The FIA World Endurance Championship kicked off its 2019/2020 season in sensational style this past weekend (August 30 – September 1) as Toyota Gazoo Racing swept its way to a 1-2 finish in an action-packed 4 Hours of Silverstone.
Lifting the curtain on what is set to be another enthralling year of racing, the Northamptonshire venue welcomed a bumper crowd of almost 50,000 to witness a stunning endurance spectacle.
Undertaking an organisational role once again, the British Automobile Racing Club showcased its ability to deliver at the highest level
After dominating qualifying, the trio of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose-Maria Lopez reigned supreme as they battled sunshine, rain and two safety car periods to kick the eighth season of the championship off on the top step of the podium.
Rebellion Racing rounded out the rostrum whilst Ginetta enjoyed a strong return to the series with a fourth and sixth respectively.
In LMP2, newcomers Cool Racing scored a win on their debut whilst Porsche GT Team and AF Corse ran out as winners in LMGTE Pro and LMGTE Am.
The European Le Mans Series also roared into life for another season with their own four-hour encounter, with IDEC Sport Oreca clinching victory in the final four minutes of the race.
Traditionally featuring on the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship support package, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB was also in action as the one-make category featured on the world stage.
Billed as the fastest single marque GT racing championship in the UK’s blue ribbon event of the 2019 season, the iconic 3.7-mile circuit provided a fitting backdrop to a breathtaking two races which could prove critical in the title battle.
Having been the man to beat for much of the season, Daniel Harper kicked off his weekend in sensational style as he powered his way to pole position in qualifying. From there, the JTR driver converted his front-row start into a dominant seventh win of the season ahead of Josh Webster and Lewis Plato.
Former champion Webster then came to the fore in the second encounter of the weekend as he powered his way to a crucial after overhauling George Gamble early on. The victory for Team Parker Racing driver means he has leaped into second place in the overall standings.
Missing the annual trip north of the border to Knockhill, the Porsche Carrera Cup GB will next be in action at Silverstone once again on September 28/29 around the National layout.
To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Silverstone, click here.