18:16 PM

Dunlop LMP2 clean sweep in WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone

  • Jackie Chan DC Racing Duo takes 1-2
  • Signatech Alpine holds championship lead with third place
  • Dunlop top-3 in open tyre competition LMP2 class

None of the LMP2 runners had a clean FIA World Endurance Championship race, but the Jota Sport-run Jackie Chan by DC Racing Orecas were the strongest on the day and eventually stood on the top two steps of the 6 Hours of Silverstone LMP2 podium.

All of the Dunlop-shod cars competing were in podium contention at some point in the race, but the #38 Jackie Chan DC car overcame a drive-through penalty and the misfortune of a badly timed safety car to win the race. The sister car was challenging for the top-spot, closing during the final stages with a gap of just a few seconds at the most in the last half-hour of the race. The #37 car had also overcome an issue, having sustained a debris-puncture while in the lead at around the mid-point of the six-hour battle.  The Signatech Alpine Matmut car took third after a solid race.

The result significantly tightens the LMP2 standings, closing the gap between leaders Signatech Alpine Matmut and the #38 Jackie Chan DC from 14 to four points with the sister #37 Jackie Chan DC car just seven points behind its sibling.

Silverstone’s high left/right bias brought challenges for the teams and gave the option of switching tyres from left to right during stops for best performance. Teams used both options available during the race adding to the tyre strategy options.

Paul Bryant, Event Leader, Dunlop Motorsport

 “That was a good battle with the teams doing well to optimise the tyre allowances on the track. We had all our cars in podium contention and had another great event working with our partners to optimise our car and tyre combinations. It’s been a good result in terms of tightening the championship battle. It will be interesting to see how the battle progresses with the fly-away races over the autumn.”

The next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship is the 6 Hours of Fuji on 14th October.