Porsche driven by Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard wins Nurburgring six hours endurance race.
NURBURGRING, GERMANY (AUGUST 30, 2015)(INFRONT/SOCIETE SPORTIVE PROFESSIONNELLE DE L’AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE L’OUEST SAS AND LE MANS ENDURANCE MANAGEMENT SAS) – The Porsche Team dominated on home soil at the Nurburgring on Sunday (August 30) as the No.17 Porsche 919 Hybrid car driven by Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley secured their first World Endurance Championship victory. They won the six hour race by over a lap ahead of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas in the Porsche No. 18 car.
It was the second consecutive WEC win for Porsche after Nico Hulkenberg, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy won at Le Mans in June.
The No.17 Porsche fought back from a long early pit stop when they had to replace their front bodywork. The Australian-German-New Zealand trio of drivers stamped their authority on the race to take the chequered flag after Lieb, Jani and Dumas lost time after serving three penalties for exceeding the fuel allowance on the car. An engine sensor that controls the fuel flow had failed on the No.18 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
After the first stop/go penalty, Lieb was in a close fight with Webber, which briefly saw the cars touching at turn two. But they lost ground after the two longer penalties of 30-seconds and 60-seconds respectively.
Jani took part in a battle with both of the Audi R18 etron quattros in the final hour as he attempted to climb up in to second position.
Andre Lotterer in the Audi R18 etron quattro No.7 overtook Lucas Di Grassi in the Audi No.8 for third place in the final moments of the race.
The reigning champions – Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi in the Toyota TS 040 – finished in fifth place, ahead of the number two crew of Stephane Sarrazin, Alex Wurz and Mike Conway.
Speaking after the win, Webber said it was a good day for Porsche.
“Brendon and Timo drove really well and made it a nice smooth day for us. It was nice the 17 car ran smooth all day. Eighteen a phenomenal comeback to come back after all the penalties they had, which we need to understand. Of course the team was not deliberately burning fuel, it was just an issue somewhere, So yeah, a very good day. I mean to get my first Porsche win is very nice and put a huge amount of effort in, the whole team to win on their home track,” said the Australian.
In the overall driver’s standings, Silverstone and Spa winners Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer lead with 95 points after four rounds. Webber, Hartley and Bernhard are in second place with 78 points. Lieb, Jani and Dumas are two points behind in third place.
Porsche also claimed victory and second place in the LMGTE Pro class.
Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen of Porsche Team Manthey claimed a one lap win over the sister 911 driven by Patrick Pilet and Fred Makowiecki.
RESULT – 203 LAPS:
Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 6h01m16.966s
2 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1 Lap
3 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1 Lap
4 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1 Lap
5 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 3 Laps
6 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 4 Laps
7 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Tandy KCMG