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Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber

Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard have taken the lead in the World Endurance Championship after claiming a third win on the bounce at a wet-dry Fuji race.

The #17 Porsche 919 scored a 14.3s victory over the sister #18 machine which is shared by Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas.

The Porsches swapped positions late in the race with the #7 Audi driven by Marcel Fassler, Benoit Treluyer and Andre Lotterer third which saw them relinquish their lead in the driver’s standings.

Webber, Hartley and Bernhard have moved to 129 points, one clear of the #7 Audi crew with two rounds remaining.

With wet conditions for the start, the Safety Car paced the field for the opening 40 minutes of the 6 Hour race with the #7 Audi leading its sister #8 R18 e-tron quattro.

The Porsches then found their mark in drying conditions with the #18 Porsche Hybrid leading by the halfway mark.

In LMP2, Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal and Sam Bird took honours for G-Drive in the Nissan-powered Ligier.

The AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander landed the GTE Pro win while Patrick Dempsey claimed his first win in GTE Am in the 911 RSR alongside Patrick Long.

See below for full results

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Time

1

T.Bernhard/M.Webber/B.Hartley

Porsche

216

6h 00:25.737

2

R.Dumas/N.Jani/M.Lieb

Porsche

216

14.306

3

M.Fässler/A.Lotterer/B.Tréluyer

Audi

215

1 Lap

4

L.di Grassi/L.Duval/O.Jarvis

Audi

214

2 Laps

5

A.Davidson/S.Buemi/K.Nakajima

Toyota

214

2 Laps

6

A.Wurz/S.Sarrazin/M.Conway

Toyota

203

13 Laps

7

N.Prost/M.Beche

Rebellion/AER

203

13 Laps

8

S.Trummer/P.Kaffer

CLM/AER

199

17 Laps

9

R.Rusinov/J.Canal/S.Bird

Ligier/Nissan

198

18 Laps

10

N.Panciatici/P-L.Chatin/V.Capillaire

Alpine/Nissan

198

18 Laps

11

G.Yacamán/L.Derani/R.González

Ligier/Nissan

197

19 Laps

12

S.Sharp/R.Dalziel/D.Hansson

Ligier/HPD

194

22 Laps

13

G.Bruni/T.Vilander

Ferrari

193

23 Laps

14

P.Ragues/O.Webb/C.Cumming

Morgan/SARD

193

23 Laps

15

P.Pilet/F.Makowiecki

Porsche

192

24 Laps

16

D.Rigon/J.Calado

Ferrari

192

24 Laps

17

R.Lietz/M.Christensen

Porsche

192

24 Laps

18

N.Leventis/D.Watts/J.Kane

Gibson/Nissan

192

24 Laps

19

C.Nygaard/M.Sørensen

Aston Martin

191

25 Laps

20

D.Turner/J.Adam

Aston Martin

190

26 Laps

21

A.MacDowall/F.Rees/S.Mücke

Aston Martin

190

26 Laps

22

P.Dempsey/P.Long/M.Seefried

Porsche

187

29 Laps

23

P.D.Lana/P.Lamy/M.Lauda

Aston Martin

187

29 Laps

24

F.Perrodo/E.Collard/R.Águas

Ferrari

186

30 Laps

25

E.Brown/J.van Overbeek/J.Fogarty

Ligier/HPD

186

30 Laps

26

G.Roda/P.Ruberti/N.Sylvest

Chevrolet

185

31 Laps

27

C.Ried/K.Al Qubaisi/E.Bamber

Porsche

185

31 Laps

28

V.Shaitar/A.Bertolini/A.Basov

Ferrari

185

31 Laps

29

F.Castellacci/L.Griffin/S.Hall

Aston Martin

184

32 Laps

30

A.Imperatori/D.Kraihamer/D.Abt

Rebellion/AER

164

52 Laps

M.Howson/R.Bradley/N.Tandy

ORECA/Nissan

192

Retirement

Drivers’ Standings 

1

Brendon Hartley

129

1

Timo Bernhard

129

1

Mark Webber

129

2

Benoît Tréluyer

128

2

Marcel Fässler

128

2

André Lotterer

128

3

Marc Lieb

95.5

3

Romain Dumas

95.5

3

Neel Jani

95.5

4

Oliver Jarvis

79

4

Lucas di Grassi

79

4

Loïc Duval

79

5

Nick Tandy

66

6

Sébastien Buemi

59

6

Anthony Davidson

59

7

Nico Hülkenberg

58

7

Earl Bamber

58

8

Kazuki Nakajima

55

9

Mike Conway

54

9

Stéphane Sarrazin

54

9

Alexander Wurz

54

10

Roman Rusinov

26.5

10

Sam Bird

26.5

10

Julien Canal

26.5

11

Marco Bonanomi

24

11

Filipe Albuquerque

24

11

René Rast

24

12

Richard Bradley

20.5

12

Matt Howson

20.5

13

Luis Derani

17.5

13

Gustavo Yacamán

17.5

13

Ricardo González

17.5

14

Nicolas Lapierre

12.5

15

Pierre Kaffer

8.5

15

Simon Trummer

8.5

16

Mathias Beche

8

16

Nicolas Prost

8

17

Jonny Kane

6

17

Nick Leventis

6

17

Danny Watts

6

18

David Hansson

4.5

18

Ryan Dalziel

4.5

18

Scott Sharp

4.5

19

Oliver Webb

3.5

19

Pierre Ragues

3.5

20

Ed Brown

3

20

Jon Fogarty

3

21

Erik Maris

2.5

21

Jean-Marc Merlin

2.5

21

Jacques Nicolet

2.5

22

Johannes van Overbeek

2.5

23

Paul-Loup Chatin

2.5

23

Nelson Panciatici

2.5

23

Vincent Capillaire

2.5

24

Archie Hamilton

2

25

Nick Heidfeld

2

26

Dominik Kraihamer

2

26

Alexandre Imperatori

2

26

Daniel Abt

2

27

Zoel Amberg

1

28

David Brabham

0.5

29

Chris Cumming

0.5

30

Harry Tincknell

0

31

Mark Shulzhitskiy

0

31

Jann Mardenborough

0

31

Christian Klien

0

31

Laurens Vanthoor

0

31

Max Chilton

0

31

Olivier Pla

0

31

Alex Buncombe

0

31

Tsugio Matsuda

0

31

Vitantonio Liuzzi

0

31

Tiago Monteiro

0

31

Lucas Ordóñez

0

31

Kévin Estre

0

31

Michael Krumm

0

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