A fortnight after its Mexican adventure, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is Texas-bound for Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.
With a 30-point lead in the LMP2 class standings, the N°36 Signatech-Alpine crew of Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes has a fourth victory of the season firmly in its sights.
Situated some 1,500km north of Mexico City and on the same latitude, Austin is revving up to welcome round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the eagerly-anticipated 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas. Running from day into night in what is expected to be intense heat and with the possibility of rain showers, the series’ drivers and teams alike are steeling themselves for an exhausting encounter.
After scooping the runner-up spoils in the 6 Hours of Mexico earlier this month – less than two seconds shy of victory – Nicolas Lapierre, Stéphane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes are eager to get back on the winning trail, all the more so with the event marking the latter’s home race! Having already triumphed on three occasions this year – at Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans and the Nürburgring – the drivers of the N°36 Signatech-Alpine have ably underscored their pace, potential, maturity and close working relationship. Those qualities have enabled them to establish a 30-point advantage at the top of the FIA Endurance Trophy LMP2 class standings, equating to more than a victory in hand over their closest pursuers.
Following free practice on Thursday and qualifying on Friday, the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas will roar into life at 5pm local time (GMT-5) on Saturday, September 17. Shortly before mid-distance, nightfall will envelop the Texan track in darkness, recreating the legendary magic of Le Mans.