Stuttgart. By winning the fourth race in a row, Porsche took an important step in the battle for the World Endurance Championship (WEC). The ground-breaking Porsche 919 Hybrid with the number 17 won the six-hour race. The sister car with the number 18 came second and secured another one-two result for Porsche, that holds the Le Mans winning record. The WEC is considered one of the most important World Championships in motorsport besides Formula One.
A curtain of dark clouds hid Mount Fuji when the 31-strong field took off on the formation lap. Because the 4.549-kilometre tradition-steeped racetrack at the foot of Japan’s sacred mountain was still under water after rainfall overnight, the field spent 17 laps under yellow behind the safety carboefore the green flag was finally given.
By winning the fourth race in a row with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the Porsche Team took an important step forward in the battle for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and now leads both the manufacturers’ and the drivers’ standings. Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) won on the Fuji Speedway in the Japanese Alps under tricky weather conditions. Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) came second in the six-hour race. With this one-two result – the third one including the Le Mans 24 Hours – Porsche significantly extended its lead in the manufacturers’ standings. In the drivers’ championship the Porsche trio of Bernhard/Hartley/Webber is now leading by one point.