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201523 Sep

Porsche-Texas-Win

Drivers Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS)

 

This weekend in Austin, Texas (USA) the Porsche 919 Hybrid achieved its third World Endurance Championship race win in a row. Drivers Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS) won the six-hour race in the Texan capital. The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (FR) and Marc Lieb (DE) was leading for a long time, but after a technical problem the car only finished fifth in its class.

 

Austin brought the fourth victory in total for the Porsche 919 Hybrid after its maiden win at Interlagos in 2014, and Le Mans and Nurburgring in 2015. With its success in the heat of the night at the Circuit of the Americas, Porsche extended its lead in the manufacturers’ standings in the World Championship with 220 points ahead of Audi (184).

 

On the demanding, 5.5 km long race circuit, Mark Webber (car number 17) took the lead from his team-mate and pole position-setter Neel Jani (car number 18) right after the start. The number 17 car stayed in the lead for the first 116 of the 185 race laps until it lost it to the sister car following a 60 second ‘Stop and Go’ penalty. The number 18 car was able to defend the lead until 35 minutes before the chequered flag. A problem with the 12 volt on-board circuit caused a long pit stop. Nevertheless a one-two in qualifying, the fastest race lap (1:47.436 min by Brendon Hartley on lap 118) and another win again proved the potential of the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

 

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