Britain’s Oliver Jarvis takes advantage of Toyota’s misfortune as Audi win at Spa – Telegraph.co.uk
Unexpectedly Toyota were now well clear at the front. Once Kazuki Nakajima took over from Davidson, they had an entire lap on their nearest rivals. But puffs of smoke from the rear of the engine marked the beginning of a spectacular engine blowout. It was a cruel blow.
“I had everything crossed but it wasn’t meant to be today,” Davidson, also a pundit for Sky F1, said. “That’s racing I suppose but it sure does hurt sometimes.”
Now all Audi and Jarvis had to do was survive with the second Porsche, remarkably promoted to second place with other contenders falling by the wayside, limping around this famous old circuit. A brief scare came with 45 minutes to go but Audi clung on. There is plenty of work for everyone to do if they are to manage four times this distance on June 18-19 at Le Mans.
1 #8 Audi (Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis)
2 #2 Porsche (Lieb/Jani/Dumas)
3 #13 Rebellion (Kraihamer/Tuscher/Imperatori)
4 #12 Rebellion (Heidfeld/Prost/Piquet Jr)
5 #7 Audi (Treluyer/Lotterer/Fassler)
6 #4 CLM (Rossiter/Trummer/Webb)
LMP2 winner: #36 ORECA (Lapierre/Menezes/Richelmi)
GTE Pro winner: #71 Ferrari (Bird/Rigon)
GTE Am winner: #98 Aston Martin (Lauda/Lamy/Dalla Lana)