Porsche has concluded the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain by taking the sixth consecutive race win this year. For Porsche a perfect season has come to an end: They took the overall victory at the 24 Hours in Le Mans, won the Manufacturers’ World Championship title at the penultimate round in Shanghai – and now have been crowned the drivers’ World Champions too.
After a very successful season the race was even more exciting than expected because of a long repair stop right after the start of the race. The eighth and final WEC round was a thriller. Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS) had started with a 13-point lead ahead of the best placed Audi trio. Given the great season Porsche had had so far, it looked possible to win the drivers’ title in Bahrain. But half an hour into the race the number 17 car had to come into the pits for a long repair stop. The mechanics fix an engine actuator problem in 8 minutes 43 seconds. Timo rejoins the race four and a half laps behind the leader. After that, the trio had to go flat out to catch up from the very back of the pack, and eventually they finished fifth. It was the sister car with Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) that took the lead and the crucial points away from the Audi ) and took their long awaited first race win this season with the second Porsche 919 Hybrid.
For Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber fifth place in the six-hour race was enough to win the drivers’ world championship. Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb took their long awaited first race win this season with the second Porsche 919 Hybrid. The eighth and final WEC round was a thriller, and this also applied to the drivers’ championship battle.
Matthias Müller, Chairman of the board of Management, Volkswagen AG: “I am very happy about the Porsche Team’s great sporting success here in Bahrain, and I’d like to congratulate Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Weber for the drivers’ title.
The World Endurance Championship’s ground-braking regulations allows both of the group’s brands – Audi and Porsche – to test and develop future technologies for road going cars. Motorsport was and remains an important tool within the Volkswagen Group.”