FIAWEC | Porsche dominates 6 Hours of Nurburgring

FIA WEC | 2015 World Endurance Championship

Nurburgring 6 Hours (Race)

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News

In a dominant show of precision and performance, Porsche notched up another victory in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship by winning the 6 Hours of Nurburgring race in Germany. The number 18 Porsche crossed the finish to take the win at their home event.

Race

By incorporating a high downforce aero package, the number 18 Porsche 919 made a blistering start to open up a commanding lead although the two Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars maintained pressure  throughout the early stages of the race.

The battle of the two Porsche at the front of the field was thrown into dismay at the mid-point of the race when the 18 Porsche was called into pit-lane to serve three stop go penalties for breaking the strict FIA WEC fuel restriction rule. With a 1.35sec penalty served across the three stopages plus their pit-lane transit times, the hope of Dumas/Jani/Lieb achieving a podium finish looked grim.

With the hours ticking down, the crowd during the final segment of the race stood on their feet as they watched some of the closest LMP1 racing this year. It was electrifying with only a few tenths of a second covering the three leading cars. The Number 7 and 8 Audi’s continued to pressure Bernhard/Webber/Hartley in the number 18 919 Porsche for the lead but they managed to hold on to cross the line in first place in front of 62,000 excited German fans.

Winning for the first time with Porsche, Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley finished 1 lap in front of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb in the number 18 919 Porsche after they fought their way past the Audi’s. In third position was the number 7 Audi R-18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoît Treluyer.

LMP2 Category

Le Mans winner Nick Tandy brought home his number 7 KCMG Oreca in first position to finish only 1:11.445 in front of Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal and Sam Bird in the G-Drive Ligier and one lap in front of the other G-Drive car driven by Gustavo Yacamán, Luis Felipe Derani and Ricardo Gonzalez.

GTE Category

Not to break with tradition, the GTE class once again proved an exciting race with Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin fighting for control of the race. In the end Porsche were too strong for the field with Team Manthey taking first and second place. The number 71 AF Corse Ferrari 458 managed to take the final podium spot in third whilst continuing to maintain the lead in the GTE Pro Team Trophy.

Drivers Championship

1st Lotterer A. 95 Points

2nd TRÉLUYER B. 95 Points

3rd FÄSSLER M. 95 Points

Manufacturer Championship

1st Porsche 184 Points

2nd Audi 151 Points

3rd Toyota 89 Points

LMP 1 Championship

1st Rebellion Racing 54 Points

2nd Rebellion Racing 50 Points

3rd Team Bykolles 25 Points

Next Round

The next FIAWEC race will be the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas on 19th September, 2015.

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