6H Monza: Hypercar drama as United Autosports assert LMP2 dominance at fourth hour

Glickenhaus Racing (briefly) leads after four hours of intense racing at the 6 Hours of Monza, Round 3 of the FIA WEC Season 9 calendar.

2H REPORT – 6H Monza: Bittersweet for Toyota with race lead and troubles into 2-hour mark

It was a dramatic entry into the third hour as the GTE-Am leader Ben Keating in the #33 TF Sport suffered a high speed puncture which got him back into the pit garage.

A safety car that lasted almost 20 minutes was deployed to clean up the debris that was dispersed onto the Curva del Serraglio.

It also emerged how the #60 Iron Lynx joined back with 58 laps behind the leading #7 Toyota.

In GTE-Pro, Porsche’s Neel Jani was fighting with the #51 AF Corse Ferrari for the lead at the 2 hour and 21 minute mark.

In a duel including his teammate Richard Lietz in the sister works Porsche, he lost two positions against Lietz and Calado after a poor exit from the first chicane.

As for the already troublesome #8 Toyota which had its front left corner replaced (not just bodywork), it was seen going slow and entered the pit garage for the fourth time in this race. This was down to a fuel pressure issue.

Equally so, the debuting #708 has encountered further issues and entered the pit garage just before the halfway point.

Hypercars did initiate an ongoing battle for second place overall as the #36 Alpine Elf Matmut of Matthieu Vaxiviere was being chased by Franck Mailleux who is a Glickenhaus regular at their Nurburgring 24 Hours outings.

He made his first WEC appearance since the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours in an LMP2.

Fabio Scherer got into the #22 United Autosports having last raced it in May, after missing Portimao. He asserted strong pace to extend a confident lead in the LMP2 category.

The #38 JOTA of reigning Formula E champion Antonio Felix Da Costa then pitted their car into the garage.

In GTE-Am, the home hero AF Corse teams were trailing the leader #86 with the #83, the #61 and the #54.

At three hours and 38 minutes into the race, the #708 debuting Glickenhaus officially retired due to gearbox issues.

Just after the fourth hour, it was drama for the Hypercar category as Kamui Kobayashi of the #7 briefly pulled over to perform a power cycle reset, enabling the#709 of Romain Dumas to lead for the first time in a SCG 007 LMH.

Then they shortly pitted to change the front brakes, giving the lead back and falling into the LMP2 field.

Meanwhile United Autosports are dominating in LMP2 with a strong double-stint running from Scherer.

OVERALL POSITION TEAM
1 #709 Glickenhaus Racing [HYPERCAR]
2 #7 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
3 #36 Alpine Elf Matmut [HYPERCAR]
4 #22 United Autosports [LMP2]
5 #31 Team WRT [LMP2]
6
#29 Racing Team Nederland (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
7
#34 Inter Europol Competition (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
8 #1 Richard Mille Racing [LMP2]
9 #28 JOTA [LMP2]
10 #21 DragonSpeed USA (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
11 #70 Realteam Racing (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
12 #20 High Class Racing [LMP2]
13 #82 Risi Competizione [LMP2]
14 #44 ARC Bratislava (Pro/Am) [LMP2]
15 #92 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
16 #51 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]
17 #52 AF Corse [GTE-PRO]
18 #91 Porsche GT Team [GTE-PRO]
19 #83 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
20 #777 D’station Racing [GTE-AM]
21 #56 Team Project 1 [GTE-AM]
22 #98 Aston Martin Racing [GTE-AM]
23 #86 GR Racing [GTE-AM]
24 #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]
25 #85 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]
26 #61 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
27 #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing [GTE-AM]
28 #54 AF Corse [GTE-AM]
29 #388 Rinaldi Racing [GTE-AM]
30 #46 Team Project 1 [GTE-AM]
31 #47 Cetilar Racing [GTE-AM]
32 #33 TF Sport [GTE-AM]
33 #38 JOTA [LMP2]
34 #8 Toyota GAZOO Racing [HYPERCAR]
35 #708 Glickenhaus Racing [HYPERCAR] *DNF
36 #60 Iron Lynx [GTE-AM]