70! Last weekend, as part of the 6 Hours of Silverstone, ORECA Technology claimed its 70th win in the LMP2 class. Chinese team Jackie Chan DC Racing won for the first time of the season with the No. 38 car and crew Tung/Aubry/Richelmi. Their No. 37 sister car came second while Signatech Alpine Matmut’s Alpine A470 completed the podium, thus monopolised by ORECA!
Summer break is over!
Every year, WEC and ELMS contenders do enjoy a well-deserved summer break. In motorsport, just like in daily life, mid-August thus often means that it is soon time to get back to work… That is what FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series crews did last weekend!
Both championships resumed at the same time and in the same place: Silverstone.
Free practice sessions for both competitions began on the Friday.
ELMS, WEC, ORECA is in the lead
The ELMS race took place on Saturday, eight ORECA 07 were on the starting grid. Once again, ORECA chassis shone, having clinched the first five positions overall.
Championship leader G-Drive Racing by TDS Racing strengthened their lead a bit more with a new win. American team DragonSpeed’s hard work paid off as they achieved their first podium of the season.
Still fighting for a good place in the championship, IDEC Sport Racing climbed on the podium. Graff Racing’s No. 39 and APR-Rebellion Racing’s No. 31 completed the Top 5.
The following day, it was WEC teams’ turn to take to the track. Jackie Chan DC Racing by Jota Sport’s No. 38 started from the first row, shone throughout and raced its way towards victory – first win of the season. The Chinese team clinched a double as their sister car, which had claimed the pole position, reached the second place. It was followed by Signatech Alpine Matmut’s Alpine A470 which is still leading the championship in class. DragonSpeed crossed the finish line just off the podium, in fourth position, having shown great potential throughout.
Let’s not forget Perrodo/Duval/Vaxivière’s great performance. They were at the fight for the first place for a while, before a mechanical issue unfortunately delayed them.
In the main class, the Rebellion R13 delivered strong performances. Originally third and fourth, both cars ended up first and second as another contender got excluded. The Rebellion R13 thus clinched its first win in Great-Britain, Sebah’s home country. It is actually the first time that a private team has claimed a win overall, while alongside Mathias Beche, Thomas Laurent and Gustavo Menezes became respectively the youngest and first American drivers to ever win in the WEC.
As the 6 Hours of Silverstone came to an end, ORECA celebrated its 70th win in the LMP2 class. From the ORECA 03 in 2011 to the ORECA 07 in 2018, the French manufacturer has kept on notching up successes. Let’s head to 100 wins!