WEC - Championship Positions after the 6 Hours of COTA

09.10.17

As the FIA World Endurance Championship heads to Japan for the first race in Asia of the 2017 season the battles for the titles have intensified as the WEC heads into the final three races of the year.

After a good start to the season for Toyota with two wins in the UK and Belgium, the 2017 LMP1 FIA World Endurance Manufacturer’s Championship has swung in favour of Porsche after the German manufacturer has been unbeaten the past four races.  With a 73.5 point advantage over their Japanese rivals, Porsche need to finish just 14.5 points ahead of Toyota in Japan to clinch the 2017 FIA World Endurance Manufacturers Championship.  However Porsche have only won once in Japan to Toyota’s four victories at Fuji International Speedway since 2012, so anything can happen in the shadow of Mount Fuji.

 

1 Porsche               242

2 Toyota                 168.5

 

In the LMP FIA World Endurance Driver’s Championship Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard took their fourth win of the year in Texas and have extended their lead to 51 points. The Porsche trio are currently on 159 points with Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps winners, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi, on 108 points.  Anthiny Davidson, who missed the race in the USA, remains on 93 ponts, 15 behind his teammates. 

 

If Hartley, Bamber and Bernhard finish ahead of Nakajima and Buemi and are at least 52 points in front of their nearest rivals, they will secure the 2017 FIA World Endurance Driver’s Championship, the first for Bamber and the second for Hartley and Bernhard.

 

1 Brendon HARTLEY             Porsche Team                       159

1 Earl BAMBER                     Porsche Team                       159

1 Timo BERNHARD               Porsche Team                       159

2 Kazuki NAKAJIMA              Toyota Gazoo Racing            108

2 Sébastien BUEMI               Toyota Gazoo Racing            108

3 Anthony DAVIDSON           Toyota Gazoo Racing            93

4 André LOTTERER              Porsche Team                       83

4 Neel JANI                           Porsche Team                       83

4 Nick TANDY                       Porsche Team                       83

4 Ho-Pin TUNG                     Jackie Chan DC Racing         64.5

4 Oliver JARVIS                    Jackie Chan DC Racing         64.5

4 Thomas LAURENT             Jackie Chan DC Racing         64.5

5 Kamui KOBAYASHI            Toyota Gazoo Racing            60.5

5 Mike CONWAY                   Toyota Gazoo Racing            60.5 

 

The 2017 GT FIA World Endurance Manufacturers Championship sees Ferrari move further ahead of Ford after six races after both the two F488s finished on the podium in Texas.  The Italian manufacturer left the USA with 203 points, 40 points ahead of Ford, with Aston Martin closing the gap to just one point behind.  Porsche had their best weekend so far with the new for 2017 911, taking second place and splitting the two Ferraris to head to Japan on 157 points.

 

1 Ferrari                    203

2 Ford                       163

3 Aston Martin           162

4 Porsche                157

 

After finishing a disappointing 7th in Austin the 2017 GT FIA World Endurance Drivers Championship is still led by round 1 winners Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell due to the fact their main rivals also failed to score well at the end of the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas.  This means the championship positions are now really tight, with just seven points separating the top eight drivers.

 

The British Ford GT duo are currently on 102 points, with a reduced lead of 6 points ahead of Fred Makowieci and former GTE champion Richard Lietz driving for Porsche.  Ferrari’s Davide Rigon is still  third on 95.5 points but has moved to within half a point of the Porsche duo ahead, with his teammates and Texas race winners James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi on 95 points, as does his no71 teammate Sam Bird.

 

1 Andy PRIAULX                     Ford                       102

1 Harry TINCKNELL                 Ford                       102

2 Frédéric MAKOWIECKI         Porsche                 96

2 Richard LIETZ                       Porsche                 96

3 Davide RIGON                       Ferrari                     95.5

4 Alessandro PIER GUIDI         Ferrari                    95

4 James CALADO                    Ferrari                    95  

5 Sam BIRD                             Ferrari                     95

 

 

FIA World Endurance Trophy – LMP2

A 4th place finish in Texas and a 9th in class in Mexico has reduced the no 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca’s lead has been reduced to 20 points.  Drivers Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent are currently on 130 points, with Bruno Senna and Julien Canal in the no31 Vaillante Rebellion Oreca-Gibson closing the gap further on 110 points.  Victory for the no36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Oreca at the end of the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas has propelled Gustavo Menezes into 3rd place on 102 points.

 

1 Ho-Pin TUNG                        130

1 Oliver JARVIS                       130

1 Thomas LAURENT                130

2 Bruno SENNA                       110

2 Julien CANAL                        110

3 Gustavo MENEZES               102

4 Nicolas PROST                     92

 

1 38 Jackie Chan DC Racing    130

2 31 Vaillante Rebellion            110

3 36 Signatech Alpine Matmut   102

4 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing    69

5 24 CEFC Manor TRS Racing  63

 

FIA World Endurance Trophy – LMGTE Am

Victory from pole position has propelled the no98 Aston Martin Racing crew of Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy into the lead of the LMGTE Am class.  The team have accumulated 136 points, with the drivers on 130 points, giving them a lead of 4 points over the no77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche of Christian Ried, Marvin Dienst and Matteo Cairoli.

 

Former championship leaders Keita Sawa, Matt Griffin and Weng Sun Mok  in the no61 Clearwater Racing Ferrari F488 are just 14 points behind the Aston Martin Racing trio on 116 points.

1 Mathias LAUDA                     130

1 Paul DALLA LANA                 130

1 Pedro LAMY                          130

1 Christian RIED                       126

1 Marvin DIENST                      126

1 Matteo CAIROLI                    126

3 Keita SAWA                          116

3 Matt GRIFFIN                        116

3 Weng Sun MOK                     116

 

1 98    Aston Martin Racing              136

2 77    Dempsey – Proton Racing      132

3 61    Clearwater Racing                 130

 

 

The next round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship is the 6 Hours of Fuji, which will take place on Sunday 15 October and is Round 7 of the nine race 2017 season.