31 Jul 2016 — Lorenzo De Ciutiis held the WEP1 class lead for four laps in a run to sixth place in the Nuerburg Multiclass in Round 4 of the 2016 World Endurance Championship series.
Driving the Porsche 919 Hybrid, De Ciutiis swapped leads multiple rounds with Gergely Kovács in a determined battle for fifth from the beginning, passing each other three times over a stretch of nine laps. De Ciutiis spent the majority leading Kovács after challenging and passing him on the second lap, coming from as many as three places back. After losing the spot on lap 16, De Ciutiis got around Kovács for the second time and into fifth place on lap 17, and kept it another couple laps toward the checkered flag before retiring early due to dnf trouble.
De Ciutiis is 13th in the WEP1 class standings for the series. He has one start and led four of his 19 laps raced while finishing as high as sixth.
2016 World Endurance Championship series moves on to Round 5 in more than a month at Hermanos Rodriguez. The series has 53 drivers competing for points in the multiclass championships.
John Van Der Geest leads the WEP1 class championship in a tight campaign over Carl Middleton, separated by just a handful of finishing positions. The title continues to be challenged by Alan Rasman, Tobias Mueller, Paul Anstey, Michele Boffelli, Veli KILIC, Diogo Velosa, Dan Long, Erik Czakoi, Gergely Kovács, Victor Jimenez, Lorenzo De Ciutiis, Sam Hill, Jari Bruppacher, and Americo Martins as well. The Top 5 places are an open battleground for 16 drivers in the running with five races remaining.
Fahn Thomas leads the WEGTE class championship. The title continues to be challenged by Jerry Chen, Paulo Tempera, Barrett Erickson, Joe Brown, Ahmet Demircan, Bas Zwartenbol, Mark Carty, Brian Fairley, Nigel Middleton, Sam Hill, Istvan Toth, Zack Paine, Marcelo Aiello, Alison Valassa, Eric Moinet, Melih Cakmakli, Martin Vindis, Juan M Bento, Marco Capacci, Luis Galvez, Guillaume Mas, Darien Bailey, Ramon Llupart, and Matteo Tolari. The Top 5 places are an open battleground for 25 drivers in the running with five races remaining.
Alex Freitas leads the WEP2 class championship in a tight campaign over Mike Erickson, separated by just a few finishing positions. The title continues to be challenged by Toni Talvitie, Ken Jagger, Alison Valassa, Jesus Chirinos, Thiago Canola, Juanma Martín, Porfirio Dias Santos, Bruno Chacon, Teodor Ivanov, Luke Mason, Kyle Swanepoel, and Joao Botelho De Sousa as well. The Top 5 places are an open field for 14 drivers in the running with five races remaining.