Porsche and Ford take championship leads

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is often a turning point in the fight for the FIA WEC championship titles, as – rightly or wrongly – double points are awarded. However, the amount of attrition in the LMP1 class means that both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ championships remain tight going into the second half of the season. GTE is also as tight as ever, with just 22 points separating the top three manufacturers. The GT drivers’ championship is also a close race between pilots from four different manufacturers.

FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship 2017

Porsche lead the manufacturers’ championship with a tally of 111 points, but with only one car of each manufacturer finishing the race at Le Mans, the title battle remains relatively close. A change in regulations for 2017 means that Toyota received points at Le Mans for their overall LMP classification, which was sixth behind a host of LMP2 cars. As a result, they are 23.5 points behind Porsche, but with six rounds to go it’s all to play for.

# Manufacturer Nationality Total
1 Porsche 2 3 1 111
3 4p R
2 Toyota 13p 2 6 86.5
1 1 Rp

FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship

Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard lead the world drivers’ championship by 17 points with a total of 83 following their victory at Le Mans, with Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson in second with 66 points by dint of their two victories at the first two rounds of the season. Remarkably, the six Jackie Chan DC Racing drivers are in joint third and fourth respectively following their podium finishes in the overall classification at Le Mans.

# Driver Nationality Team Total
1 B. Hartley Porsche LMP Team 2 3 1 83
1 E. Bamber Porsche LMP Team 2 3 1 83
1 T. Bernhard Porsche LMP Team 2 3 1 83
2 S. Buemi Toyota Gazoo Racing 1 1 6 66
2 K. Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing 1 1 6 66
2 A. Davidson Toyota Gazoo Racing 1 1 6 66
3 H.-P- Tung Jackie Chan DC Racing 4 9 2 50
3 O. Jarvis Jackie Chan DC Racing 4 9 2 50
3 T. Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing 4 9 2 50
4 A. Brundle Jackie Chan DC Racing 11 16 3 31
4 D. Cheng Jackie Chan DC Racing 11 16 3 31
4 T. Gommendy Jackie Chan DC Racing 11 16 3 31
5 A. Lotterer Porsche LMP Team 3 4p R 28
5 N. Jani Porsche LMP Team 3 4p R 28
5 N. Tandy Porsche LMP Team 3 4p R 28

FIA World Endurance Championship for GT Manufacturers 2017

Ford have overtaken Ferrari at the head of the inaugural GT world championship and now hold a nine-point lead over the Prancing Horse. Aston Martin, victorious at Le Mans, have now moved into third position in the championship with a total of 95 points. Interestingly, Ferrari’s seventh place and Porsche’s eight place both came courtesy of GTE Am entries (#61 Clearwater Racing and #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing respectively).

# Manufacturer Nationality Total
1 Ford 1p 3 2 117
4 4 6
2 Ferrari 2 1p 4 108
5 2 7
3 Aston Martin 6 7 1p 95
7 8 5
4 Porsche 3 5 3 72
10 6 8

FIA World Endurance Championship for GT Drivers 2017

The gap at the top of the GT drivers’ championship is also nine points, with the #67 Ford crew of Pipo Derani, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell leading Aston Martin’s Le Mans champions Daniel Serra, Darren Turner and Johnny Adam. In third position are the Ferrari drivers Sam Bird and Davide Rigon, just three points behind the Aston Martin crew.

# Driver Nationality Team Total
1 L. F. Derani Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UK 1p 4 2 74
1 A. Priaulx Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UK 1p 4 2 74
1 H. Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UK 1p 4 2 74
2 D. Serra Aston Martin Racing 7 7 1p 63
2 D. Turner Aston Martin Racing 7 7 1p 63
2 J. Adam Aston Martin Racing 7 7 1p 63
3 S. Bird AF Corse 5 1p 4 60
3 D. Rigon AF Corse 5 1p 4 60
4 R. Lietz Porsche GT Team 3 5 3 55
4 F. Makowiecki Porsche GT Team 3 5 3 55

FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers 2017

A victory in Le Mans following up on the win at Silverstone means that the Jackie Chan DC Racing drivers of Thomas Laurent, Oliver Jarvis and Ho-Ping Tung hold a commanding 38-point lead in the LMP2 standings ahead of the Vaillante Rebellion crew of Julien Canal, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna. Title contenders and polesitters at every round so far this season, G-Drive Racing, have been several punished for their non-finish at Le Mans, with Roman Rusinov, Alex Lynn and Pierre Thiriet back in fifth position with 38 points.

# Driver Nationality Team Total
1 H.-P- Tung Jackie Chan DC Racing 1 3 1 90
1 O. Jarvis Jackie Chan DC Racing 1 3 1 90
1 T. Laurent Jackie Chan DC Racing 1 3 1 90
2 J. Canal Vaillante Rebellion 2 2 6 52
2 N. Prost Vaillante Rebellion 2 2 6 52
2 B. Senna Vaillante Rebellion 2 2 6 52
3 G. Menezes Signatech Alpine Matmut 4 5 5 42
3 M. Rao Signatech Alpine Matmut 4 5 5 42

For a full run-down of the current FIA WEC standings, please visit our Standings page.

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