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The Latest stage of FIA World Endurance Championship took teams to the Lone Star State of Texas and the 1,500 acres of rolling hills that contain the 3.41-mile Circuit of the Americas. The venue is designed to challenge the best of motorsport and with a 133-foot hill at Turn 1, it was apparent from the start that this would a tough 6 hours for pilots and a spectacle for fans of endurance racing.

The LMP2 category saw the #36 team of Lapierre, Menezes and Negrão take America by storm, by establishing a commanding lead early on that allowed the team to take the top spot in their class.

Nicolas Lapierre was the first to pilot the number #36 and exhibited an expertise that when combined with Menezes and Negrão’s spectacular runs, gave the team the right conditions to cruise to an easy victory.

However, things become much more tense within the final 10 minutes as Signatech Alpine were forced to take an eighth pit stop by race control due to a failing left brake light. This malfunction forced the pit crew to change the rear section of the car.

Despite the unplanned stop, the #36 car still managed to cruise their way to 1st place which they impressively managed to maintained from lights to flag. Their lead on any of the LMP2 competition was so great that only a major car fault could have stopped from crossing the line. In the end, the Signatech Alpine tactics proved too much for their rivals and they secured a win with a 30 second lead.

The #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing team still lead the LMP2 Championship, but after some weaker results, the once commanding points lead is becoming smaller and smaller. Currently they lead with 130 points while Vaillante Rebellion are close behind in 2nd with 110 points. Signatech Alpine currently round out the top 3 with 102 points and if they can maintain the spectacular form displayed in the previous two races, then we could see the team walk away with the LMP2 Championship trophy for the second year in a row.

The 2017 FIA World Ensurance Championship is now entering the final third with only 3 races remaining. The next stop for our pilots is Japan and the 6 Hours of Fuji on October 13th where pilots will race around the foothills at the foot of Mt Fuji, each one eager to secure first place on the podium.