Team JOTA Scores Maiden WEC Win In Final Tune-Up Before Le Mans

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Team JOTA Scores Maiden WEC Win At SpaJames Moy Photography - Getty Images

Hertz Team JOTA took its first outright win at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Saturday, round three of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The event attracted a record number of 88,180 fans and was restarted following a lengthy red flag.

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The British-based squad drove the gold-liveried Porsche 963 to the checkered flag after Englishmen Callum Illott and Will Stevens took advantage of well-timed pit stop before a red flag to go out of synch with most rivals.

IIlott and Stevens become the first duo line-up to win a top class WEC race since 2014 and they are the first all-British winners since 2017. The team’s win sees the crew catapulted to second in the overall driver standings, 22 points behind Porsche Penske.


Runners-up were the No.6 Porsche Penske 963 Hypercar driven by Kevin Estre, Andre Lotterer and Laurens Vanthoor – the current championship leaders finishing 12.363s behind race winners, JOTA.

The No.50 Ferrari AF Corse 499P Hypercar of Miguel Molina, Antonio Fuoco and Nicklas Nielsen took the final podium spot, the trio climbing back up the leaderboard following a penalty which saw the crew start today’s race from the back of the Hypercar grid. The sister No.51 Ferrari AF Corse driven by James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Antonio Giovinazzi finished fourth.

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Morris Schuring pounced at Les Combes as Klaus Bachler in the No.92 Porsche tried to juggle waning fuel and the Manthey EMA 911 R LMGT3 led from there to the win.James Moy Photography - Getty Images

Early race leaders Proton Competition rounded out the top five, with Julien Andlauer passing Toyota’s Kamui Kobayashi in the privately-run Porsche 963 in the race’s closing stages. The No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing entry crossed the line in sixth place but a five-second penalty for earlier contact with an LMGT3 car saw the crew eventually finish seventh behind the sister No. 8 Toyota driven by Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa.

During the race’s fifth hour, Cadillac Racing’s Earl Bamber crashed on the Kemmel Straight after tagging the No.99 Proton Competition Porsche of Neel Jani while battling for third position.

Following the lengthy red flag period, necessary to repair armco barriers and catch fencing on the Kemmel Straight after the Earl Bamber/Sean Gelael accident, the race session was resumed after a 1 hour 44-minute red flag that was needed to make the necessary repairs and ensure the track was safe to race.

In the LMGT3 class, Morris Schuring went from third to victory. The Austrian pounced at Les Combes as Klaus Bachler in the No.92 Porsche tried to juggle waning fuel and the Manthey EMA 911 R LMGT3 led to the win. Bachler held on for second. The No.60 Iron Lynx Lamborghini of Matteo Cressoni, Franck Perera and Claudio Schiavoni, who take advantage of two-part aspect of race re-joined after their last lap ‘splash and dash’ pit-stop to fill out the podium in third.

Next in the FIA WEC calendar is the biggest race of the season - the 24 Hours of Le Mans - which takes place at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe from 12-16 June.