Porsche’s reign­ing FIA World En­durance cham­pi­ons bag first win of the year

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Reign­ing World En­durance cham­pi­ons Mark Web­ber, Timo Bern­hard and Bren­don Hart­ley claimed their first win of the sea­son at the Nur­bur­gring last week­end.

The Porsche 919 crew has been blighted by prob­lems so far this sea­son with 10th place at Le Mans last month be­ing the trio’s best fin­ish. But, de­spite an early punc­ture, the cham­pi­ons were able to end their poor run of re­sults.

The LMP1 Porsches and Audis ap­peared equally matched in the early stages of the race with both Audis lead­ing dur­ing the open­ing hours. The Porsches then took com­mand but the 919 of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Ro­main Dumas dropped out of con­tention after con­tact with back­mark­ers and a driv­ethrough penalty.

This al­lowed Web­ber/bern­hard/ Hart­ley to win, and Web­ber said: “This is a bril­liant win for our car. We kept our heads down and hung in there, and the Audis ran out of a bit of steam.”

The Audi of Lu­cas di Grassi, Loic Du­val and Oliver Jarvis beat Marcel Fassler and An­dre Lot­terer’s sis­ter R18.

The Sig­nat­ech Alpine squad of Ni­co­las Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi and Gus­tavo Menezes made it a hat-trick of LMP2 wins, de­spite the G-drive ORECA lead­ing ini­tially be­fore be­ing forced out with trans­mis­sion prob­lems.

Fer­rari took a one-two in GTE Pro – with Gian­maria Bruni and James Cal­ado first – after the As­ton Martin of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen lost out with the tim­ing of its fi­nal pit­stop.

The As­ton of Pe­dro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana tri­umphed in GTE Am.

Porsche was back on top at home

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