The best social media from Silverstone

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The open­ing race of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship offered a mouth-water­ing taste of what is set to be an excit­ing sea­son. Fans flocked to the Sil­ver­stone cir­cuit in the UK to watch their favourite teams and dri­vers. Else­where, fans resort­ed to social media to fol­low their heroes and gain an insight behind the scenes. We have put togeth­er some of the weekend’s most pop­u­lar social media con­tent for you to relive the week­end of excite­ment.

On any race week­end, teams and dri­vers have a great deal of prepa­ra­tion to do before they get strapped in to their cars. Aside from team meet­ings and PR work, dri­vers often take the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do a “track walk” to take a clos­er look at crit­i­cal points on the cir­cuit. The new dri­ver trio at G-Dri­ve Rac­ing came across an old friend on their track walk at Sil­ver­stone – Sam Bird, who won the LMP2 title with the Russ­ian team in 2015, joined Alex Lynn, Pierre Thiri­et and Roman Rusi­nov for a self­ie.

Nic­ki Thi­im was rar­ing to go at Sil­ver­stone in defence of the GT dri­vers’ title he won togeth­er with fel­low Dane Mar­co Sørensen last year. Thi­im use the life-sized Lego fig­ure con­struct­ed by Ford to *ahem* demon­strate his supe­ri­or­i­ty. But the race was a dif­fer­ent sto­ry – with Ford tak­ing the win and Thi­im and his Aston Mar­tin Rac­ing col­leagues lan­guish­ing down in sixth posi­tion.

The G-Dri­ve Rac­ing pit was ecsta­t­ic after secur­ing the first pole posi­tion of the sea­son in LMP2. How­ev­er, after wheel-to-wheel bat­tles through­out the six-hour race, the Russ­ian team slipped back in the clas­si­fi­ca­tion and fin­ished fifth.

For­mer Audi LMP1 dri­ver Oliv­er Jarvis had a lit­tle more rea­son to cheer – the Brit cel­e­brat­ed vic­to­ry at his home race with his new team Jack­ie Chan DC Rac­ing. On Twit­ter, Jarvis proud­ly showed off “one of the nicest tro­phies” he’s ever won.

One of the first to con­grat­u­late Jarvis on his vic­to­ry was for­mer Audit team­mate Lucas di Gras­si. The Brazil­ian, who this year will not take part in the WEC, was delight­ed to see his friend stand on the top step of the podi­um.

The pit lane at Sil­ver­stone once again played host to much of the action. This one-hand­ed Iron Man tyre change from a Porsche mechan­ic was one of the most impres­sive scenes in the entire race! Respect!

Despite miss­ing out on a podi­um fin­ish, debu­tant Jean-Eric Vergne was delight­ed to be part of his first WEC race week­end. On Insta­gram, the for­mer F1 dri­ver wrote that he can’t wait for the next round in Spa – an podi­um we all share I’m sure!

2 Responses

  1. George Wilson

    Fan­tas­tic week­end , still going through my pho­tographs a week after arriv­ing . Nic­ki Thi­im is an absoluye leg­end . I hon­est­ly don’t think there is any­one who engages with his fans any­where else like he does . Great access and I was lucky enough to get on the pit walk again this year . I love WEC

    • David

      Hey George – glad you had such a great time. Nicky is quite right­ly a fan favourite. It was a fan­tas­tic week­end!