Having posted the fastest GTE Am class times in two out of the three Free Practice sessions before going on to securing the class pole yesterday, all looked good for the Northwest squad leading into the event this afternoon.
Team Platinum driver Pedro Lamy would again start the race for the #98 on what was then a dry track following light rain overnight but with a distinct possibility of further significant rainfall at some point during the race.
Indeed, as the first sprinklings of rain were being detected at the circuit, Lamy used all of his experience to outmanoeuvre Castellacci coming out of Luffield and onto the National Straight by allowing two overtaking LMP2's to box the #54.
At the first scheduled full service pit stop, an unfortunate mechanic was lucky not to hurt himself nor delay the car when he stumbled and fell in the pit lane whilst recovering a used wheel just taken from the car.
The pattern of 'on the hour' pit stops continued to cycle through as Dalla Lana handed the car over to Mathias Lauda and who then handed back again to Dalla Lana but the cars overall lead was soon to diminished with a further Full Course Yellow that then lead into a Safety Car following an incident with an LMP1 with just under two hours remaining.
Further bands of light showery rain continued to pass over the Northamptonshire circuit, leading to periods of extreme caution out on track - two minute lap times soon went out to as much as two minutes and thirty seconds!
Finishing the final lap after what already had been an eventful championship opener Lamy was coming into Stowe corner for the last time to claim what looked to be an obvious class win when the totally unexpected happened.
The #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari clearly thought that its second position in their first WEC event was no longer good enough and launch a wholly non viable overtake attempt the long way around of the #98, clipping the Aston in the process and launching both cars into a spin.
Narrowly missing the two spinning cars, Griffin's #61 Ferrari managed to squeeze his car through to claim a totally unexpected AM class win with a battered and bruised #98 thankfully being able to recover to cross the line to in second. The #54 Ferrari failed to finish and was not classified.
The next round of the 2017 World Endurance Championship is from the Spa Francorchamps circuit in just three weeks time - a race that is regularly used as a full dress rehearsal for the Le Mans 24hr just a month later.
Photo credit (podium) - Adrenal Media