Porsche claims win as Audis are de­layed

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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.

Third win in a row for #1 crew

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