NOV 20 2017 All Articles

Three time Le Mans winners bid a fond farewell to the WEC

Freshly crowned world champion drivers Drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) finished second in what was an incident filled and highly emotional 2017 finale.

This year’s Le Mans winners dropped behind after an early incident but impressively fought back. The sister car, shared by Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy started from pole position but also suffered a set-back after a collision and a subsequent penalty. Lotterer clocked the fastest race lap and finished in third position after six hours of racing. With this race one of the most successful chapters of Porsche’s motorsport history comes to an end.

Last WEC outing for Porsche

From 2015 to date, the Porsche LMP Team took three consecutive Le Mans outright victories

plus three successive manufacturers’ world championship titles while Porsche 919 Hybrid

drivers won the drivers’ world championship title on three occasions. Since the 919’s debut in 2014, the tally from 34 races is 17 wins with seven of them being one-two victories.

27-year old Bamber said: “It was a real pleasure today as it has been for me throughout the 919 programme. Porsche came up with the crazy idea of putting a little guy from the Carrera Cup in the 919 Hybrid for Le Mans. So, I must thank everyone at Porsche who believed in the pyramid system which gave me that opportunity.”

New F1 driver Brendon Hartley has a lot to be happy about after a stunning year in his racing career

28-year-old Hartley added: “It is good to have both cars on the podium today but it is mixed emotions. I’m honoured having been part of this programme and I will miss it.” Hartley now has a full Formula One season to look forward to as the new driver for the Toro Rosso team.