But the best driver in a team, doesn’t he wins every race for them, see Moscow, were he really had problems.

But Spengler won this race in 2006 and 2010, so he has good chances to win there.

Timo Glock looked on fire in first three races of the season, taking a 3rd place at Spielberg.

But now i’m thinking he’s going to have same season as Ralf Schumacher had in 2011.

Taking a podium spot, what got really hyped and then suddendly driving at the back of the field. The difference between Glock and Schumacher II is that Glock got his podium in his rookie season, were Schumacher II got his first podiums in his 4th season in the DTM.

Glock deserved a good F1 cockpit, but i really hope he does well in the rest of the DTM season.

And don’t forget Augusto Farfus, who won the season opener at the Hockenheimring, but can’t keep that speed on a consistent basis.

Wittman looks promising (2nd at Brands Hatch) and Werner and Hand have nothing to lose.

 

I will try to upload some footage from the weekend (DTM, F3 Europe, Auto GP, Porsche Carrera Cup and VW Scirocco R Cup) on Youtube next week or so.

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Full Results from Moscow race:

1 19 M. Rockenfeller Phoenix-Audi 1:14:38.512 74 2
2 11 M. Ekström Abt-Audi-Sportsline 1.303 1.303 74 2
3 7 A. Farfus RBM-BMW 11.393 10.090 74 2
4 24 A. Tambay Abt-Audi-Sportsline 12.275 0.882 74 2
5 3 G. Paffett HWA-Mercedes 17.495 5.220 74 2
6 12 J. Green Abt-Audi-Sportsline 18.704 1.209 74 2
7 8 J. Hand RBM-BMW 19.363 0.659 74 2
8 2 D. Werner Schnitzer-BMW 26.117 6.754 74 2
9 23 T. Scheider Abt-Audi-Sportsline 34.184 8.067 74 2
10 9 C. Vietoris HWA-Mercedes 41.331 7.147 74 2
11 18 P. Wehrlein Mücke-Mercedes 42.000 0.669 74 2
12 10 R. Wickens HWA-Mercedes 43.782 1.782 74 2
13 6 F. Albuquerque Rosberg-Audi 44.443 0.661 74 2
14 4 R. Merhi HWA-Mercedes 51.576 7.133 74 2
15 21 M. Wittmann MTEK-BMW 52.941 1.365 74 2
16 22 T. Glock MTEK-BMW 54.421 1.480 74 2
17 15 M. Tomczyk RMG-BMW 58.460 4.039 74 2
18 17 D. Juncadella Mücke-Mercedes 1 Runde 1 Runde 73 2
19 1 B. Spengler Schnitzer-BMW 1 Runde 2.496 73 2
20 16 A. Priaulx RMG-BMW 1 Runde 10.327 73 2
DNF 5 E. Mortara Rosberg-Audi 43 Runden 42 Runden 31 3
DNF 20 M. Molina Phoenix-Audi 69 Runden 26 Runden 5 2

 

DTM driver’s standings:

1. M. Rockenfeller 94 4 25 12 18 10 25
2. B. Spengler 67 10 18 25 6 8 0
3. G. Paffett 57 12 8 2 25 0 10
4. C. Vietoris 56 15 4 6 15 15 1
5. A. Farfus 48 25 0 8 0 0 15
6. R. Wickens 45 0 15 0 12 18 0
7. M. Ekström 38 0 6 10 4 0 18
8. M. Wittmann 33 2 12 18 0 1 0
9. D. Werner 26 18 0 4 0 0 4
10. J. Hand 26 6 10 0 0 4 6
11. D. Juncadella 20 0 0 0 8 12 0
12. J. Green 18 0 0 0 10 0 8
13. T. Glock 15 0 0 15 0 0 0
14. A. Tambay 12 0 0 0 0 0 12
15. T. Scheider 12 8 2 0 0 0 2
16. R. Merhi 8 1 0 0 1 6 0
17. E. Mortara 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
18. A. Priaulx 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
19. P. Wehrlein 2 0 1 1 0 0 0

 

 

 

 

 

Column: Why i’m starting to dislike the DTM

Author: David van den Boom, Twitter: (@David__VDB)
 

Now i have been following this series since the season finale of tthe 2007 season, were Ekström and Spengler were battling for the title.

That’s were i was starting to begin my interese for the DTM and watched the full 2008 season and i watched the other season afterwards.

So yeah you can call me a longtime DTM fan, who even visited the Nürburgring race there since 2010.

Don’t forget this is my opinion, i’m sure there are some people who disagree. Please share your opinion in the comment section.

So now i’m going to say what’s wrong with the DTM nowadays and why it’s going in the wrong diretcion.

1. Stupid rules/decisions

Some of the stewards nowadays for example in F1 or GP2 are really wrong with their penalty desicions.

But the DTM stewards are actually the best in making stupid and just wrong decisions. For example, Spengler this year at the Lausitzring, were he showed the middle finger to Ekström, after they had hard side by side contact racing at the last lap of the last corner.

So Spengler just expressed his anger to Ekström and Ekström was making fun of him afterwards in a interview.

But of course the DMSB (organisation of the DTM) overreacted and gave Spengler 10,000  euro fine for giving Ekström the middle finger.

20 years ago, even 10 years ago were the ”new” DTM started they wouldn’t do anything about it and say that’s OK.

And of course the ridiculous blue flag rules at the Norisring this year.

Rockenfeller and Paffet had newer, better tires than the others ahead of them, for some reason the ITR (Race Control) said that it would be ok if you give the others who are ahead of Rockenfeller and Paffet blue flags so Rockenfeller and Paffet don’t damage their new tires, and get held up.

They were all even on the same lap???

So of course you as a motorsport fan would think, why the f*** would do that???

Not even the race control from F1 would be pathetic enough to think about something like this.

And of course the thing with the water bottle and Ekström and i won’t say much about it, because that’s really over the top.

Ekström didnt gained an advantage, the team didn’t gained advantage. But they outcast the Parc Ferme rules and got DSQ’d.

And then saying afterwards that there’s no race winner and Wickens stays 2nd. You would just think like this….

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2. Why globalise it?

DTM- Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters/ German Touring Car Championship.

So you would think like the BTCC their racing only on circuits on their own country, namely Germany and everybody would be happy.

But no here comes the DMSB again and says that you should globalise the hell out of it.

Going to Moscow and then to Shanghai next year, doing the US-DTM in 2015.

Guys, guys why the hell are you doing that when it’s still called DTM???

If manufactures want to showcase their roadcars on race circuits on all over the world then you can go to the WTCC.

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I mean look at BMW in the DTM, do you really think BMW came back just because everybody wanted that and there were new rules coming in 2012?

No, because they hope that the DTM becomes a 2nd WTCC, just even more expensive and with less cars on the grid than the original WTCC.

So BMW is making pressure on the DMSB to compete in countries were nobody gives a s*** about the DTM anyway (China, Russia, USA etc).

And you know that the Super GT (much better) will have the same rules as the DTM in 2014.

So of course the DMSB is hoping that Nissan, Honda and Lexus (actually Toyota) will come with cars that can be raced in Europe.

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And guess what? Yep, of course all three manufactures didn’t give a f*** about the DTM,

Nissan will built the next generation GT-R, Lexus will bring the LFA and Honda will bring the next-gen NSX and you couldn’t race those cars against M3’s, RS5’s or C-Classes forget it.

I just don’t hope that the GT500 cars are going to have DRS and option tires and all this crap, because as you can see in the latest race of the Super GT 2013 season, they don’t need it at all!!!!

3. Trying to be the F1 of Touring Cars

So these are Touring cars, you wouldn’t expect much of aerodynamics and more looking like the roadcars as you can see in WTCC and

BTCC or V8 Supercars, those are real Touring cars and deserve that name.

But in the DTM… just look at the comparison between a road M3 E92 Coupe and a M3 Coupe DTM.

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And you call that a touring car?

I don’t think so, it looks more like a prototype.

Despite the looks of those DTM cars, all other parts have nothing to do with the roadcars what you don’t call a touring car.

And because of the aerodynamics of the cars, the DMSB was finding it a good idea to bring DRS and option tires to the DTM.

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So well the DRS doesn’t really bring anything despite Hockenheim and Spielberg, in all the other the races the DRS system didn’t showed any advantage for the driver  behind his opponnent.

Those cars are just to slow, so the DRS system can work how it should work, it works in F1, but not here.

And the option tires…… as I was never a fan from the Pirelli tires in F1 and how carefull the F1 drivers had to drive on them to keep them alive, my opinion on the option tires in the DTM is pretty much the same.

You don’t need this in a touring car series, oh wait, why am i even calling this a touring car series?

4. How the DTM should be

– merge together with the dying ADAC Procar and doing the same rules as the ones used in the WTCC

– make two sprint races on Sunday, not just one long race, like it’s now

– no DRS, no option tires, no pitstops

– racing only in Germany, we have enough tracks were the DTM doesn’t race

– how the calendar should be:

1. Hockenheimring

2. Euro Speedway

3. Norisring

4. Oschersleben

5. Sachsenring

6. Nürburgring

7. Berlin-Tempelhof  (same weekend with the Formula E)

8.  Sachsenring

9. Bilster Berg (when stands are build, so maybe 2015?)

10. Hockenheimring

– teams from WTCC/BTCC can also race in the DTM and the other way

But hey, it won’t happen anyway 😦

WEC: Toyota with reduced programm for the rest of the season

Toyota announced today, that they will only run one TS030 Hybrid LMP1 (the #7 with Sarrazin, Davidson and Buemi) for the rest of the 2013 WEC season.

Expect of the 6h of Fuji were they, obviously, bring a two car entry there, because it’s their home race (and with Nakajima a local hero).

That means we’re only going to see four LMP1 cars, two Audi’s, one Toyota and one Rebellion-Lola (see last sports car racing post), what is quite poor for a World Endurance Championship.

To this time last year, we had 7 LMP1 cars, one of them included the JRM HPD entry who are now in the Blaincpain Endurance Series with the Nissan GT-R GT3 car and another HPD from Strakka who retired from this season, despite their LMP1 privatiers win at Le Mans.

And all these withdrawals happen because of the preperation for next year with the new cars.

But why didn’t ACO/FIA said that the teams could run this years cars also next year?

I mean it worked out in 2011, were some of the teams were racing the 2010 machines, back then we had nearly 13-15 LMP1 cars through the ILMC season.

So Wurz and Lapierre will do the simulator  and test work with the 2014 car and Nakajima will drive in Super GT and the Super Formula.

24h of Le Mans 2013 Review

The 90th anniversary of the 24h of Le Mans was overshadowed by the death of the danish sportscar driver Allan Simonsen.

It was raining and he led in the GTE Am class, going into the 2nd lap of the race. Then he turned into the Tetre Rouge corner.

He came out wide onto the run-off area and lost control of his Aston Martin Vantage V8.

He then made a big impact against the armcor barrier on the drivers side.

Allan was still responsive after the crash and then he was taken to the Medical Center, where he succumbed his injuries.

The death of Allan was officialy announced from the ACO on 18:00 o’clock/6 pm (GMT+1) during the race.

The family of Allan wanted Aston Martin Racing and Prodrive to continue the race.

It was the first death during the race of the 24h of Le Mans since 1986, were Jo Gartner died in a Porsche 962LM Group C and the first death in the 24h of Le Mans since 1997, were Sebastian Enjolras died in a Welter LMP in pre-Qualifying .

Allan Simonsen was one of the most experienced sports car drivers out there and he also drove in the Australian V8 Supercars Series for Kelly Racing.

It was he’s 7th 24h of Le Mans, he will be truly missed.  He was only 34 years old.

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R.I.P. Allan Simonsen.

Official Statement from the ACO:

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest, which organizes the 24 Hours of Le Mans, released the following statement:

The driver was immediately attended on the scene by the doctors from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s Medical Service.

In a serious condition, Allan Simonsen was transferred immediately to the Circuit Medical Centre where he died soon after due to his injuries.

Allan Simonsen’s family has been informed immediately by David Richards, Principal of the Aston Martin Racing team.

Allan Simonsen, an experienced driver aged 34, had taken part in seven 24 Heures du Mans.

His team mates in the No.95 car were his fellow countrymen, Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest wishes to express its great sadness following this incident, and extends its deepest condolences to the family and those close to Allan Simonsen.

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest will make no further statement while the exact reasons for the accident are still being wholly determined.

LMP1: Audi vs Toyota and Rebellion with bad luck

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Audi were the favourites for the race and nobody expected Toyota to challenge them.

But we were surprised. Toyota already showed their pace at the first lap, were Lapierre went from 4th to 2nd and nearly overtaking the #1 Audi for the lead of the race, until the Safety Car came out.

After the SC, Lapierre couldn’t drive the pace of the #1 Audi with Andre Lotterer anymore and had to settle for 2nd.

Then Lapierre swapped positions with his teammate Davidson on the 3rd hour and then both stayed on 2nd and 3rd positon until the last hour of the race.

Meanwhile the No.1 Audi with Lotterer/Treyuler/Fässler had no problems and it looked like they would run away with the win, but in the evening time the No.1 Audi had to come into the garage for a alternator change.

It costed them over 40 minutes to change it and of course it costed them the race win.

The No.3 Audi R18 with Jarvis/Di Grassi/Gene had also problems at the same time.

The car had contact with a the Labre Competition Corvette from the GTE-Am class and had a right rear tire puncture. They lost nearly 10 minutes at the pitstop.

But after that the #3 car had a awesome battle with the #7 Toyota from Lapierre/Nakajima/Wurz for 3rd position.

But  the #7 eventually got 3rd position.

The No.2 Audi with McNish/Kristensen/Duval then grabbed the lead from the No.1 Audi and stayed there until the end.

They had a lead over 2 laps of the 2nd placed Toyota TS030 from Davidson/Sarrazin/Buemi.

The #7 Toyota was 3rd but lost the position when Lapierre crashed his car at the Porsche corners in rainy conditions and it was only 1 hour to go.

Lapierre brought his damaged car back to the garage and after half an hour the car was repaired, what was a great effort by Toyota Racing.

The #7 Toyota finished 4th behind the #3 Audi.

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The #13 Rebellion Lotus Lola was on a incredible 5th position with Belicchi/Beche/Cheng. But Andrea Belicchi crahsed the car after the SC period hard into the barriers.

Belicchi was taken to the hospital were he broke two rips. Also the #12 Rebellion was in trouble with Jani/Prost/Heidfeld.

The car had mechanical misfortunes and finished 8th in class. Surprisingly then the Strakka HPD from Levenths/Kane/Watts won the LMP1 Privatiers battle, what wasn’t really a battle.

LMP2: OAK Racing dominance

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The Morgan Nissan from OAK Racing was the fastest car out on track.

The car is 8 kph faster on the straights than for example the Oreca 03 Nissan, because the car is/was actually a LMP1 car transformed into a P2 car.

So Baguette/Nicolet made a start/finish win nearly leading every single lap in this class.

Baguette spun under heavy rain in the 23rd hour but managed to bring the car back to the track safely to win the race.

3rd was the G-Drive Racing Oreca 03 Nissan from Conway/Martin/Rusinov ahead of the Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan from Mardenborough/Ordonez/Krumm.

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The two Lotus T128 Praga were 15 and 16th in class for a long time until they had both to retire because of mechanical issues in the morning of the race.

GTE-Pro and Am: Porsche vs Aston Martin, Corvette disappointment

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Porsche had a great lead battle with the race win favourites Aston Martin since lap 4 of the race.

After the #97 Aston Martin from Turner/Mücke/Dumbreck drove into the pits to switch from slick to rain tires, the #91 Porsche 911 RSR from Lieb/Lietz/Dumas drove away with the win in GTE-Pro.

They landed ahead of the #92 Porsche 911 RSR from Bernhard/Pilet/Bergmeister.

AF Corse couldn’t really catch up with the pace of the Aston’s and the Porsche’s and were the best of the rest with 4th and 5th.

Corvette was surprisingly slow, only 6th was the best postion. The SRT Viper GTS-R also disappointed with 8th and 9th in class.

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Porsche also won in GTE-Am with the  IMSA Matmut Perfomance Porsche 911 GT3 RSR 2012 spec from Narrac/Burnet/Vernay.

Dempsey DelPiero Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Foster/Long/Dempsey lost the good looking 3rd positon to a AF Corse Ferrari, so they finished 4th.

It was a great 24h of Le Mans 2013, despite the death of Allan Simonsen.

The next race of the WEC is on the 1st September 2013 at the 6h of Sau Paulo in Brazil.

WEC drivers Prototype Champioship standings:

1 MCNISH A. GBR 25 0 18 0 50 1 94
1 DUVAL L. FRA 25 0 18 0 50 1 94
1 KRISTENSEN T. DNK 25 0 18 0 50 1 94
2 LOTTERER A. DEU 18 0 25 1 20 0 64
2 TRÉLUYER B. FRA 18 0 25 1 20 0 64
2 FÄSSLER M. CHE 18 0 25 1 20 0 64
3 DAVIDSON A. GBR 15 0 12 0 36 0 63
3 BUEMI S. CHE 15 0 12 0 36 0 63
3 SARRAZIN S. FRA 15 0 12 0 36 0 63
4 DI GRASSI L. BRA / 0 15 0 30 0 45
4 GENÉ M. ESP / 0 15 0 30 0 45
4 JARVIS O. GBR / 0 15 0 30 0 45
5 WURZ A. AUT 12 1 * 0 24 0 37
5 LAPIERRE N. FRA 12 1 * 0 24 0 37
6 NAKAJIMA K. JPN / 0 * 0 24 0 24
7 WATTS D. GBR * 0 6 0 16 0 22
7 KANE J. GBR * 0 6 0 16 0 22
7 LEVENTIS N. GBR * 0 6 0 16 0 22
8 JANI N. CHE 10 0 10 0 1 0 21
8 HEIDFELD N. DEU 10 0 10 0 1 0 21
8 PROST N. FRA 10 0 10 0 1 0 21
9 BELICCHI A. ITA 8 0 8 0 1 0 17
9 CHENG C. CHN 8 0 8 0 1 0 17
9 BECHE M. CHE 8 0 8 0 1 0 17
10 BRUNDLE A. GBR 4 1 2 0 8 0 15
10 HEINEMEIER HANSSON D. DNK 4 1 2 0 8 0 15
10 PLA O. FRA 4 1 2 0 8 0 15
11 BAGUETTE B. BEL 1 0 1 0 12 0 14
11 PLOWMAN M. GBR 1 0 1 0 12 0 14
11 GONZALEZ R. MEX 1 0 1 0 12 0 14
12 PEREZ COMPANC L. ARG 2 0 4 1 1 0 8
12 MINASSIAN N. FRA 2 0 4 1 1 0 8
12 KAFFER P. DEU 2 0 4 1 1 0 8
13 PIZZONIA A. BRA 6 0 * 0 / 0 6
13 WALKER J. GBR 6 0 * 0 / 0 6
13 GRAVES T. GBR 6 0 * 0 * 0 6
14 MARTIN J. AUS 0,5 0 0,5 0 4 0 5
14 CONWAY M. GBR 0,5 0 0,5 0 4 0 5
14 RUSINOV R. RUS 0,5 0 0,5 0 4 0 5
15 MARDENBOROUGH J. GBR / 0 / 0 2 0 2
15 ORDOÑEZ L. ESP / 0 / 0 2 0 2
15 KRUMM M. DEU / 0 / 0 2 0 2
16 KIMBER-SMITH T. GBR 0,5 0 / 0 1 0 1,5
17 ROSSI A. USA / 0 / 0 1 0 1
17 LUX E. USA / 0 / 0 1 0 1
17 NICOLET J. FRA 0,5 0 0,5 0 * 0 1
17 MERLIN J. FRA 0,5 0 0,5 0 * 0 1
18 IMPERATORI A. CHE 0,5 0 / 0 * 0 0,5
18 DYSON C. USA 0,5 0 / 0 / 0 0,5
18 KRAIHAMER D. AUT * 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 GIROIX F. FRA / 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 FATIEN F. CIV / 0 0,5 0 / 0 0,5
18 ROSSITER J. GBR / 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 CHAROUZ J. CZE * 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 KA TO J. CHN 0,5 0 / 0 / 0 0,5
18 IHARA K. JPN / 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 WEEDA K. USA * 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 HOWSON M. GBR 0,5 0 / 0 * 0 0,5
18 MARSAL M. USA 0,5 0 / 0 / 0 0,5
18 HOLZER T. DEU * 0 0,5 0 * 0 0,5
18 LIUZZI V. ITA * 0 0,5 0 / 0 0,5
19 HAMILTON A. GBR / 0 / 0 * 0 0
19 BOUCHUT C. FRA * 0 / 0 * 0 0
19 HAEZEBROUCK P. FRA / 0 / 0 * 0 0
19 MONDOLOT P. FRA / 0 / 0 * 0 0
19 NAKANO S. JPN / 0 / 0 * 0 0

WEC Teams GTE-Pro championship standings:

Porsche AG Team Manthey 74

Aston Martin Racing   71

AF Corse Ferrari        60

AF Corse Ferrari       56

Porsche AG Team Manthey 44

Aston Martin Racing  26

Full results (without retirements):

1. #2 Kristensen/Duval/McNish Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 * 348 laps (34 stops)

2. #8 Davidson/Buemi/Sarrazin Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid LMP1 * 347 laps (30 stops)

3. #3 Gene/Di Grassi/Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 347 laps (30 stops)

4. #7 Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 hybrid LMP1 * 341 laps (29 stops)

5. #1 Lotterer/Fassler/Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 * 338 laps (32 stops)

6. #21 Leventis/Watts/Kane Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03c LMP1 * 332 laps (29 stops)

7. #35 Baguette/Gonzalez/Plowman OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2 * 329 laps (30 stops)

8. #24 Pla/Heinemeier Hansson/Brundle OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan LMP2 * 328 laps (31 stops)

9. #26 Rusinov/Martin/Conway G-Drive Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 * 327 laps (32 stops)

10. #42 Mardenborough/Ordonez/Krumm Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan LMP2 327 laps (28 stops)

11. #49 Companc/Kaffer/Minassian Pecom Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 * 325 laps (29 stops)

12. #43 Gachnang/Mailleux/Lombard Morand Racing Morgan-Judd LMP2 320 laps (28 stops)

13. #48 Hartley/Patterson/Chandhock Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 319 laps (29 stops)

14. #38 Dolan/Turvey/Luhr Jota Sport Zytek-Nissan LMP2 319 laps (29 stops)

15. #36 Paniatici/Ragues/Gommendy Signatech Alpine Alpine-Nissan LMP2 317 laps (32 stops)

16. #92 Lieb/Lietz/Dumas Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR GTE-Pro * 315 laps (22 stops)

17. #91 Bernhard/Pilet/Bergmeister Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR GTE-Pro * 315 laps (24 stops)

18. #97 Turner/Mucke/Dumbreck Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE-Pro * 314 laps (24 stops)

19. #34 Frey/Niederhauser/Bleekemolen Race Performance Oreca 03-Judd LMP2 314 laps (32 stops)

20. #73 Garcia/Taylor/Magnussen Corvette Racing Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Pro 312 laps (23 stops)

21. #71 Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro * 311 laps (23 stops)

22. #51 Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro * 311 laps (23 stops)

23. #74 Gavin/Milner/Westbrook Corvette Racing Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Pro 309 laps (25 stops)

24. #41 Kimber-Smith/Lux/Rossi Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan LMP2 * 307 laps (31 stops)

25. #53 Farnbacher/Dalziel/Goossens SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R GTE-Pro 306 laps (28 stops)

26. #76 Narac/Bourret/Vernay IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am * 306 laps (23 stops)

27. #55 Perazzini/Case/O’Young AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am 305 laps (24 stops)

28. #61 Gerber/Griffin/Cioci AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am * 305 laps (23 stops)

29. #77 Dempsey/Foster/Long Dempsey Del Piero-Proton Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 305 laps (24 stops)

30. #50 Bornhauser/Canal/Taylor Larbre Competition Corvette C6 ZR-1 GTE-Am * 302 laps (25 stops)

31. #96 Goethe/Hall/Campbell-Walter Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE-Am * 301 laps (26 stops)

32. #93 Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer SRT Motorsport Viper GTS-R GTE-Pro 301 laps (26 stops)

33. #40 Downs/Dagonneau/Younessi Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca 03-Nissan LMP2 300 laps (29 stops)

34. #67 Gibon/Milesi/Henzler IMSA Performance MATMUT Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am 300 laps (22 stops)

35. #66 Bertolini/Alfaisal/Qubaisi JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Pro 300 laps (26 stops)

36. #88 Ried/Roda/Ruberti Proton Competition Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am * 300 laps (23 stops)

37. #75 Collard/Crubile/Perrodo Prospeed Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR GTE-Am * 298 laps (23 stops)

38. #81 Pottolicchio/Aguas/Bright 8 Star Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GTE-Am * 294 laps (25 stops)

39. #39 Porta/Raffin/Brandela DKR Engineering Lola B11/40-Judd LMP2 280 laps (31 stops)

40. #12 Prost/Jani/Heidfeld Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60-Toyota LMP1 * 275 laps (26 stops)

24h of Le Mans 2013 Preview

It’s the 9oth annerversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the biggest motor race in the world and the 3rd round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2013.

I’m now going to talk about the 4 classes that are going to compete in the race: LMP1, LMP2, LMGTE Pro and Am.

Overall there are 56 cars in the field. There isn’t going to be a experimental car like last year with the Nissan Delta Wing, the GreenGT pulled out of the race after their first tests.

LMP1-Works:

Audi Joest Racing

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Audi goes as the favourites for the win.

They won the first two rounds of the WEC at Silverstone and Spa and managed to keep the Toyota’s way behind.

Audi is going with three R18 e-tron quattros to La Sarthe.

With the 24LM winners from 2011 and 2012 Fässler/Treyuler/Lotterer and also with McNish/Kristensen/Duval and Jarvis/Di Grassi/Gene.

So Audi has already a huge advantage over Toyota, who are only bringing two cars.

But Toyota becomes three litre more fuel, so they can drive longer, what means they can drive later into the pits and don’t have to save so much fuel as Audi.

Because, as you know, the Audi drivers are bit more aggressive than the the Toyota in traffic, what  could result into crashes/incidents. That nearly cost Audi the win in 2011.

But i really think Audi is going to dominate the race and win the 24LM for the 12th time, but which of the three Audis is another question…

Toyota Racing TMG

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Toyota’s last year’s perfomance at the 24LM was impressive but short.

Davidson had a huge crash and the 2nd car retired after a technical failure.

So now Toyota is coming with much more experience to their 2nd 24LM.

Toyota brings two brand new TS030 Hybirds to the race with Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima and Sarrazin/Davidson/Buemi, all drivers expect of Lapierre and Sarrazin are former F1 drivers if you didn’t know.

Toyota has a disadvantage over Audi, only having two cars isn’t the big problem, the actual problem is there race pace.

The car isn’t fast enough in the corners and has a lower topspeed, even in the Le Mans coniguration.

So i think one of the Toyota’s could come into the top three, but only with luck or a crash from a Audi.

And Rebellion is also fast so watchout for them.

LMP1-Privatiers

Rebellion-Lotus Racing

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You can say that they’ve already won it before the race has even began.

They’ve zero competition, only the Strakka HPD, which is two seconds of the Rebellion race pace. But why is the Rebellion so fast?

Well that’s easy, it’s because of the Toyota engine, which is similar to the one in the TS030.

The Lola B12/60 Coupe, isn’t really good (as shown by Dyson in the ALMS), that why it can’t go over 6th in LMP1.

The drivers are Heidfeld/Jani/Prost and Beche/Belicci/Cheng.

Strakka Racing

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The HPD ARX-03a is a good car. Muscle Milk Pikket Racing won the ALMS in 2012 with this car and they can compete with Rebellion for wins.

So the car isn’t the problem, they could be a real challenger for Rebellion, the probelm is the driver lineup.

Levenths/Kane/Watts, they aren’t really good, as shown at Silverstone for example.

They’re entering only one car, so they couldn’t challenge Rebellion anyway. That was the 8th and last car in the LMP1 class.

LMP2

Because there are 21 cars (!) entered in the LMP2 class, i will show the Top 3 favourites for the win there.

OAK Racing (Morgan-Nissan)

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ADR-Delta (Oreca 03-Nissan)

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Sigantech Alpine Renault (Oreca 03-Nissan)

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But of course Jota Sport,  Greaves Motorsport and TDS Racing have also chances to win in this class.

It will be intereting to see how Level 5 from the ALMS will perform, as they’re the only one to use the HPD ARX 03b.

GTE-Pro and Am

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We’re going to have a amazing battle in GTE-Pro.

AF Corse is entering two Ferrari F458 Italia, SRT and Corvette coming with their cars, Aston Martin even with three cars and Porsche with a works team and two brand new 911 RSR.

I see Corvette as a winner, because of their experience there, AF Corse won last year there and Aston Martin won in Silverstone and got the two Poles in the WEC. So really can’t wait to see this battle.

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In GTE-Am meanwhile i think Aston will also do it there, but don’t count out the Ferraris from AF Corse and 8 Star Motorsports.

And of course everybody is excited how actor Patrick Dempsey will do in his debut at the 24h of Le Mans.

He will be driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR entered by his own team Dempsey Racing, who are also competing in the ALMS in the GTC class.

Circuit Preview: Circuit de la Sarthe

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Opened: 1923

Length: 13,629 km

Turns: 38

Lap record: 3.19,074   (Loic Duval, Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908 HDI FAP 2010)

Location: Le Mans, France

Race start: 15:00 p.m. (CEST) (GMT+1)

Race end: 15:00 p.m.

Facebook page: 24 Heures du Mans

Twitter: @24hoursoflemans

Live stream (also TV broadcasted by Eurosport in Europe and by SPEED in North America)

Radio stream: radiolemans.com

All winners (from 2000):

2000 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2001 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2002 – Biela/Kristensen/Pirro (Audi)
2003 – Kristensen/Capello/Smith (Bentley)
2004 – Ara/Capello/Kristensen (Audi)
2005 – Kristensen/Lehto/Werner (Audi)
2006 – Biela/Pirro/Werner (Audi)
2007 – Biela/Pirro/Werner (Audi)
2008 – Capello/Kristense/McNish (Audi)
2009 – Brabham/Gene/Wurz (Peugeot)
2010 – Bernhard/Dumas/Rockenfeller (Audi)
2011 – Fässler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi)
2012 – Fässler/Lotterer/Treluyer (Audi)

Here the highlights of the 24H of Le Mans 2012 for a quick recap of what happend last year:

Full entry list:

                                                                                                 LMP1

1  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Germany André Lotterer France Benoît Tréluyer Switzerland Marcel Fässler
2  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Denmark Tom Kristensen United Kingdom Allan McNish France Loïc Duval
3  DEU Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro M Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis Brazil Lucas di Grassi
7  JPN Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid M Austria Alexander Wurz France Nicolas Lapierre Japan Kazuki Nakajima
8  JPN Toyota Racing Toyota TS030 Hybrid M United Kingdom Anthony Davidson France Stéphane Sarrazin Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
12  CHE Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60Toyota M France Nicolas Prost Switzerland Neel Jani Germany Nick Heidfeld
13  CHE Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60Toyota M Switzerland Mathias Beche Italy Andrea Belicchi China Congfu Cheng
21  GBR Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03cHonda M United Kingdom Nick Leventis United Kingdom Jonny Kane United Kingdom Danny Watts
LMP2
24  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D France Olivier Pla United Kingdom Alex Brundle Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
25  GBR DeltaADR Oreca 03Nissan D Thailand Tor Graves United Kingdom Archie Hamilton Japan Shinji Nakano
26  RUS G-Drive Racing Oreca 03Nissan D Russia Roman Rusinov Australia John Martin United Kingdom Mike Conway
28  ARE Gulf Racing Middle East Lola B12/80Nissan D France Fabien Giroix Ivory Coast Frédéric Fatien Japan Keiko Ihara
30  CAN HVM Status GP Lola B12/80Judd D United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem Canada Tony Burgess Switzerland Jonathan Hirschi
31  CZE Lotus Lotus T128Praga D United States Kevin Weeda United Kingdom James Rossiter France Christophe Bouchut
32  CZE Lotus Lotus T128Praga D Germany Thomas Holzer Austria Dominik Kraihamer Czech Republic Jan Charouz
33  USA Level 5 Motorsports HPD ARX-03bHonda M United States Scott Tucker United Kingdom Marino Franchitti Australia Ryan Briscoe
34  CHE Race Performance Oreca 03Judd D Switzerland Michel Frey Switzerland Patric Niederhauser Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
35  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D Belgium Bertrand Baguette United Kingdom Martin Plowman Mexico Ricardo González
36  FRA Signatech Alpine Alpine A450Nissan M France Pierre Ragues France Nelson Panciatici France Tristan Gommendy
38  GBR Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D United Kingdom Simon Dolan United Kingdom Oliver Turvey Germany Lucas Luhr
39  LUX DKR Engineering Lola B11/40Judd D France Olivier Porta France Romain Brandela Belgium Stéphane Lémeret
40  BEL Boutsen Ginion Racing Oreca 03Nissan D France Thomas Dagoneau United States Matt Downs United States Rodin Younessi
41  GBR Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D United States Alexander Rossi United Kingdom Tom Kimber-Smith United States Eric Lux
42  GBR Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN-Nissan D Germany Michael Krumm United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough Spain Lucas Ordóñez
43  CHE Morand Racing Morgan LMP2Judd D Switzerland Natacha Gachnang France Franck Mailleux France Olivier Lombard
45  FRA OAK Racing Morgan LMP2Nissan D France Jacques Nicolet France Jean-Marc Merlin France Philippe Mondolot
46  FRA Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca 03Nissan D France Pierre Thiriet France Ludovic Badey Belgium Maxime Martin
47  CHN KCMG Morgan LMP2Nissan M Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori United Kingdom Matt Howson China Ho-Pin Tung
48  IRL Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03Nissan D New Zealand Brendon Hartley India Karun Chandhok United States Mark Patterson
49  ARG Pecom Racing Oreca 03Nissan M Argentina Luís Pérez Companc Germany Pierre Kaffer France Nicolas Minassian
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51  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Matteo Malucelli
53  USA SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R M Germany Dominik Farnbacher Belgium Marc Goossens United Kingdom Ryan Dalziel
66  GBR JMW Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 D Italy Andrea Bertolini Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz al Faisal United Arab Emirates Khaled al Qubaisi
71  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Monaco Olivier Beretta Japan Kamui Kobayashi Finland Toni Vilander
73  USA Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M Spain Antonio García Denmark Jan Magnussen United States Jordan Taylor
74  USA Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M United Kingdom Oliver Gavin United States Tommy Milner United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
91  DEU Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR M Germany Jörg Bergmeister France Patrick Pilet Germany Timo Bernhard
92  DEU Porsche AG Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR M Germany Marc Lieb Austria Richard Lietz France Romain Dumas
93  USA SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R M Canada Kuno Wittmer United States Tommy Kendall United States Jonathan Bomarito
97  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Germany Stefan Mücke United Kingdom Darren Turner United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck
98  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Canada Paul Dalla Lana Portugal Pedro Lamy United States Bill Auberlen
99  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M France Frederic Makowiecki Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom Rob Bell
LMGTE Am
50  FRA Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M France Patrick Bornhauser France Julien Canal United States Ricky Taylor
54  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M France Yannick Mallégol France Jean-Marc Bachelier United States Howard Blank
55  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Italy Piergiuseppe Perazzini Hong Kong Darryl O’Young Italy Lorenzo Casè
57  USA Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M United States Tracy Krohn Sweden Niclas Jönsson Italy Maurizio Mediani
61  ITA AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M South Africa Jack Gerber Republic of Ireland Matt Griffin Italy Marco Cioci
67  FRA IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Pascal Gibon France Patrice Milesi Germany Wolf Henzler
70  FRA Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C6.R M United States Cooper MacNeil France Manuel Rodrigues France Philippe Dumas
75  BEL Prospeed Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Emmanuel Collard France François Perrodo France Sebastien Crubilé
76  FRA IMSA Performance Matmut Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M France Raymond Narac France Jean-Karl Vernay France Christophe Bourret
77  USA Dempsey RacingProton Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M United States Patrick Dempsey United States Joe Foster United States Patrick Long
81  USA 8Star Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 M Venezuela Enzo Potolicchio Portugal Rui Águas Australia Jason Bright
88  DEU Proton Competition Porsche 997 GT3-RSR M Germany Christian Ried Italy Gianluca Roda Italy Paolo Ruberti
95  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Denmark Allan Simonsen Denmark Christoffer Nygaard Denmark Kristian Poulsen
96  GBR Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE M Germany Roald Goethe United Kingdom Jamie Campbell-Walter United Kingdom Stuart Hall