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André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoit Tréluyer crossed the finish line at Silverstone today in the all-new Audi R18 taking their second consecutive win at the 6 Hours of Silverstone after an incredible race-long battle with Porsche.

However, soon after in post race scrutineering the #7 car was found not to be in compliance with article 3.5.6 a3 of the LMP1 Technical Regulations (thickness of the front skid block), and the Stewards of the Meeting decided to exclude the car from the race.

Audi’s exclusion means that the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb takes the maximum race points from todays opening round, with the #6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 being elevated to second place.  The #13 of Rebellion R-One of LMP1 Privateer Rebellion Racing now finishes third overall in the classification and takes an historic step (all be it by default) onto the overall podium.

In summary:

  • Porsche’s Jani, Dumas and Lieb claimed second place on the track after losing time early in race with technical issue and through contact with the all-British crewed #67 Ford GT.
  • Toyota’s all-new TS050 HYBRID takes a podium position as Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Stephane Sarrazin claimed third place.
  • Rebellion Racing celebrates 1-2 in LMP1 Privateer class and an historic 3rd and 4th overall as the #13 car of Alexandre Imperatori and Dominik Kraihamer and Matteo Tuscher take maximum points.
  • A superb debut win in LMP2 goes to the Mexican-entered RGR Sport by Morand Ligier-Nissan piloted by Filipe Albuquerque, Ricardo Gonzalez and Bruno Senna.
  • The #31 ESM Ligier-Nissan takes second place for Pipo Derani, Chris Cumming and Ryan Dalziel.
  • AF Corse’s #71 crew of Sam Bird and Davide Rigon took a comfortable GTE Pro win as they bring home the first-ever victory for the new Ferrari 488 GTE.
  • A remarkable drive from James Calado and Gianmaria Bruni gave them the runner-up position and secures AF Corse a 1-2 finish while fighting back from three-minute engine change penalty.
  • Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK finished 4th (#66) and 5th (#67) on the American manufacturer’s European race debut with the 2016 Ford GT.
  • AF Corse Ferrari completed a GTE lockout with the #83 458 Italia of Emmanuel Collard, Francois Perrodo and Rui Aguas taking the LM GTE Am victory.
  • Aston Martin Racing finish second in the Am category with the #98 V8 Vantage driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Matthias Lauda.
  • Despite the snow on Saturday, the number of spectators at Silverstone over the weekend was an impressive 52,000.