At the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, the Weissach, Germany-based team’s Porsche 919 Hybrids achieved a dominant one-two victory.
#2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Hartley, Bernhard and Bamber leads the #1 car of Jani, Lotterer and Tandy
The championship leading Le Mans winners, kiwis Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley and Gernmany’s Timo Bernhard, took the chequered flag ahead of their teammates Neel Jani (Switzerland), André Lotterer (Germany) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain). Against all predictions, the weather stayed dry during the six-hour event and allowed straight racing with a pure result. The two Porsche 919 Hybrids lapped the competition provided by Toyota while Hartley set the fastest race lap.
Changing of the guard
Since the beginning of the 2014 season, the Porsche 919 Hybrid has competed in 30 races, achieving 17 pole positions, 16 race wins – including six one-two victories – and ten fastest race laps. For 2017, the team is aiming to achieve a third consecutive world championship title for manufacturers and drivers.
Bernhard, Bamber and Hartley celebrate their win
Porsche has now scored 198 points in the manufacturers’ world championship with Toyota on 141.5 points. In the drivers’ rankings, Bamber/Bernhard/Hartley (134 points) have extended their lead over the best placed Toyota trio to 41 points.