ADR-DELTA SCORE MAIDEN FIA WEC VICTORY HOME TRIUMPH FOR SILVERSTONE-BASED TEAM
ADR-Delta secured an emotional victory in the LMP2 class of the 6 Hours of Silverstone today to record their first class success in a round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
After six hours of fast and frantic racing around the home of the British F1 Grand Prix, ADR-Delta’s margin of victory over their main rivals in the LMP2 category, the number 44 Starworks Motorsport HPD-Honda, was just under six seconds.
The ADR-Delta Oreca 03-Nissan started the race from tenth position overall, third in class, with John Martin at the wheel. The Australian drove a mighty triple stint to move the number 25 car into the lead of the class, before handing over to Tor Graves.
Tor maintained the car’s advantage at the head of the pack with an impressive performance before leaving Jan Charouz the job of bringing the car home to the chequered flag. During the final half hour of the race the margin between Jan and the Speedworks HPD-Honda, driven by Stephane Sarrazin, began to close but Jan kept his nerve to drive the ADR-Delta team to victory.
John Martin: “It is great to win in this our local race. I only just live across the road so Silverstone is like a second home to me! We have shown good pace all year so it is great to finally win one of these. We had a good strategy and just stuck to it all day, it is very pleasing especially after Le Mans. I had a good start and managed to gain a reasonable lead with a car that was good all day.”
Tor Graves: “I felt I was struggling during the opening two days of the meeting and I must admit I didn’t feel totally confident going into the race. However, once I was on-track today I started pushing and the car felt really good. It is a great feeling to stand on the top step of the podium here at Silverstone in a round of the FIA World Endurance Championship and I am really looking forward to the races ahead.”
Jan Charouz: “The team did a great job today and I pushed as hard as I could towards the end of the race to maintain our lead advantage at a time when the car was probably not at its best. This was a great weekend for ADR-Delta and to win at Silverstone is a very good feeling.”
Simon Dowson, Team Manager: “We are very pleased to win our home race. It is a special feeling. We are aiming for the championship and hope for more of the same in the flyaway races.”
Alan Docking, Team Principal: “We came to this race on the back of three solid performances at Sebring, Spa and Le Mans. We knew we had a good package for this race at our home track and were determined to work hard and score the result we all knew was possible. Everything went very well today and I am very proud of all the team. We now look forward to challenging for more victories in the championship.”
A new proud partner of Jan Charouz in the FIA World Endurance Championship is the company Eat the Ball. The Austrian company produces bakery products in various shapes. For example, in the form of American soccer ball or hand ball.
6 HOURS OF SILVERSTONE
1. Audi Sport Team Joest (Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer) Audi R18 e-tron Quattro
2. Toyota Racing (Wurz/Lapierre/Nakajima) Toyota TS030-Hybrid
3. Audi Sport Team Joest (Kristensen/McNish) Audi R18 ultra
4. Rebellion Racing (Belicchi/Primat) Lola B12/60 Coupe-Toyota
5. Strakka Racing (Watts/Leventis/Kane) HPD ARX 03a Honda
6. Rebellion Racing (Prost/Jani) Lola B12/60 Coupe-Toyota
7. JRM (Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck) HPD ARX 03a Honda
8. ADR-Delta (Martin/Graves/ Charouz) Oreca 03-Nissan – 1st in LMP2
9. Starworks Motorsport (Sarrazin/Potolicchio/Dalziel) HPD ARX 04b Honda – 2nd in LMP2
10. Signatech Nissan (Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov) Oreca 03-Nissan – 3rd in LMP2
FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIPLMP2 STANDINGS (after 6 Hours of Silverstone Round 4 of 8 )
1. Starworks Motorsport 98
2. ADR-Delta 86
3. Pecom Racing 74
4. Greaves Motorsport 63
5. Oak Racing 43
6. Gulf Racing Middle East 34