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Webber, Hartley, Bernhard win WEC in cliffhanger

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Sunday 22nd November, 2015 - 5:31am

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The Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard Porsche claims the WEC drivers' title in Bahrain

The Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard Porsche claims the WEC drivers’ title in Bahrain

Porsche has overcome hybrid problems to supply Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard with the World Endurance Championship drivers’ title in Bahrain.

The #17 Porsche 919 scrambled to fifth place in a cliffhanger finale won by the sister machine of Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb and Neel Jani.

It realised the first title for 39-year-old Webber as a professional driver with the veteran withstanding enormous amounts of pressure with his 2-litre, V4 cylinder machine wounded by an engine actuator problem.

With Hartley part of the WEC winning crew, it meant that New Zealand drivers took the two big sports car gongs of the season following Earl Bamber’s epic victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour in June.

Hartley played a crucial part in securing the title as Porsche scrambled to overcome the hybrid issues.

“I drove two clean stints driving flat out and trying to catch the two Toyotas, and at that moment we knew every second could be crucial,” Hartley said.

“The boys in the pits did a fantastic job to get us out again and, of course, it was absolutely crucial that our sister number 18 car stayed in the lead. A true team effort. Incredible.”

Audi went down fighting with the #7 R18 e-tron of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer finishing second to fall perilously close to claiming the title.

Savouring the WEC title: Hartley, Webber and Bernhard

Savouring the WEC title: Hartley, Webber and Bernhard

In a dream final race after announcing his retirement Alex Wurz clinched the final podium spot alongside Mike Conway and Kazuki Nakajima in the #2 Toyota TS40 Hybrid.

The lead was disputed by the #18 Porsche and #7 Audi several times throughout the 6 Hour race.

In the end the #7 Audi fell five points short of recording what would have been a remarkable WEC title.

Elsewhere G-Drive Racing’s Sam Bird’s last gasp move on KCMG Nick Tandy gave the Nissan-powered Ligier victory in LMP2.

In GTE Pro, Porsche drivers Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki claimed victory while fifth was enough for Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen to claim the GT crown in the Porsche 911 RSR.

The results were enough for Porsche to leap over Ferrari and claim the manufacturers’ title.

Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda won the GTE Am class while fifth-placed Ferrari drivers Andrea Bertolini, Viktor Shaitar and Aleksey Basov won the title.

Full results

1

R.Dumas/N.Jani/M.Lieb

Porsche

199

6:00:52.8s

2

M.Fässler/A.Lotterer/B.Tréluyer

Audi

199

1:25.310

3

A.Wurz/S.Sarrazin/M.Conway

Toyota

196

3 Laps

4

A.Davidson/S.Buemi/K.Nakajima

Toyota

196

3 Laps

5

T.Bernhard/M.Webber/B.Hartley

Porsche

190

9 Laps

6

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

Audi

188

11 Laps

7

R.Rusinov/J.Canal/S.Bird

Ligier/Nissan

183

16 Laps

8

M.Howson/R.Bradley/N.Tandy

ORECA/Nissan

183

16 Laps

9

G.Yacamán/L.Derani/R.González

Ligier/Nissan

182

17 Laps

10

N.Panciatici/P-L.Chatin/T.Dillmann

Alpine/Nissan

182

17 Laps

11

A.Imperatori/D.Kraihamer/M.Tuscher

Rebellion/AER

181

18 Laps

12

S.Trummer/P.Kaffer

CLM/AER

180

19 Laps

13

M.Aleshin/N.Minassian/D.Markozov

BR Engineering/Nissan

179

20 Laps

14

N.Prost/M.Beche

Rebellion/AER

179

20 Laps

15

N.Leventis/D.Watts/J.Kane

Gibson/Nissan

178

21 Laps

16

P.Ragues/O.Webb/C.Cumming

Morgan/SARD

177

22 Laps

17

S.Sharp/R.Dalziel/D.Hansson

Ligier/HPD

176

23 Laps

18

P.Pilet/F.Makowiecki

Porsche

173

26 Laps

19

G.Bruni/T.Vilander

Ferrari

173

26 Laps

20

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

Ligier/HPD

173

26 Laps

21

D.Turner/J.Adam

Aston Martin

173

26 Laps

22

C.Nygaard/M.Sørensen/N.Thiim

Aston Martin

173

26 Laps

23

R.Lietz/M.Christensen

Porsche

172

27 Laps

24

D.Rigon/J.Calado

Ferrari

172

27 Laps

25

A.MacDowall/F.Rees/R.Stanaway

Aston Martin

171

28 Laps

26

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

Aston Martin

170

29 Laps

27

M.Mapelli/K.Al Qubaisi/K.Bachler

Porsche

170

29 Laps

28

C.Ried/P.Long/M.Seefried

Porsche

170

29 Laps

29

F.Perrodo/E.Collard/M.Cressoni

Ferrari

169

30 Laps

30

V.Shaitar/A.Bertolini/A.Basov

Ferrari

169

30 Laps

31

G.Roda/P.Ruberti/K.Poulsen

Chevrolet

169

30 Laps

32

F.Castellacci/R.Goethe/S.Hall

Aston Martin

168

31 Laps

Final points standings

1

Timo Bernhard

166

1

Mark Webber

166

1

Brendon Hartley

166

2

Marcel Fässler

161

2

André Lotterer

161

2

Benoît Tréluyer

161

3

Marc Lieb

138.5

3

Neel Jani

138.5

3

Romain Dumas

138.5

4

Lucas di Grassi

99

4

Oliver Jarvis

99

4

Loïc Duval

99

5

Sébastien Buemi

79

5

Anthony Davidson

79

6

Stéphane Sarrazin

79

6

Alexander Wurz

79

6

Mike Conway

79

7

Kazuki Nakajima

75

8

Nick Tandy

70.5

9

Earl Bamber

58

10

Nico Hülkenberg

58

11

Roman Rusinov

33.5

11

Sam Bird

33.5

11

Julien Canal

33.5

12

Matt Howson

25

12

Richard Bradley

25

13

Marco Bonanomi

24

13

Filipe Albuquerque

24

13

René Rast

24

14

Luis Derani

19.5

14

Ricardo González

19.5

14

Gustavo Yacamán

19.5

15

Mathias Beche

14.5

15

Nicolas Prost

14.5

16

Pierre Kaffer

13

16

Simon Trummer

13

17

Nicolas Lapierre

12.5

18

Jonny Kane

7

18

Danny Watts

7

18

Nick Leventis

7

19

Paul-Loup Chatin

5.5

19

Nelson Panciatici

5.5

20

Ryan Dalziel

5

20

Scott Sharp

5

20

David Hansson

5

21

Oliver Webb

4.5

21

Pierre Ragues

4.5

22

Ed Brown

4

22

Jon Fogarty

4

23

Johannes van Overbeek

3.5

24

Tom Dillmann

3

25

Vincent Capillaire

2.5

26

Dominik Kraihamer

2.5

26

Alexandre Imperatori

2.5

27

Jacques Nicolet

2.5

27

Erik Maris

2.5

27

Jean-Marc Merlin

2.5

28

Archie Hamilton

2

29

Daniel Abt

2

30

Nick Heidfeld

2

31

Chris Cumming

1.5

32

Zoel Amberg

1

33

Mathéo Tuscher

0.5

34

David Brabham

0.5

 

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