Titles were settled at Spa last weekend, but there’s still so much to play for next month at Le Mans.
Both the LMP Teams and GT Manufacturers titles were secured at Spa.
Toyota Gazoo Racing takes its second World title in the WEC era, following on from its 2014 Manufacturers World title back when Audi and Porsche provided competition in the LMP1 Hybrid ranks.
Porsche takes its second GTE Manufacturers title after winning it in 2015, making a total of five World manufacturers titles for Porsche, three of which were LMP1 titles from 2015-17.
The LMP Drivers’ World Championship though, goes down to the wire thanks to the fightback from the #7 Toyota crew after its 11-minute delay due to a faulty electronic braking sensor during the race at Spa.
The #8 Toyota trio (Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima) sit on 160 points and the #7 crew (Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi, Jose Maria Lopez) are on 129. It’s a 31-point gap with 39 points available at Le Mans (38 for the win, and a single point for pole position).
LMP2 has two different points standings thanks to the change of crew for the #37 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07.
In the Drivers standings, there are now three crews in the battle for the Championship. Leading the order is the #36 Signatech Alpine trio of Nico Lapierre, Andre Negrao and Pierre Thiriet, who sit on 143 points.
Just four points astray are the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing crew: Stephane Richelmi, Ho-Pin Tung and Gabriel Aubry on 139 Points.
Still in the hunt, thanks to their Spa win are two of the crew from the #31 DragonSpeed ORECA, Pastor Maldonado and Roberto Gonzales are on 117 points, 26 points back. Ant Davidson joined the crew after Le Mans in 2018 with Nat Berthon contesting the first two races, and therefore will not be able to take the title.
The LMP2 Teams standings are precisely the same with the exception that there are four crews in contention, the #37 Jackie Chan DC team sit a single point behind their sister car on 138 points.
The 2018/19 GT World Drivers Championship will go to a Porsche driving squad, the first since Richard Lietz took the crown in 2015.
The Spa Francorchamps results saw the #51 AF Corse Ferrari crew drop out of contention and left #92 pairing Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre topping the points on 140, 36 up on the sister #91 crew of Gianmaria Bruni, still chasing his third Drivers Championship.
GTE Am meanwhile has five crews in contention for both the Drivers and teams titles. The #56 Project 1 Porsche team leads the way with 113 points, Patrick Lindsey, Egidio Perfetti and Joerg Bergmeister topping the Drivers Championship standings with the same points score.
Next up are the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari crew, again all three drivers Francesco Castellacci, Thomas Flohr and Giancarlo Fisichella, sit on 90 points.
Then its the #90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GTE on 87 points. Salih Yoluc and Charlie Eastwood are at the same total in the Drivers Championship, without a third driver as both Jonny Adam and Euan Hankey split starts for the team.
Now up to fourth after losing all of their points before the 6 Hours of Shanghai are the #77 Dempsey Proton Porsche crew. 83 points for the team, and for Christian Ried and Matt Campbell. Julien Andlauer is no longer in the hunt having missed Spa to contest the opening rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
It’s been a remarkable bounce back from the team having lost the points from the first four races of the season after being penalised for tampering with fuel rig data.
The final team with an opportunity to take the title is the #98 Aston Martin Racing squad, the long-standing trio of Mathias Lauda, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy sit on 77 points, 36 off the lead.
Remarkably since the FIA WEC began in 2012, the 2019 Hours of Spa Francorchamps is only the 3rd race to see all entries finish the race. Only Bahrain in 2015 and Fuji’s ‘race that never was’ in 2013 share that record! It’s an incredible stat when you consider the weather conditions changed rapidly, multiple times during the race.
On to Le Mans we go!