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201502 Sep

Porsche-919-WEC

 

The Porsche Team claimed a one-two result in front of a great crowd at the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Nurburgring, Germany, this weekend.

 

The trio of Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) won the six-hour race in temperatures of more than 30 degrees Celsius. Right behind them the sister Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) took second-place. Over the weekend, 62,000 people created a fantastic backdrop for the first German WEC race.

 

After the maiden victory of the Porsche 919 Hybrid at last year’s finale in Brazil and the recent one-two result at Le Mans in 2015, this is the third major success for the young team and the LMP1 race car with its ground-breaking hybrid technology. For the driver line-up, which includes former Formula One driver Mark Webber, it is the first and long hoped for WEC race win. With this dream result Porsche has extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ World Championship and is now lying 33 points ahead of Audi and 95 ahead of Toyota.

 

With the relatively short and twisty 5.137 kilometre long circuit and the numerous class categories going at different speeds, the race was action-packed with thrilling lapping and overtaking manoeuvres. The journey taken by the Dumas/Jani/Lieb car en route to second was full of stories. After starting from pole, they lost the lead in the first half of the race because of long ‘stop-and-go’ penalties after a technical problem. While the team usually changed drivers at every fuel stop at the Nürburgring, Neel Jani stayed in the car for 76 laps, which was two and a half ‘stints’ (a stint being typical distance between pit stops). It was also Jani who recorded the fastest race lap at the Nurburgring with a time of 1:37.955 minutes.

 

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