Alpine wins superheated 6 Hours of Monza

Alpine wins superheated 6 Hours of Monza

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The spirits of those entered in the 6 Hours of Monza, the fourth round of the WEC season, were heated in the strong Lombard heat. In the midst of errors, breakdowns and collisions, it was the Alpine n°36 which won its second victory of the season after that at the 1000 Miles of Sebring. This one seemed however promised to Glickenhaus. Starting from pole position, Romain Dumas took advantage of the power of the American Hypercar to completely dominate the first half of the event, with a margin of up to 45 seconds over the Toyotas. This golden opportunity was wasted by the team’s first major reliability problem since its entry into competition in 2021. Shortly after three hours of racing, the 007 LMH n°708 in its new blue livery rushed into its garage never to come out again. The turbo was in question.

Big attraction of this Italian meeting, the Peugeot 9X8 also encountered problems. Already broken down the day before in qualifying, the n°93 came to a standstill again in the race after 22 short minutes. She reappeared on the track an hour later, but did not manage to chain the laps. At 2:30 a.m. from the finish, the garage curtain was definitely drawn. The sister car saw the checkered flag, but in 33rd place overall. Far from other cars in its class.

The victory was therefore decided between Alpine and the two Toyota. The n°36 stumbled for a long time on the speed of the Japanese, but Matthieu Vaxiviere finally found the opening, despite the aggressive defense of Kamui Kobayashi. On the attack for first place just over an hour from the finish, the Frenchman saw the Japanese fall back on him on the pit straight. The right-rear of Toyota n°7 was damaged and the Japanese driver was penalized with a stop-and-go after joining the pits at low speed. With this victory, the trio composed of Vaxiviere, Nicolas Lapierre and André Négrão accentuates its lead in the drivers’ world championship over that of the Toyota n°8, victorious in Sarthe, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa and Sébastien Buemi, and second in Italy.

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Corvette surprises Ferrari

Coming up from the last position on the grid after its penalty in qualifying for an unsafe release on the Richard Mille Racing Team n°1, the Jota n°38 managed the feat of playing for the win until the end in the LM P2 category. Roberto Gonzalez, Antonio Felix da Costa and Will Stevens finally fell on stronger than them with Rui Andrade, Ferdinand Habsburg and Norman Nato. The No. 41 Realteam by WRT won for the first time this season. Vector Sport scored its first WEC podium with Sébastien Bourdais, Ryan Cullen and Nico Müller.

At home, the AF Corse have long believed in winning the LMGTE Pro. The n°52 of Antonio Fuoco and Miguel Molina was in the lead in front of his public until the very last minutes, before being surprised by the Corvette C8.R of Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner. Ferrari has placed its second AF Corse, the #51 of Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado, after another heated battle against the #92 Porsche of Kevin Estre. In LMGTE Am, the Iron Dames failed to materialize the pole position obtained by Sarah Bovy the day before. Beaten by the Porsche n°77 of Dempsey – Proton Racing (Christian Ried, Sebastian Priaulx, Harry Tincknell), Bovy, Michelle Gatting and Rahel Frey win despite their first podium in the World Endurance Championship.

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