Kwinana Courier - - Driveway -

PORSCHE’S LMP Team took an­other big step in its mis­sion of ti­tle de­fence in Mex­ico City with a dom­i­nant 1-2 win in the fifth round of the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship at the Autó­dro­moHer­manos Ro­dríguez.

The cham­pi­onship-lead­ing Le Mans win­ners, Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bern­hard (DE) and Bren­don Hart­ley (NZ) came first ahead of team­mates Neel Jani (CH), An­dre Lot­terer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB).

Third and fourth were Toy­ota TS050s.

Against all pre­dic­tions, the weather stayed dry dur­ing the six-hour race and al­lowed straight rac­ing with a pure re­sult.

Since the be­gin­ning of the 2014 sea­son, the Porsche 919 Hy­brid has now com­peted in 30 races, achiev­ing 17 pole po­si­tions, 16 race wins – in­clud­ing six one-two vic­to­ries – and 10 fastest race laps.

For 2017, the team is aim­ing to achieve a third con­sec­u­tive world cham­pi­onship ti­tle for man­u­fac­tur­ers and drivers.

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. Jani/Lot­terer/Tandy now lie third in the cham­pi­onship (64 points).

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