Porsche returns for 6 Hours of Bahrain as World Champion

FIA World Endurance Championship final round set for November 19 at Bahrain International Circuit

Porsche returns for 6 Hours of Bahrain as World Champion

Porsche is set to showcase its racing heritage, world-class performance credentials and technological advancements at the upcoming ‘6 Hours of Bahrain’, FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) race round, on 19th November. Returning to the Kingdom as champions, the brand has already secured the 2016 WEC manufacturers’ title for a second consecutive season, thanks to a win in Shanghai last week.

Porsche will take centre stage in Bahrain with two teams racing the ground-breaking 919 Hybrid in the LMP1 category, whilst motorsport fans at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) will also witness to the opening round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East.

At the heart of Porsche’s motorsport programme is the belief that the race track is a proving ground for new technologies that will be used in future road-legal cars, with the 919 Hybrid representing the ultimate laboratory on wheels. To-date there have been a wide range of developments originating from the race track and transferred to Porsche road cars, including advancements in safety, efficiency and hybrid drive systems.

Deesch Papke, Chief Executive Officer of Porsche Middle East and Africa FZE, commented: “At Porsche, the philosophy has always been to use the race track as a testing bed for new technologies, and to ensure that those learnings and advancements are developed further to benefit road models of the future. That is why the brand has returned to top-flight motor racing, and it is how our products continually evolve. The 919 Hybrid is Porsche’s most advanced motor racing model and a second manufacturers’ world championship title is another validation of its innovative concept. We are looking forward to an action-packed weekend of racing in Bahrain, one which is not to be missed.”

For Porsche’s LMP1 2015 Driver’s Championship winning team, Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), the last round of the 2016 season will be bittersweet, as it represents the final time veteran Webber will race before he officially retires from motorsport. The second team of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) will drive the sister 919 Hybrid and currently lead this season’s driver standings with 152 points – a 17-point lead over their closest rivals. A successful race in Bahrain could see Porsche also retain the Drivers’ World Championship title as well.

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