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2020 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas
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The 2020 Lone Star Le Mans, is an endurance sportscar racing event held on 23 February 2020, as the fifth round of the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship. This marked the return of the FIA WEC to the Circuit of the Americas for the first time since 2017, and the inaugural running of the race under the banner of Lone Star Le Mans, which had previously been utilised by the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for races run at COTA, while WEC races occurring on the same weekend had been run as the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas.[1]

Background

The provisional calendar for the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship was unveiled at the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone, featuring eight races, on five continents, starting at Silverstone in September 2019 with a four-hour race, and ending with the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020. The calendar saw the events from the previous seasons carried over, while bringing back the rounds held at the Bahrain International Circuit, and the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, which had last been held in 2017, and in 2014 respectively. The 6 Hours of São Paulo would serve as the 5th round, and was planned to be held on 1 February 2020.[2]

On 10 November 2019, FIA WEC boss Gerard Neveu issued a warning to teams regarding the 6 Hours of São Paulo, stating that the promoter of the event, N/Duduch Motorsports, was facing issues in meeting its contractual recruitments, with some of the issues being of financial nature, with Neveu stating that the championship would make a decision on the event before December 2019.[3] At the time, several venues were considered to replace Interlagos, including Kyalami, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, as well as the Circuit of the Americas.[4]

On 2 December 2019, it was announced by the WEC, that the 6 Hours of São Paulo would be cancelled, and replaced by the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas, to be held from 22-23 February 2020, with the race being 6 hours long. The date was moved back from the Interlagos round's original 1 February date, due to the Super Bowl LIV being held on the same date, while the Formula E championship was scheduled to hold the Mexico City ePrix on the weekend of 14-15 February.[5][6]

Entry list

On 3 February 2020, it was announced that Team LNT had withdrawn from the entry list for the event due to necessary maintenance that the cars needed. The team will return to the grid at Sebring however. The withdrawal of both Ginetta G60-LT-P1s meant that the car count was now 29.[7]

The DragonSpeed team who were initially denied entry for the COTA round were now able to secure a spot in the COTA round.[8] The team, a day later, confirmed their driver line-up to be that of their 24 Hours of Daytona entry; Colin Braun, Ben Hanley, who also drives for Team LNT, and Henrik Hedman.[9]

Furthermore, on the 5 February 2020, ex-Corvette Racing drivers Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller will return to the team for two rounds of the 2019-20 season as a duo in the new Corvette C8.R. The two will also compete in the round at Sebring International Raceway in March.[10]

German driver Laurents Hörr will replace David Heinemeier Hansson in the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche for the rest of the season.

These additional entries bring the total amount back to the maximum 31; 3 LMP1s, 9 LMP2s, 7 LMGTE Pro cars and 11 in LMGTE Am.

Qualifying

Results

Pole Position winners in each class are in bold[11]

Pos Class Team Average Time Gap Grid
1 LMP1 No. 1 Rebellion Racing 1:47.530 - 1
2 LMP1 No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing 1:49.161 +1.631 2
3 LMP1 No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing 1:49.431 +0.270 3
4 LMP2 No. 42 Cool Racing 1:49.910 +0.479 4
5 LMP2 No. 22 United Autosports 1:50.073 +0.163 5
6 LMP2 No. 36 Signatech Alpine Elf 1:50.984 +0.911 6
7 LMP2 No. 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing 1:51.354 +0.370 7
8 LMP2 No. 38 Jota Sport 1:51.592 +0.238 8
9 LMP2 No. 33 High Class Racing 1:51.747 +0.155 9
10 LMP2 No. 21 DragonSpeed 1:52.765 +1.018 10
11 LMP2 No. 29 Racing Team Nederland 1:53.131 +0.366 11
12 LMP2 No. 47 Cetilar Racing 1:54.305 +1.174 12
13 LMGTE-Pro No. 95 Aston Martin Racing 2:00.733 +6.428 13
14 LMGTE-Pro No. 92 Porsche GT Team 2:00.952 +0.219 14
15 LMGTE-Pro No. 97 Aston Martin Racing 2:01.029 +0.077 15
16 LMGTE-Pro No. 51 AF Corse 2:01.031 +0.002 16
17 LMGTE-Pro No. 91 Porsche GT Team 2:01.049 +0.018 17
18 LMGTE-Pro No. 71 AF Corse 2:01.229 +0.180 18
19 LMGTE-Am No. 56 Team Project 1 2:02.784 +1.555 19
20 LMGTE-Am No. 98 Aston Martin Racing 2:02.830 +0.046 20
21 LMGTE-Am No. 90 TF Sport 2:02.909 +0.079 21
22 LMGTE-Pro No. 63 Corvette Racing 2:02.967 +0.058 22
23 LMGTE-Am No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2:03.110 +0.143 23
24 LMGTE-Am No. 83 AF Corse 2:03.376 +0.266 24
25 LMGTE-Am No. 57 Team Project 1 2:03.450 +0.074 25
26 LMGTE-Am No. 54 AF Corse 2:03.462 +0.012 26
27 LMGTE-Am No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2:03.682 +0.220 27
28 LMGTE-Am No. 70 MR Racing 2:03.781 +0.099 28
29 LMGTE-Pro No. 62 Red River Sport 2:03.964 +0.183 29
30 LMGTE-Am No. 86 Gulf Racing 2:04.296 +0.332 30

Race

Results

The minimum number of laps for classification (70% of the overall winning car's race distance) was 132 laps. Class winners are denoted in bold and with double-dagger.

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 LMP1 1 Switzerland Rebellion Racing United States Gustavo Menezes
France Norman Nato
Brazil Bruno Senna
Rebellion R13 M 189 6:01:37.705double-dagger
Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8
2 LMP1 8 Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Japan Kazuki Nakajima
Toyota TS050 Hybrid M 189 +51.524
Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6
3 LMP1 7 Japan Toyota Gazoo Racing United Kingdom Mike Conway
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Argentina José María López
Toyota TS050 Hybrid M 187 +2 Laps
Toyota 2.4 L Turbo V6
4 LMP2 22 United Kingdom United Autosports Portugal Filipe Albuquerque
United Kingdom Philip Hanson
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Oreca 07 M 182 +7 Lapsdouble-dagger
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
5 LMP2 37 China Jackie Chan DC Racing China Ho-Pin Tung
France Gabriel Aubry
United Kingdom Will Stevens
Oreca 07 G 182 +7 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
6 LMP2 38 United Kingdom Jota Sport Portugal António Félix da Costa
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Mexico Roberto González
Oreca 07 G 181 +8 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
7 LMP2 42 Switzerland Cool Racing Switzerland Antonin Borga
Switzerland Alexander Coigny
France Nicolas Lapierre
Oreca 07 M 181 +8 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
8 LMP2 29 Netherlands Racing Team Nederland Netherlands Frits van Eerd
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Oreca 07 M 181 +8 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
9 LMP2 36 France Signatech Alpine Elf France Thomas Laurent
Brazil André Negrão
France Pierre Ragues
Alpine A470 M 180 +9 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
10 LMP2 33 Denmark High Class Racing Denmark Anders Fjordbach
United States Mark Patterson
Japan Kenta Yamashita
Oreca 07 M 179 +10 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
11 LMP2 47 Italy Cetilar Racing Italy Andrea Belicchi
Italy Roberto Lacorte
Italy Girogio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217 M 178 +11 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
12 LMP2 21 United States DragonSpeed United States Colin Braun
United Kingdom Ben Hanley
Sweden Henrik Hedman
Oreca 07 M 177 +12 Laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
13 LMGTE Pro 95 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Denmark Marco Sørensen
Denmark Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMR M 173 +16 Lapsdouble-dagger
Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8
14 LMGTE Pro 92 Germany Porsche GT Team Denmark Michael Christensen
France Kévin Estre
Porsche 911 RSR-19 M 172 +17 Laps
Porsche 4.2 L Flat-6
15 LMGTE Pro 51 Italy AF Corse United Kingdom James Calado
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 172 +17 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
16 LMGTE Pro 97 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing United Kingdom Alex Lynn
Belgium Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Vantage AMR M 172 +17 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8
17 LMGTE Pro 71 Italy AF Corse Spain Miguel Molina
Italy Davide Rigon
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 172 +17 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
18 LMGTE Pro 63 United States Corvette Racing Denmark Jan Magnussen
Germany Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R M 170 +19 Laps
Chevrolet 5.5 L V8
19 LMGTE Am 90 United Kingdom TF Sport United Kingdom Jonathan Adam
Republic of Ireland Charlie Eastwood
Turkey Salih Yoluç
Aston Martin Vantage AMR M 170 +19 Lapsdouble-dagger
Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8
20 LMGTE Am 98 United Kingdom Aston Martin Racing Canada Paul Dalla Lana
United Kingdom Ross Gunn
United Kingdom Darren Turner
Aston Martin Vantage AMR M 170 +19 Laps
Aston Martin 4.0 L Turbo V8
21 LMGTE Pro 91 Germany Porsche GT Team Italy Gianmaria Bruni
Austria Richard Lietz
Porsche 911 RSR-19 M 170 +19 Laps
Porsche 4.2 L Flat-6
22 LMGTE Am 56 Germany Team Project 1 Italy Matteo Cairoli
Germany Laurents Hörr
Norway Egidio Perfetti
Porsche 911 RSR M 170 +19 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
23 LMGTE Am 83 Italy AF Corse France Emmanuel Collard
Denmark Nicklas Nielsen
France François Perrodo
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 170 +19 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
24 LMGTE Am 77 Germany Dempsey-Proton Racing Australia Matt Campbell
Italy Riccardo Pera
Germany Christian Ried
Porsche 911 RSR M 169 +20 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
25 LMGTE Am 86 United Kingdom Gulf Racing United Kingdom Ben Barker
United Kingdom Michael Wainwright
United Kingdom Andrew Watson
Porsche 911 RSR M 169 +20 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
26 LMGTE Am 54 Italy AF Corse Italy Francesco Castellacci
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
Switzerland Thomas Flohr
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 168 +21 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
27 LMGTE Am 62 United Kingdom Red River Sport United Kingdom Bonamy Grimes
United Kingdom Charles Hollings
United Kingdom Johnny Mowlem
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 168 +21 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
28 LMGTE Am 88 Germany Dempsey-Proton Racing United States Bret Curtis
Belgium Adrien de Leener
Austria Thomas Preining
Porsche 911 RSR M 168 +21 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6
29 LMGTE Am 70 Japan MR Racing Monaco Olivier Beretta
Japan Kei Cozzolino
Japan Motoaki Ishikawa
Ferrari 488 GTE Evo M 168 +21 Laps
Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8
30 LMGTE Am 57 Germany Team Project 1 Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Brazil Felipe Fraga
United States Ben Keating
Porsche 911 RSR M 160 +29 Laps
Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6

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