On May 02, 2015 the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps took place. The Porsche Team was looking forward to having its first three-car line-up, as it has entered a third 919 Hybrid prototype. The third car was raced by Formula One driver Nico Hülkenberg (Germany), Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain). Driving car No 19, the crew took advantage of the 6-hour race to prepare for the Le Mans 24 hours in June.
After an action packed six-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps, the trio of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) (car number 18) came second at round two of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). This is a repeat of the season’s opening race in Silverstone.
Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) (car number 17) had started from pole position, dropped back due to a penalty and a technical failure: Just before Hartley was due to hand over the car to Bernhard after 23 laps, he locked the brakes before the bus stop chicane and used the escape road to get back onto the track. He was given a 15 second stop and go penalty, which saw the car drop back to second place, before a damper change during the driver change to Webber after 47 laps cost even more time. But they fought their way back to finish third.
The third Porsche 919 Hybrid with Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Formula One driver Nico Hülkenberg (Germany) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) (car number 19), started second but lost ground because of an accident: On lap seven a misunderstanding led to an accident with one of the works Porsche 911 RSRs, and required a stop for repairs. They recovered after dropping to the back of the field to finished sixth.
DMG MORI and Porsche
Since 2014 DMG MORI is the exclusive Premium-Partner of the Porsche team in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Under the motto „Mission 2014. Our Return.“ Porsche returned after 16 years of absence to the LMP1-class of the FIA WEC. For 2015 more podium finishes are the aim for the future of the Porsche 919 Hybrid. DMG MORI supports Porsche as technology partner also in the season 2015. The partnership between DMG MORI and Porsche bring their shared values of tradition, precision and technological leadership with a global presence to the fore once again and prove that DMG MORI is a reliable partner.