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Ford, Tincknell Lead GTE-Pro at Halfway

Tincknell out front in GTE-Pro as 6H Silverstone reaches halfway point…

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Harry Tincknell and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing lead GTE-Pro at the halfway point in the Six Hours of Silverstone, while Toyota Gazoo Racing still holds a 1-2 overall.

The pair of Ford GTs are first and third in class, with James Calado’s AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE running in second behind Tincknell’s No. 67 car.

The field came out of a safety car period at the halfway point in round three of the FIA World Endurance Championship season, following a puncture for Davide Rigon.

This was caused by contact between Rigon’s No. 71 Ferrari and the sole remaining SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AER and led to the GTE runner leaving debris along the stretch of track between Copse and Becketts.

It is the second neutralization of the race so far, following a brief Full Course Yellow for debris earlier, which also involved Rene Binder spinning and crashing the ByKolles Racing ENSO CLM P1/01 NISMO.

Fernando Alonso’s No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid leads overall ahead of Mike Conway in the sister car, while Rebellion Racing has locked out the best of the non-hybrid positions in third and fourth overall.

Only five LMP1 cars remain, with DragonSpeed, ByKolles and SMP Racing all losing a car so far.

TDS Racing is out front in LMP2 after a splitter problem for the leading Jackie Chan DC Racing car during the third hour, while the Jota Sport-run Oreca 07 Gibsons are second and third in class.

GTE-Am is headed by Matt Campbell’s Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR, ahead of the Aston Martin Racing Vantage GTE.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dave

    August 19, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Looks like they got that EoT thing all sorted out. Much more entertaining racing now.

    • Timsson

      August 19, 2018 at 11:05 am

      Not even close. The Toyotas lead by 3 laps over the first Rebellion. Button predicted 4 laps between the hybrids and privateers by the end of the race, but it looks like it will be more.

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