Porsche claims win as Audis are delayed
Porsche crew Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley took a third consecutive World Endurance Championship win at Austin last weekend, but only after both Audi entries suffered problems.
The Audi R18 e-tron quattro was the faster car but the #8 machine of Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis lost the lead at the halfway mark when a temporary electrical shutdown delayed them by 40 seconds. There were further delays later in the race when di Grassi had to return to the pits to have a loose door closed meaning the trio could only manage second place, 23 seconds behind the winning Porsche.
The other Audi inherited the lead but later dropped out of contention when Benoit Treluyer was tagged by Olivier Pla’s Ford GT and sent into the barriers, ensuring victory for the Porsche.
The Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway was third, just behind the leading Audi.
LMP2 points leaders Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes dominated the class in their ORECA-NISSAN 05.
Marco Sorensen and Nicki Thiim were victorious for Aston Martin in GTE Pro, while fellow Aston crew Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana took GTE Am honours.