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Spring is here and for the world’s auto racing teams that only means one thing: race season.

Our sponsored team. Signatech Alpine, have spent winter in development centres and test circuits, but now they’re ready to put their latest endurance model, the A460 on the track.

The FIA World Endurance Championships are back and started with a bang last Saturday. 33 of the world’s best racing teams gathered in Silverstone to put their vehicles to the test.

And what a weekend of racing it was. Sun glistened off the polished cars as drivers, mechanics and spectators felt the tension build way before the race even began.

Fresh faces at Signatech Alpine

The six hour race at Silverstone not only marked the start of the World Endurance Championships, it was also the debut of some new members of the Signatech Alpine team.

David Cheng, one of the new drivers, said “becoming a two-car team is so beneficial. The relationship between the teams will help us to progress faster, during a race weekend and throughout the season.”

His new team-mate, Ho-Pin Tung, also commented that although “the Alpine A460 is a new car, we have already tested it over many kilometres in training. We are totally prepared for the challenge that awaits the team at Silverstone.”

Before the race Alpine CEO Bernard Olivier said “I am looking forward to the start of the season. Our team looked great on the Paul Ricard circuit and I think we have the right ingredients to succeed on the worldwide stage.”

Perhaps the most anticipated new face for the team was their new A460 model which has evolved from the winning A450b model. Silverstone marked the first time that this new, improved vehicle would take to any track and everyone was intrigued to see how it would perform under real race conditions. 

Phillipe Sinault, senior team member of Signatech Alpine, said “the season is going to start on a circuit where drivers can’t hide. I believe our crew will find a playground that will let them shine.”

Here is one of the cars before the new team strapped in to the cockpit.

The race

The tension was palpable as the drivers lined up and Patrick Dempsey waved the flag on the Silverstone leg of the WEC. The Signatech Alpine team held their own and managed to avoid the Porsche crash in the first hour that knocked one half of the Porsche cars out of the race.

It was a tight competition in the LMP1 section as the battle between Porsche and Audi quickly emerged as the frontrunners, with the Porsche team winning after Audi’s disqualification. Signatech Alpine was looking great on the course with Menezes, Lapierre and Richelmi performing well alongside Tung, Panciatici and Cheng.

The LMP2 category was another tight race with Strakka coming out on top, followed by Manor and Signatech Alpine in third.

It was a great day for the team and an exhilarating race that showed the potential of the sleek new A460 model. As Gustavo Menezes said “I do not see why we can’t put ourselves in the mind-set to win the championship."

Check the below video for full highlights from the 2016 race: