Porsche 919 Hybrids second and third in Silverstone

Dubai, UAE — Despite a well calculated but significant aerodynamic disadvantage, Porsche fought for the victory with the 919 Hybrid on Sunday in Silverstone. After six hours of racing in the opening for the FIA World Endurance Championship on the challenging British Grand Prix circuit, the trio of Earl Bamber (NZ)/ Timo Bernhard (DE)/ Brendon Hartley (NZ) crossed the finish line just 6.173 seconds behind the winning Toyota of Sébastien Buemi (CH)/Anthony Davidson (GB)/ Kazuki Nakajima (JP). Buemi clawed his way past Hartley in a breath taking final stint with only seven laps to go. The second Porsche 919 Hybrid of reigning world champion Neel Jani (CH), André Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB) finished third.

The first race of the 2017 WEC was accompanied by Britain’s typical cool and changeable weather. The low track temperatures of around 11 degrees Celsius and occasional light rain did not however hamper the atmosphere for the 50,200 fans who attended over the weekend.

The Porsche LMP Team – Le Mans winner and world champion in 2015 as well as in 2016 – leads the manufacturers’ classification after the first of nine championship rounds on 33 points with Toyota second (26.5). In the drivers’ standings, the Porsche crews are currently second and third.

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