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FIA WEC: Nürburgring, Race Preview Part Two, GTs

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LM GTE-Pro: 7 Cars

51 AF Corse Gianmaria Bruni Toni Vilander Ferrari 458 Italia
71 AF Corse Davide Rigon James Calado Ferrari 458 Italia
91 Porsche AG Team Manthey Richard Lietz Michael Christensen Porsche 911 RSR
92 Porsche AG Team Manthey Patrick Pilet Frédéric Makowiecki Porsche 911 RSR
95 Aston Martin Racing Christoffer Nygaard Marco Sørensen Aston Martin Vantage V8
97 Aston Martin Racing Darren Turner Stefan Mücke Jonny Adam Aston Martin Vantage V8
99 Aston Martin Racing V8 Alex MacDowall Fernando Rees Richie Stanaway Aston Martin Vantage V8

Only two changes to report here from the regular entry. One man out, another in, both from Aston Martin, but not from the same car!

Jonny Adam joins the #97 car and looks set to be a part of the crew for the remainder of the WEC season as AMR work to recover lost ground.

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Nikki Thiim meanwhile is missing from the #95 Dane Train effort and might well find his way into a leading DTM drive this weekend as supersub for the suspended Timo Scheider!

In the Championship standing Ferrari dominate, 45 points clear of Porsche in the Manufacturers battle (with Aston Martin a further 15 points back).

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The drivers standings too see a pretty picture for Ferrari with the #51 crew reading the charge, and the sister #71 pairing just 4 points behind with Richard Lietz the best placed Porsche man 13 points off the lead total and the top points scorers for Aston Martin thus far, the #99 crew, a further 9 points astray.

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LM GTE-Am: 7 Cars

50 Larbre Competition Gianluca Roda Paolo Ruberti Kristian Poulsen Chevrolet Corvette C7
72 SMP Racing Victor Shaitar Andrea Bertolini Aleksey Basov Ferrari 458 Italia
77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Patrick Dempsey Patrick Long Marco Seefried Porsche 911 RSR
83 AF Corse Francois Perrodo Emmanuel Collard Rui Aguas Ferrari 458 Italia
88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Competition Christian Reid Khaled Al Qubaisi Earl Bamber Porsche 911 RSR
96 Aston Martin Racing Francesco Castellacci Roald Goethe Stuart Hall Aston Martin Vantage V8
98 Aston Martin Racing Paul Dalla Lana Pedro Lamy Mathias Lauda Aston Martin Vantage V8

Larbre Competition have got their car back after an extended post Le Mans loan to the factory team, the Larbre Corvette subbing for the car destroyed in Jan Magnussen’s pre-race shunt. The car has had much Pratt & Miller love rained upon it and should be in tip top condition for the rigours of the season remaining.

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On the driver front there’s the very welcome news that Roald Goethe is fit to drive after his MASSIVE shunt at Le Mans. Huge kudos to both the medical team that have dealt with the German Gent’s injuries and to AMR for a big step forward in the safety of the car in the past season.

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There’s only on driver change to report but it is a significant one, an overall Le Mans winner indeed as Earl Bamber joins the #88 Abu Dhabi Proton squad subbing for ADAC GT Masters cup-tied Klaus Bachler.

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The Le Mans result had two significant effects on the points standings. The final hour shunt for Paul Dalla Lana dropped the then current points leader out of the race and sent the car plummeting down the points order as others double scored their way by.

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The Le Mans winning #72 SMP Racing Ferrari arrives in Germany at the top of the tree with a 14 point advantage (80 – 66) against the #83 AF Corse 458.

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Third, a further 11 points back, and a single point ahead of the #98 Aston, is the #77 Dempsey Proton Ferrari. With the Aston Martin having shown punishing pace thus far this could be a topsy turvy six hours of action!

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