Porsche’s LMP1 Manufacturer Championship lead has increased over the weekend after taking an impressive 1-2 result at the famous Nüburgring in Germany.
The massive 62,000 strong crowd witnessed the local manufacturer, Porsche, take a 1-2 not only overall, but also in the LMPGTE class.
The maiden win for Hartley, Webber and Bernard sits them just 17 points behind, Lotterer, Fassler and Treluyer in the hunt for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Driver’s Championship.
The #17 Porsche 919 had a big task ahead of them after damage forced them to replace the front body work in a long, unscheduled pit stop. This didn’t stop the Kiwi, Aussie and German team of drivers showing their pace and capitalising on the penalties of the No.18 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas, for exceeding the fuel allowance due to an engine sensor issue.
After the first stop and go penalty for the #18 Porsche 919 the gap between Lieb in the #18 and #17 of Webber diminished and resulted in a close battle between them, touching briefly at turn two. Although the remaining penalties for the #18 car ended the battle and left them with no hope of victory.
The amazing recovery drive from Marc Lieb and Neel Jani in the #18 Porsche saw Lieb take part in a ‘thrilling’ battle battle with both the Audi R18 etron quattro’s in the final stages of the race in the chase for the second position.
The final set of pit stops settled the battle between the Porsche and Audi, allowing Lieb to fight off Lucas Di Grassi and Andre Lotterer in the Audi R18 etron quattro’s. Lotterer eventually taking third, maintaining the teams 100% podium record.
The next stop on the FIA WEC Series calendar is the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Texas.