Porsche secured back-to-back WEC manufacturer world titles today after cruising to an impressive victory in the 6 Hours of Shanghai in China.
The trio of Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber and Timo Bernhardt started from pole and steered their no. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid to first place.
They completed 195 laps as they cruised all the way to the chequered flag. The result earned them their fourth triumph of the season and it helped the German outfit seal with 2016 WEC Manufacturers Championship with one round still to go this season.
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, commented:
“This big success was only possible thanks to a great team effort. Mechanics, engineers and drivers and many more people behind the scenes were fighting hard for this, and have now been rewarded for the second time after 2015.
“This doesn’t prove only the 919 Hybrid’s potential, but also the excellence of the team. I want to thank everybody from my heart.”
Joining the victorious Porsche drivers on the Shanghai podium were the two teams of Toyota Gazoo Racing.
The no. 6 TS050 Hybrid of Kamui Kobayashi, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway finished a distant second 59.785 seconds behind the winners. Teammates Kazuki Nakajima, Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi in the no. 5 Toyota Hybrid were third, completing the race one minute 06.038 seconds back.
Porsche’s second car, the no. 2 featuring Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas, were classified fourth. The R18s of Audi Sport Team Joest were fifth and sixth both overall and in the LMP1 category.
In the LMP2 class, G-Drive Racing featuring Will Stevens, Alex Brundle and Roman Rusinov in the cockpit of an Oreco 05 Nissan took first place.
In the Le Mans Grand Touring Endurance Professional (LMGTE Pro), Ford Chip Ganassi Team with Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx at the wheel claimed the win in their Ford GT.
In the LMGTE Am class, Aston Martin Racing topped the list. Mathias Lauda, Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy were competing in an Aston Matin Vantage V8 car.
The WEC field now heads to a highly anticipated season finale in Bahrain, which is only 10 days away. It will be held as part of the first-ever Bahrain Motorsport Festival at Bahrain International Circuit from November 17 to 19.