PORSCHE 1-2 IN MEXICO CITY
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).