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Porsche Sweeps 6H Nürburgring

Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley take first wins…

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Photo: Vincent Wouters

Despite the two-month plus break since Le Mans, Porsche picked up where it left off in the 24-hour endurance classic by claiming a 1-2 finish on home soil in Sunday’s Six Hours of Nürburgring.

Mark Webber cruised to a dominant one-lap win in the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, following a near-flawless run for the No. 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

While the sister pole-sitting entry of Neel Jani led from the start, Brendon Hartley took over the lead in the second hour when the No. 18 entry was hit with the first of three penalties for exceeding fuel consumption.

The technical issues for the other Porsche, which were later resolved, gave Hartley, Webber and Timo Bernhard clear sailing, with Audi or Toyota unable to match the ultimate pace of the 919 Hybrids.

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 first career F1 victory in 2009.

Despite losing significant ground after serving nearly three minutes of penalties for exceeding fuel consumption, the No. 18 Porsche of Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas charged to a second place result.

The No. 7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of championship leaders Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler was third, thanks to a late move by the German on teammate Lucas Di Grassi.

Di Grassi and co-drivers Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis were fourth, ahead of the best-placed Toyota four laps behind in fifth overall and in LMP1.

LMP1 Privateer was another battle of attrition, with Team ByKolles breaking through to score its first points of the season, thanks to a 18th overall finish for Pierre Kaffer and Simon Trummer’s CLM P1/01 AER.

The pairing benefited from misfortunes from both of the Rebellion R-One AERs, including the Le Mans class-winning No. 13 car, which only completed a single lap.

Like Porsche, KCMG also continued its good fortunes from Le Mans, with a commanding class win in LMP2.

Le Mans winner Nick Tandy took the No. 47 Oreca 05 Nissan to a 1-minute and 11-second victory over the No. 26 G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan of Sam Bird, in a race that was in control by the Hong Kong-backed squad from the onset.

Class polesitter Tandy stretched into an early lead, although a slow pit stop in the second hour saw G-Drive’s Roman Rusniov briefly take over the top spot.

Tandy and Richard Bradley shared class honors with fellow Brit Matt Howson, which has seen the team extend their lead in the championship.

G-Drive completed the class podium, with the No. 26 entry of Bird, Rusinov and Julien Canal ahead of teammates Pipo Derani, Gustavo Yacaman and Ricardo Gonzalez in third.

RESULTS: Six Hours of Nürburgring

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. fabio

    August 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Too bad for the Audi move on the end. Doesn’t make any difference in the manufacturer’s championship, and the #8 deserved the podium.
    Nothing against team orders if it means more points for the team, but this one…

  2. Pierre

    August 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    It wasn’t captured by the live stream or commentary, but Dempsey’s team almost got a podium. They were well into 40s behind 3rd with an hour to go. Managed to close that gap to 3s behind 3rd. Close finish for that Dempsey Proton team.

    • DC

      August 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Too bad. Dempsey has to get faster, but he’s driving clean laps this year so he is improving. Their Porsche looks good, so hopefully everything will come together for another podium finish, or even better, a win.

  3. Max

    August 30, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Great accomplishment by ByKolles. Here’s to the rest of the season actually being a competition in ex-LMP1L. With Toyota so far off the pace I wouldn’t be shocked if there’s a track coming up on the schedule where they’re racing against Rebellion and ByKolles.

  4. AudiTT

    August 30, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Very cool event,was great you see 62,000 fans over the weekend.

  5. JaymondoGB

    September 1, 2015 at 5:58 am

    I think its time for a adjustment on BOP for Toyota, Also for Porsche, who need pegging back a tad. I have to echo comments by Max, great to see the CLM get its first win. Just love the colour scheme on that car.

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