Still basking in the glory of their 17th overall Le Mans victory just 2 months ago, Porsche continued it victorious momentum into round 4 of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the 6 hours of Nürburgring. Porsche not only claimed the top 2 steps on the P1 podium but also filled the top 2 steps on the GTE-Pro category Podium with the 911 RSR’s.
Mark Webber cruised to a dominant one-lap win of the race, following a near-flawless run for the No. 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Sister pole-sitting entry of Neel Jani led from the start but Brendon Hartley took over the lead in the second hour when the No. 18 car was hit with the first of three penalties for exceeding fuel consumption. They would later charge back through the field to claim second place.
It marked all three drivers’ first overall wins in WEC competition, while the German manufacturer’s first LMP1/GTE-Pro sweep as well. For Webber, the win comes at the same track where the Australian scored his very first career F1 victory in 2009.
In GTE-Pro, Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen gave Porsche Team Manthey its first class win since Shanghai of last year, following an equally strong run in the production-based ranks. Lietz took a one-lap win over the sister No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR of Patrick Pilet, after the Frenchman was forced to serve a late-race penalty for an early incident by co-driver Fred Makowiecki.
The WEC heads next to Circuit of The Americas in Austin for the Lone Star Le Mans weekend on Sept. 17-19, which will feature TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and WEC races over a single day.