Porsche leap to top of championship

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is arguably the biggest race in the world and there’s no doubt that the 2016 edition lived up to that billing. However, far from being a standalone race, the famous endurance race is an important part of the World Endurance Championship – not least because double points are on offer due to the race’s length.

Porsche lead the manufacturers’ championship

FIA World Endurance Championship Manufacturers’ Championship

# Manufacturer Nationality Points
1 Porsche DEU 127
2 Audi DEU 95
3 Toyota JPN 79

Porsche leapfrogged Audi and Toyota to take a commanding lead in the FIA World Endurance Championship Manufacturers’ Championship. Cruelly, the #5 Toyota finished its final lap in more than six minutes, meaning that it was not classified in the final results and missed out on 36 points.

FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers

# Manufacturer Nationality Points
1 Aston Martin GBR 112
2 Ferrari ITA 103
3 Ford USA 98
4 Porsche DEU 72

In GTE, it’s – somewhat surprisingly – Aston Martin who lead the championship, after the #95 and #97 cars finished second and third (non-WEC entries such as the winning #68 Ford do not score WEC points). Despite winning the first two races of the reason, Ferrari slip to second after both AF Corse machines were retired – proving that finishing Le Mans is absolutely vital to championship hopes.

Roman Dumas leads the drivers’ championship with teammates Neel Jani and Marc Lieb

FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship

# Driver Nationality Points
1 R. Dumas FRA 94
1 N. Jani CHE 94
1 M. Lieb DEU 94
2 L. di Grassi BRA 55
2 L. Duval FRA 55
2 O. Jarvis GBR 55
3 M. Conway GBR 54
3 S. Sarrazin FRA 54
3 K. Kobayashi JPN 54
4 M. Fässler CHE 35
4 A. Lotterer DEU 35
4 B. Tréluyer FRA 35
5 M. Tuscher CHE 30
5 D. Kraihamer AUT 30
5 A. Imperatori CHE 30

Dumas, Jani and Lieb also hold a commanding lead in the FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship after their two wins so far this season at Silverstone and Le Mans. Reigning world champions Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard languish in joint 17th position with just 3.5 points after three consecutive races of either retirement or serious technical issues.

FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP2 Drivers

# Driver Nationality Points
1 G. Menezes USA 87
1 N. Lapierre FRA 87
1 S. Richelmi MCO 87
2 R. Rusinov RUS 64
2 R. Rast DEU 64
3 F. Albuquerque PRT 53
3 R. Gonzalez MEX 53
3 B. Senna BRA 53
4 R. Dalziel GBR 44
4 L. F. Derani BRA 44
4 C. Cumming USA 44
5 W. Stevens GBR 41
6 V. Petrov RUS 36
6 K. Ladygin RUS 36
6 V. Shaytar RUS 36
7 J. Kane GBR 34
7 N. Leventis GBR 34
7 D. Watts GBR 34

Le Mans winners Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes have taken the lead in the LMP2 drivers’ title, holding a 17-point advantage over G-Drive drivers Roman Rusinov and René Rast.

FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers

# Driver Nationality Points
1 S. Mücke DEU 60
1 O. Pla FRA 60
1 B. Johnson USA 60
2 S. Bird GBR 52
2 D. Rigon ITA 52
3 M. Sorensen DNK 51
3 N. Thiim DNK 51
3 D. Turner GBR 51
4 J. Adam GBR 45
4 F. Rees BRA 45
4 R. Stanaway NZL 45
5 R. Aguas PRT 40
5 E. Collard FRA 40
5 F. Perrodo FRA 40
6 M. Franchitti GBR 32
6 A. Priauxl GBR 32
6 H. Tincknell GBR 32
7 M. Christensen DNK 30
7 R. Lietz DEU 30

The exclusion of non-WEC entries in the points-scoring system means that Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson picked up the 50 points on offer at Le Mans. They now head the championship ahead of AF Corse drivers Sam Bird and Davide Rigon, who won the first two races of the season.

For a full run-down of the championship tables, simply visit our Standings page.

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