The 2015 Lone Star Le Mans is one of just four of the 2015 World Endurance Championship events held outside of Europe and it’s coming up fast! The FIA World Endurance Championship contenders will arrive on Austin’s doorstep at Circuit of The Americas™ starting September 17th. That’s only eight days away, so we’re examining the current standings and recent performances to see if we can determine what to expect at this fast-paced event!
While we may not have a crystal ball to gaze into the future, we know for a fact that this event will be action-packed and entertaining! A total of 31 cars have been entered, featuring drivers from all over the world who will scream around the 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas™ track for six hours to beat their opponents to the finish line.
It’s tough to say for sure who will come in first, but we can say with near certainty that the Nissan LMP1 cars will not be placing at Lone Star Le Mans. These highly innovative vehicles suffered setback after setback in qualifying for the 2015 season and have struggled with issues involving their energy recovery systems (ERS) ever since. When a car’s ERS isn’t functioning properly, many of its other systems are compromised, often causing the vehicle to operate solely on engine power. The Nissan LMP1 is not expected to be seen on a track until 6 Hours of Shanghai in November, at the earliest.
Now let’s take a look at the manufacturers that have aced the season thus far – according to the FIA WEC website, Porsche maintains the lead with 184 total points! While that’s a sizable competitive edge for the moment, it’s only just enough to place ahead of Audi. These standings could change with the next race, which just so happens to be Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas™!
Though Toyota currently holds the 2014 FIA WEC manufacturers’ title, it appears that they’ve underestimated their competition this year as Porsche and Audi have really turned up the heat. Strong performances last year have largely fizzled out as Toyota struggles to maintain their standing at less than half the points that Porsche has achieved during the 2015 season.
How have the drivers fared? Audi crew mates André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer currently top the drivers’ championship standings on FIA WEC’s website, leading the next placed drivers by 17 points. Currently claiming silver are Porsche drivers Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, who finished first with an impressive performance at Nürburgring last month. Bringing up third is another Porsche team manned by Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb. This crew is just two points from tying for second place in the standings, so keep a close eye on those names during the Lone Star Le Mans! If recent history serves as any indicator, both Porsche and Audi will continue to thrive in the World Endurance Championship, and it will come down to the wire as both manufacturers race to the end of the season.
Attend the 2015 Lone Star Le Mans
Witness the heart-pounding action of endurance racing coupled with milder weather – reserve your ticket package now for Lone Star Le Mans, which starts just one week from tomorrow! The intense heat of Austin, Texas starts cooling off in September, but if you’re really looking to beat the heat, be sure to check out our ticket packages with premium covered seating. You’ll enjoy unparalleled access to the Lone Star Le Mans, as well as a dual ticket to access the Paddock building for your exclusive on-site party! Race Day views are open to the reserved areas in the Main Grandstand, Turn 1 and Turn 15 Thursday through Saturday, and extend to the Paddock Building on Friday and Saturday!
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