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FIA WEC: Nürburgring, Race Preview Part One, LMPs

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LMP1: 9 Cars

1 Toyota Racing Anthony Davidson Sébastien Buemi Kazuki Nakajima Toyota TS 040 Hybrid
2 Toyota Racing Alexander Wurz Stéphane Sarrazin Mike Conway Toyota TS 040 Hybrid
4 ByKolles Racing Simon Trummer Pierre Kaffer CLM P1/01 AER
7 Audi Sport Team Joest Marcel Fässler André Lotterer Benoît Tréluyer Audi R18 e-tron quattro
8 Audi Sport Team Joest Lucas Di Grassi Loïc Duval Oliver Jarvis Audi R18 e-tron quattro
12 Rebellion Racing Nicolas Prost Nick Heidfeld Mathias Beche Rebellion R-One AER
13 Rebellion Racing Daniel Abt Alexander Imperatori Dominik Kraihamer Rebellion R-One AER
17 Porsche AG Timo Bernhard Mark Webber Brendon Hartley Porsche 919 Hybrid
18 Porsche AG Romain Dumas Neel Jani Marc Lieb Porsche 919 Hybrid

No Nissans, but the AER engined Rebellions will make their first starts at a 6 hour race after rejoining the WEC grid at Le Mans.

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The Porsches will, rather sadly, be back in their white livery post Le Mans.

In the Points standings it’s Porsche to the fore in the Manufacturers Championship, 140 points gives them a 16 point lead over Audi, and a 69 point cushion over the reigning Champs Toyota.

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In the drivers standings though its the other way around, the #7 Audi crew holds sway, 80 points for Messrs Lotterer, Fassler and Treluyer puts them 20 points clear of the nearest Porsche pilot, but that’s not one of the full season boys, but rather Nick Tandy, he has 60 points courtesy of the double points scored at Le Mans for the overall win and minor points scored too at both Silverstone with KCMG (drivers points are awarded across both Prototype classes) and Spa with Porsche. Messrs Bamber and Huldenberg are next up, both on 58 before we get to the full season #18 crew a single point back (57 for Lieb, Dumas and Jani).

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The #17 Porsche crew are on 53 points with the #8 Audi squad on 40, 2 points up on the best of the Toyotas, this the #2 car on 38 with the defending Champions on just 27 points!

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ByKolles field Simon Trummer and Pierre Kaffer on the provisional entry, the car showing improved pace of late and better reliability too at Le Mans.

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The Austrian flagged team though wasted an open goal in the Privateer standings for the opening two races, dnf-ing in both, and unclassified at Le mans which put Rebellion in the Pound seats again, the #13 R-One leading the race ahead of the sister #12.

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LMP2: 8 Cars

26 G-Drive Racing Roman Rusinov Julien Canal Sam Bird Ligier JS P2 Nissan
28 G-Drive Racing Gustavo Yacaman Luis Felipe Derani Ricardo Gonzalez Ligier JS P2 Nissan
30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Scott Sharp Ryan Dalziel David Heinemeier-Hansson Ligier JS P2 Honda
31 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ed Brown Jon Fogarty Johannes van Overbeek Ligier JS P2 Honda
36 Signatech Alpine Nelson Panciatici Paul Loup Chatin Vincent Capillaire Alpine A450B Nissan
42 Strakka Racing Nick Leventis Danny Watts Jonny Kane Gibson 015S Nissan
43 SARD Morand Racing Oliver Webb Pierre Ragues Archie Hamilton Morgan Evo Nissan
47 KCMG Matthew Howson Richard Bradley Nick Tandy Oreca 05 Nissan

A few changes to report here amongst an 8 car entry.

The #35 Oak Racing Ligier Nissan gives Germany a miss but the all-Gentleman entry will return for the flyaways.

Strakka Racing field their ‘new’ ex Greaves Gibson for the first time after topping the times at the test here last month. The car looks ominously quick and the Strakka boys will be looking to show that they have lost none of the pace we’ve become used to recalling from seasons past!

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On the driver front the only major change is that Zoel Amberg is replaced at SARD Morand by young Archie Hamilton. “FP1 at the Nürburgring will be the opportunity to get back to prototype driving and get familiar with the Morgan. I am confident since I know the track and love this mix between slow, technical and high speed corners.” The Morgan could, again, be one to watch.

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In the Points standings it’s the Le Mans winning KCMG squad that leads the way in the Team Championship, the #47 squad has Nick Tandy back aboard after the Porsche factory man moved over to his LMP1 seat (rather successfully) at Le Mans, and at Spa.

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KCMG’s 78 point tally puts them 4 points ahead of the #28 G-Drive squad, the Latin American crewed car 10 points clear of the sister #26 car in third.

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The chasing pack, led by the #31 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier HPD (which will be back in it’s regular green livery for this one) is more than a race win of points awry at the moment.

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In the Driver standings there’s a similar picture of course, the only major difference being that Tandy is way down the order after missing an LMP2 run for the past pair of races – Nic Lapierre is not currently lated to reappear and thus his current 66 points, third in the standings, is likely to be overhauled with ease by other contenders.

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