6 hours of Mexico City

  • 2016 6 Hours of Mexico

    Emotional home victory for RGR Sport by Morand in LMP2. Porsche victorious in LMP1.

    Video Credit: FIA WEC

  • Mexico - Two in a row for Porsche #1

    Bernhard, Hartley and Webber took the inaugural win in the WEC 6 Hours of Mexico at the newly refurbished Autodomo Hermanos Rodriquez in Mexico City.

    Rain midway through the race saw the #7 come in to contention and cut the lead to 30 seconds by the final hour. Lotterer had a big lock up on the run in to the stadium, slamming in to the wall on drivers right.

    Stephane Sarazzin was lapping quick in the #6 Toyota but was too far back to challenge for the win after falling a lap down in the first hour due to a drive through penalty.

    It was a dramatic home win for RGR Sport Ligier, the dominant #26 G-Drive car suffered a catastrophic brake failure late in the race which took them out of contention with just 35 minutes left on the clock. The championship leading #36 Signatech Alpine crossed the line a few seconds down in second place with the #31 ESM continuing their podium form from the Nurburgring. The G-Drive crew had been on track for their first win of the season after a dominant showing in 2015. With a 40 second advantage and 35 minutes left, the front right brake exploded in a a burst of flame and smoke. The car managed to limp back to the pits but with an 8 minute stop, they were well out of contention.

    It was by no means a clean race for the RGR and Signatech teams. Gonzalez (#43) made a big mistake early on, colliding with the G-Drive Oreca early on, spinning off the track. The #36 Signatech car lead the race through the middle stint but there hopes of a win were dashed when the team suffered a drive through penalty. A final hour charge from Nico Lapierre saw the gap to the #43 car close to just 1.9s as they crossed the line.

    In GTE-Pro, the #97 Aston Martin took its first win of the year after taking the lead as the result of an early mistake from Thiim put the car in to the crash barrier at turn 6. Thiim and Sorensen managed to put in a great recovery drive to bring the car home in third place. The two Astons were split by the #51 AF Corse of Calado and Bruni. Both Fords and the Porsche struggled before the rain set of a number of varying strategy calls.

    The Aston Martins never looked at risk though and held off the advances of Ferrari to claim a well deserved win.

    In Am, Abu Dhabi Proton took a great win after a long standing battle with the KCMG Porsche and AF Corse Ferrari. Ferrari struggled for pace throughout the weekend but still managed second place on the podium. The team was running an alternative strategy to the rest of the field and as a result led at multiple stages throughout the race. Crashes for the #98 Aston and #50 Corvette took them out of contention.

    Photograph John Rourke - AdrenalMedia.com