The WEC paid a stunning tribute to Audi’s contribution to endurance racing ahead of their last ever race by allowing both cars to lead the field around the first formation lap.

The two R18s took pride of place at the front of the pack along with the Audi R8 safety car, which is also being used for the last time. Such is the family atmosphere in the WEC paddock race director Eduardo Freitas gave a touching goodbye over the radio. Wait a minute, I’ve got something in my eye.

It’s not the first time the WEC has done something like this – nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen was given a similar honour for his last race at Interlagos in 2013.

It’s hard to imagine many other racing series paying tribute to their competitors in such a way, so well done to the WEC! We’ll take the feels over protocol every time.