The first hour of the Six Hours of Mexico was action-packed right from the start, with many of the class’ orders being shuffled in the first 60 seconds. However, coming up to the first hour, GTE Pro was being lead by the pole-sitters not the #95 Aston driven by Nicki Thiim.
The Aston Martins still dominated at the end of the hour, with the #95 and #97 holding their 1-2 positions. The Fords didn’t have the same luck, with the #66 having an early spin off the track, dropping it to the back of the gird. But the car sustained no damage, so was able to carry on. The #77 Porsche sat comfortably in third, with the two AF Corse Ferrari’s rounding out the back of the runners, lacking the pace of their competitors.
Coming up to the half way mark, GTE Pro was relatively calm and quiet at the front with the two Aston Martins leading by over a minute. However, the battle for third was heating up, as the #67 Ford had to defend hard from the Dempsey Proton Porsche tight up until the second set of stops.
After both cars pitted, it was Michael Christensen in the Dempsey Porsche that appeared out in front of the Ford, and created a gap of eight seconds over the chasing Andy Priaulx who got in after Tincknell.
At the halfway mark, Aston Martin Racing had dominated the class so far, with the pair of Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTEs running 1-2. Nicki Thiim in the #95 car lead the category with the #97 car 7 seconds off but in a comfortable second. The #77 Porsche got back into third for the final podium position, but was 07 seconds behind the #97 car.
Coming into the fourth hour the order in the class had not changed, Aston Martin continued to lead with a 1-2. The #77 Porsche was still in third but still trailed the Astons by a significant margin, with the #67 Ford starting to lose touch with the Porsche and its threat to the bottom of the podium.
Late in the fourth hour the rain began to fall, but the leading Aston Martin still showed there dominance, Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway drove perfect stints and didn’t put a wheel wrong, as they held off the charging #51 Ferrari, which took the race down to the wire after the Ferrari gained a lot of time in the wet conditions. The #97 Aston Martin lost touch with the lead car, but still held on to third. The #77 Porsche was in fourth.
It was Aston Martin Racing with Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway in the #97 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE that took the win at Mexico, the teams first win in over a year, with a dominant performance right from the start. The team ran 1-2 for most of the race, with the #95 car – the pole sitter – falling away at the end of the race after a crash early on. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE finished second after a massive turn in pace in the later stages of the race, challenging the #97 Aston for the win. The #95 Aston finished third, after recovering from a crash shortly after losing the lead, which had dropped the car significantly down the field. The #71 Ferrari finished fourth after struggling early on, the Ford’s had a race to forget, with the highest-placed Ford- the #67 car – finishing in fifth. It was an even worse race for the #66 ford, which finished last and 20 laps down after a series of problems.