WEC: Porsche Wins At Nürburgring
Porsche scored its third LMP1 victory this season for the Porsche 919 Hybrid at the Nürburgring, where reigning world champions Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber won…
Following the disappointment of Le Mans, the No1 919 Hybrid got off to a good start in Germany moving from second to third spot by overtaking the number No8 Audi. With Bernhard at the wheel, it could not however find a way past the leading No7 Audi until the first round of pit stops. Here the car moved into the lead, but under Hartley’s watch the car was overtaken by the Audi duo and once more relegated to third spot. The car’s next stop was an early one so the team could rectify a loss of tyre pressure, here Webber took over and subsequently overtook the leading Audi for P1. After a period of switching between first and second spots, Bernhard eventually took the No1 car over the line to clinch victory.
For car No2 it was Neel Jani who started, maintaining fourth spot at the beginning before a slide saw him off the track during an attempted overtake for third. With Marc Lieb behind the wheel the No2 919 Hybrid inherited the lead when the sister Porsche and the Audi duo pitted, but later into the race Lieb would make contact with one of the GT 911s causing him to pit for a new nose cone section. He also picked up a drive-through penalty for the same incident, which dropped the car back to third spot. When Jani later took over a battle with the two Audis proved thrilling, but it would be an unscheduled stop for repairs, ordered by race control, that would relegate the car to P4 come the final flag.
After an exciting six-hour race, Porsche has extended its lead in the manufacturer standings, and Dumas, Jani and Lieb continue to lead the drivers’ world championship. Webber said: “I’m very happy for Porsche winning their home race. It was an exceptional performance against strong competition. This is the day of the mechanics of car number 1 who had some tough times recently and it is good points for the constructors’ championship. We had completely different track conditions in the race than we saw before and I was very happy with the performance of our car and our driving. It was a bit of a mixed up race.”
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1 said: “It is incredible. We have won nine out of the last ten races, including the 24 hours of Le Mans twice. With this result we are going into the summer break and you cannot ask for more. I feel sorry for our number 2 car. It had the win within reach, too. But a fourth place is still a strong result. We saw a fantastic race and motorsport at it’s highest level, now we look forward to Mexico. Until then I wish all team members here and at home in Weissach a wonderful holiday.”
Race result 6 Hours of Nürburgring (GER):
|1.||Webber/Hartley/Bernhard||Porsche 919 Hybrid||194 laps|
|2.||Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis||Audi R18||194 laps|
|3.||Fassler/Lotterer||Audi R18||194 laps|
|4.||Dumas/Jani/Lieb||Porsche 919 Hybrid||194 laps|
Drivers’ World Championship after four out of nine rounds:
|2.||Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis||Audi||73 points|
Constructors’ World Championship:
The next round of WEC, the 6 hours of Mexico, takes place on 3rd September 2016.