Davidson and Minassian win Silverstone finale


Peugeot were able to approach this Sunday's race calmly after their works 908 set best time during warm-up and responded gamely to Allan McNish's pole. Whilst not achieving the same times as yesterday, the Audi was left far behind in second place.

After a spin by Timo Bernhard, the 1000km Silverstone race got underway on the parade lap without further major incident for the lead cars. Bernhard was, however, overtaken by Nicolas Lapierre in the Oreca Peugeot. Allan McNish and Anthony Davidson fought tooth and nail for the lead, almost as if they were drag racing. Davidson drove just as aggressively as at Le Mans and shot past the Audi, which briefly went off-track, as the Oreca caught up.
The scrap for P5 between the three identical Lolas of Judd, Rebellion and Drayson was just as exciting – and the two fastest LMP2s of Strakka and Quifel were already closing hard on this trio.

In the GT2 class, Toni Vilander in the AF Corse overtook pole-sitter Robert Bell's Aston Martin. Right behind them came Jaime Melo in the second Ferrari and the reworked BMW M3 GT2 of Dirk Werner, who overtook the Felbermayr.

At the half-way point, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jean Alesi and Toni Vilander retired with bodywork damage. Aston Martin stormed back to lead the class, hotly pursued by the second AF Corse Ferrari. Richard Westbrook popped up among the leading group in the Prospeed 911 to move into P3, just ahead of Jörg Müller.

At this stage, the prototype class was still headed up by the works Peugeot followed by the Oreca 908, the Audi #8 and the Aston Martin with Sam Hancock. Quifel ASM stayed ahead of Strakka Honda as fastest LMP2 in the top ten. Nick Leventis, Strakka team owner, spun and crashed, damaging his car.

At the head of the race, positions remained the same, even as time was called. After around five hours, Anthony Davidson and Nicolas Minassian in the Peugeot had finished, almost an hour earlier than expected, to take victory from the Oreca coupé and the remaining Audi of Timo Bernhard and Dindo Capello.

Strakka, overall winners at the Hungaroring, secured first place in the small prototype class, followed by Quifel ASM and Oak.

Because the Aston Martin had to sit out a stop-and-go penalty, victory in the GT2 class went to the AF Corse of Jaime Melo and Gianmaria Bruni. The pair took the honours on this British round from Richard Westbrook and Marco Holzer in the Prospeed 911. Aston Martin were third, ahead of CRS and title-holders, Lieb/Lietz.

Of course, as winners of the Silverstone 1,000km race, Peugeot also lead the ILMC table. Next round of the Intercontinental Cup takes place first weekend in October at Road Atlanta. The 13th Annual Petit Le Mans is also the final race of the American Le Mans Series. In both prototype and GT2 class, we can look forward to some exciting racing.
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