PORSCHE CREW SNATCH ES WE C CHAM­PI­ONSHIP GLORY

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Porsche wrapped up both the driv­ers’ and man­u­fac­tur­ers’ World En­durance Cham­pi­onship crowns at Shang­hai last week­end as a num­ber of ti­tles were de­cided early.

Toy­ota con­tin­ued its good re­cent form and won the race with Se­bastien Buemi, Kazuki Naka­jima and An­thony David­son but Porsche was cel­e­brat­ing the big­gest prize.

Sec­ond place for Bren­don Hart­ley, Timo Bern­hard and Earl Bam­ber was enough for them to clinch the ti­tle with a race still re­main­ing.

The Porsches were some way be­hind the Toy­otas, which fea­tured new up­dates as the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer has restarted de­vel­op­ment work on its 2017 car. How­ever, that didn’t pre­vent the Porsche trio from tri­umph­ing.

“Tak­ing the world cham­pi­onship ti­tle af­ter win­ning Le Mans – it might take a while un­til it all sinks in,” said Hart­ley. “I had a few busy weeks but shar­ing this mo­ment with Earl and Timo I will not for­get for the rest of my life.”

Toy­ota had looked on course to take a 1-2 but the sec­ond car had two col­li­sions with back­mark­ers as Jose Maria Lopez was at the wheel. The sec­ond of these meant it had to pit for lengthy re­pairs and fin­ished fourth, be­hind the sec­ond Porsche 919 Hy­brid.

LMP2 race hon­ours for the Re­bel­lion ORECA-GIB­SON crew of Bruno Senna, Julien Canal and Nico­las Prost mean they have taken the points lead ahead of the sea­son fi­nale in Bahrain on Novem­ber 18.

Fer­rari was also cel­e­brat­ing in China as third place in GTE Pro for Alessan­dro Pier Guidi and James Cal­ado was enough for the firm to clinch the GT man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle. The race it­self was won by Bri­tish driv­ers Andy Pri­aulx and Harry Tinck­nell for Ford af­ter a close fight with Porsche duo Richard Li­etz and Fred­eric Makowiecki. Pe­dro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana (As­ton Mar­tin) took a straight­for­ward win in GTE Am.

Pho­tos: LAT

Porsche’s ti­tle-win­ning crew fin­ished sec­ond

L-r: Hart­ley, Bern­hard and Bam­ber

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