Aston Martin Racing wins GTE-Pro at 6 Hours of Mexico

Aston Martin Racing dominated the GTE-Pro class at the 6 Hours of Mexico, round four of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. A first victory for the British brand in this year's competition and the first ever one for Dunlop in FIA WEC's GTE-Pro. 

The winning #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was shared by Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway. The two drivers started from position two on the grid and had a very solid race. They took the class lead with two hours to go and crossed the line victorious.

Second place went to Ferrari's Gianmaria Bruni and James Calado at the wheel of the AF Corse run #51 Ferrari 488 GTE. The car struggled in the first half of the 6-hour event but bounced back in the closing stages.

The GTE-Pro podium was completed by Nick Thiim and Marco Sørensen sharing the #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The "Danish" Aston started from pole position and was strongly leading the Mexican but had an accident with two hours left.

Davide Rigon and Sam Bird were fourth with the AF Corse #71 Ferrari 488 GTE. Marino Franchitti, Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell were fifth with the #67 Ford GT from Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK. Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen were sixth with the Dempsey Proton Racing #77 Porsche 911 RSR.

A weekend to forget for Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla. The drivers of the #66 Ford GT had a frustrating event in Mexico and finished the race down in seventh place in class.

Victory in the GTE-Am class went to Porsche. Khaled Al Qubaisi, David Heinemeier Hansson  and Patrick Long shared the winning #88 Porsche 911 RSR from Abu Dhabi Proton Racing.

Second place went to the AF Corse #83 Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Rui Aguas, François Perodo and Emmanuel Collard.

Wolf Henzler, Joel Camathias and Christian Ried completed the top-three in GTE-Am driving the #78 Porsche 911 RSR from KCMG.

The Gulf Racing #86 Porsche 911 RSR was fourth. The Aston Martin Racing #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE and the Larbre Competition #50 Corvette C7.R did not finish the event and were forced to retire after two crashes.

The next round of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be held at the Circuit of the Americas.

Photos: FIA WEC