Ferrari has dominated the GTE-Pro class the 6 Hours of the Nürburgring, the fourth race of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. A 1-2 victory for the Maranello brand in a race highlighted by thrilling battles between Ferrari, Ford and Aston Martin for class supremacy.
Class win went to Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado at the wheel of the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE. Their first victory for the AF Corse drivers in this season's FIA WEC.
Their team-mates Sam Bird and Davide Rigon were second in GTE-Pro sharing the sister #71 Ferrari 488 GTE.
The GTE-Pro podium was completed by Aston Martin Racing drivers Nick Thiim and Marco Sorenssen with the Young Driver AMR run #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK narrowly missed the podium as Olivier Pla and Stefan Mucke were fourth at the wheel of the #66 Ford GT.
Aston Martin's Darren Turner and Richie Stannaway ended the German event in fifth place in class with the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
The semi-works Porsche 911 RSR from Dempsey Proton Racing was sixth. The #67 Ford GT ended the event in seventh place, the car caught fire in the opening stages of the race and lost many laps to the leaders.
The GTE-Am class was an Aston Martin Racing affair. Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy dominated the event with their #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE.
KCMG was second in class with the #78 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Wolf Henzler, Joel Camathias and Christian Ried.
AF Corse completed the top-three in GTE-Am with the #83 Ferrari 458 Italia in the hands of François Perodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas.
The #88 Porsche 911 RSR from Abu Dhabi Proton Racing had a severe contact with the factory #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Porsche on Porsche and into the gravel goes one of the class leaders! #6hNurburgring https://t.co/UDdxaebwAl— FS1 (@FS1) July 24, 2016
The next event in FIA World Endurance Championship is the 6 Hours of Mexico, September 3rd.
Photo: Ferrari / Aston Martin