WEC: Porsche LMP1 take 1-2 after close race-long fight at 6hrs of Nürburgring

WEC: Porsche LMP1 take 1-2 after close race-long fight at 6hrs of Nürburgring
PORSCHE TEAM / DEU / Porsche 919 Hybrid - Hybrid / Neel Jani (CHE) / Andre Lotterer (DEU) / Nick Tandy (GBR) - PORSCHE TEAM / DEU / Porsche 919 Hybrid - Hybrid / Timo Bernhard (DEU) / Earl Bamber (NZL) / Brendon Hartley (NZL) - TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 - Hybrid - Hybrid / Mike Conway (GBR) / Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) / Jose Maria Lopez (ARG) - WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring - Nurburgring - Nurburg - Germany

PORSCHE TEAM / DEU / Porsche 919 Hybrid – Hybrid / Neel Jani (CHE) / Andre Lotterer (DEU) / Nick Tandy (GBR) – PORSCHE TEAM / DEU / Porsche 919 Hybrid – Hybrid / Timo Bernhard (DEU) / Earl Bamber (NZL) / Brendon Hartley (NZL) – TOYOTA GAZOO RACING / JPN / Toyota TS050 – Hybrid – Hybrid / Mike Conway (GBR) / Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) / Jose Maria Lopez (ARG) – WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring – Nurburgring – Nurburg – Germany

Nürburgring, Germany – 16 July 2017- Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber took their second win of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season in the No.2 Porsche after a thrilling battle with the sister No.1 919 Hybrid at Nurburgring this afternoon.

The two Porsches were rarely more than four or five seconds apart during the entire race but it was the reigning title-winning car which triumphed to give both Bernhard and Hartley their 10th WEC wins and Bamber his 3rd.

It was a thrilling race between the two Porsche 919 Hybrid racers which saw the lead swapped numerous times. At one stage, in the fourth hour, Bamber lost the lead to his fellow 2015 Le Mans winner Nick Tandy, after having to take avoiding action when Tor Graves spun his CEFC Manor TRS Racing LMP2 car in front of the Kiwi at the chicane.

The result today ensures that Hartley, Bernhard and Bamber have extended their lead in the championship to 30 points as the European leg of the 2017 WEC comes to an end.

André Lotterer, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy ensured a Porsche 1-2 at their home event, taking the runners-up position after leading for large periods of the race but the trio lost the lead at the final pit stop.

The pole sitting No.7 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, José Maria Lopez and Mike Conway took third place after leading in the early stages as Kobayashi converted pole position into track position. The Toyota TS050 HYBRID fell back, however, and finished just under a lap down on the winning Porsche.

Winners of the first two races at Silverstone and Spa, the No.8 Toyota Gazoo Racing trio of Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Buemi, suffered a frustrating race as an enforced change of fuel pump on the first lap put them out of contention. The car did though recover well, and claim fourth place points.

Jackie Chan DC Racing continue winning streak

The Jackie Chan DC Racing team celebrated another win, their third in four races, with the Oliver Jarvis, Thomas Laurent and Ho-Pin Tung crewed No.38 ORECA-Gibson. They led for the majority of the race after wresting the lead from the No.31 Vaillante Rebellion.

The only small issue for the winning LMP2 car was a quick change of rear bodywork in the fourth hour. Jarvis, Tung and Laurent’s hat-trick of wins so far in 2017 ensures they now enjoy a huge 46-point in the LMP2 Drivers’ Championship.

Bruno Senna led in the No.31 for the Vaillante Rebellion team early on, but lost out to Oliver Jarvis in traffic which ensured that he and his teammates Filipe Albuquerque and Julien Canal took second position for the third time this season.

Completing the podium in LMP2 was the reigning LMP2 champions, the No.36 Signatech Alpine car crewed by Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Matt Rao. Lapierre made a thrilling move on the No.13 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA Gibson in the dying minutes of the race to claim the position.

52,000 spectators enjoyed the fourth round of the 2017 FIA WEC, an event which saw a remarkable 510 overtakes for position. It was also one of the cleanest WEC ever races with no caution periods at all, and less than five minutes of on-track yellow flags.

 

Ferrari takes second consecutive Nürburgring win in LMGTE Pro

Ferrari took a hard-earned win at the Nürburgring today after a typically frantic battle in the LMGTE Pro category

The No.51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi took a first win of the season after the pair maximized their tyres and set-up to the fullest, heading home the two Porsche GT Team 911 RSR entries.

Calado reprised his breakthrough 2016 victory at Nürburgring while teammate Alessandro Pier Guidi took his maiden WEC win.

The British driver took the lead from the No.92 Porsche with an incisive move and then built an impressive gap to hand over to Pier Guidi who crossed the line 50-seconds ahead of the next-placed car, taking Ferrari’s second class win of the season.

Porsche took second and third places after enjoying its best race weekend of the season with the new-look 911 RSR model.

The No.91 car of Fréderic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz headed home the No.92 sister car of Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen by just eight seconds.

A fifth-place finish for Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx in the No.67 Ford GT was enough for them to retain the lead in the GT World Endurance Drivers’ Championship. They head Makowiecki and Lietz by 11 points as the WEC heads to Mexico City in early September.

Dempsey Proton win LMGTE Am thriller

LMGTE Am saw a popular home victory for Dempsey-Proton Racing. Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli and Marvin Dienst held off the Spirit of Race Ferrari and Aston Martin Racing challenge to ensure that both Dienst and Cairoli took their first ever WEC wins.  It was also Christian Ried’s first WEC class victory since Bahrain in 2012.

The Dempsey-Proton team fought hard for the win as they hunted down the Aston Martin Vantage of Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana, coming under threat too from the Spirit of Race Ferrari which eventually finished took second place points for Miguel Molina, Francesco Castellacci and Thomas Flohr.

The winning margin for the Dempsey Proton Porsche was just 4.3 seconds as the class provided another nail-biting finish.

The LMGTE Am title fight could not be closer now as just two points separate three teams of drivers. Silverstone victors Keita Sawa, Matt Griffin and Weng Sun Mok are now level on points with Ried, Dienst and Cairoli, while the Aston Martin trio of Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana are just two points adrift.

52,000 spectators enjoyed the fourth round of the 2017 FIA WEC, an event which saw a remarkable 510 overtakes for position. It was also one of the cleanest WEC ever races with no caution periods at all, and less than five minutes of on-track yellow flags.

The next round of the Championship will be the 6 Hours of Mexico in Mexico City on 3rd September.

 

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Heck I'd volunteer as well. So you don't get paid with money. You get paid with the excitement of being part of the greatest sport and just plain fun.

I would volunteer... What a privilege to be a part of this amazing sport and to have the chance to get so close to the action. Everyone appreciates all of the hard work they do in all weathers and if they didn't love it they wouldn't do it... Thanks to everyone who helps to keep the sport that I love going ❤️🏁🏁🏁

Considering the volume of comments complaining they don’t get paid you don’t hear volunteers complaining. They do it for the love of Motorsport and the chance in some small way to be involved. Not everything has to be about money!

I just don't get it. F1 is a multi million if not billion £ business. So why don't theses fantastic people get paid? Without them there would be no F1. Don't treat people's passion as an excuse to use and not pay them for their very important work. Am I wrong?

Singapore F1 has the greatest staff & so friendly

The very fact that F1 moves so many millions, and there are unpaid volunteers workers sickens me to be honest. Selling people the idea that by volunteering, they are doing good, they have a super opportunity, post their face on social media, making them feel special, and saving yourself the wagesnin the process sickens me.I love watching the races, the tech etc, but F1 shame on you. I'm pretty sure there is no one in the F1 scene short of a few quid, and I'm pretty sure that some of these volunteers would most definitely appreciate the money as well as the chance to work on the circuit. Everything isn't about the money unless your a capitalist company making money off the backs of others. Shame on you f1

For everyone complaining about the free labor. Its VOLUNTEER work not like it's against anyone's will. Secondly volunteer for a race sometime and you will understand the point. I volunteer for the pikes peak hill climb every year. I get to experience a badass event for a little work while others are paying $180+ for the same experience. A little free work is well worth it.

Why are people complaining about money? They are volunteers not slave. I volunteered at the Montreal tennis tournament for over 10 years. Doing office work. I got to watch all the matches for free and got to meet/talk to all kinds of players like Agassi, Graf, Hingis and Federer. It was fun. I’m guessing the people volunteering at the race gets to watch F1 for free and see/hear the cars up close. For any race fan that is just priceless.

It is impossible to not get paid, unless you do work for a non profit organization. I'm very sure the "volunteer" name is just that, a name, I refuse to believe F1 is exploiting human workforce to save some bucks.

I'd bang Yan Ting I'd have her panting #yeahman

I agree...why can’t F1 pay these people. We lost one volunteer due to an accident at the Montreal F1 a few years ago. Is it worth volunteering for nothing and risking your life?

Why does F1 even need volunteers when you are willing to spend endless piles of money on everything else? Props to the people who do it but when you charge 5k for Paddock Club tickets it seems to me you could do with paying all these wonderful people for their work...

Singapore GP is the best one I have been to. Vietnam is next on my list as I have fancied a holiday there for a while but will take me a few years to save enough money.

Why is everyone so outraged that the volunteers don’t get paid? People travel all over the world for some events and this is something they’re willing to do as a hobby/do it in their spare time. I’ve been doing it for a year now and did this years Singapore Grand Prix. I would always volunteer to do this as it is an absolute privilege to be officiating at such an awesome event. The organisers always look after us so well with meals and nice souvenirs. So for those that are outraged by it. Maybe you should come join us sometime.

She speaks pretty well. Of course her accent is really hearable, but her grammar is on a high level!

With the money the sport brings in they should be payed.

Those idiots that run F1 should pay these people, sky and channel 4 pay their team money.. loads I imagine.. probably don’t get even a Christmas box

Do they get paid for their work? because the tickets are very expensive

More on these behind the scenes people they're also very important 😎

Really enjoyed my days in timing and scoring.

That’s amazing! So jealous she gets to work on track !

I wonder why no one sponsors them.🤔. Plenty of space for logos on their overalls. Might earn themselves a few quid too.

Many people asked ...."Why do you still officiate/volunteer? .. Do they pay you? "......If you have to ask, you simply won’t understand

Nice one for a toughest race in F1

👏👏👏for japanese volunteers!!!!!

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I cant wait to see what the new honda will look like....

Unfortunately in Brazil we will not be able to see this top bike this year, the closed TV channel that was broadcasting did not renew and we ended up staying at a loss !!! Too bad for Moto Gp lovers in Brazil, last year without a super bike and this year without a Moto Gp !!! What the hell!!!

Je ne trouve pas qu il y est de grand changement une écriture en noir a la place du blanc . Ducati fait du Honda . Les couleur de pramac était belle

Killer look! Love it! 😎 great job! It has been the most 'non traditional looking' bike and it's getting more and more different and high tech looking.

Great looking bike, a pity you don't have a rider to exploit its full potential. Jack Miller would fill that requirement perfectly.

Amazing, Ducati fan here but hope we have a good season this year. Im more on, close competition and pushing the skill and other bikes to the limits. That's more exciting keeping my *ss on my couch.

Awesome lookin bikes, Hope their up the pointy end more often but with 43 on the front 🇦🇺

Looks more WSB than Moto gp. Sponsors looking crowded and messy. Also needs more white. Just my opinion but it's a shame as it used to be the best looking bike and the best colour.

A top innovative team with mediocre riders. Always poor rider choices who can win few races but not championship. Give this bike to Bagnaia/Miller and see the magic. The biggest mistake was getting rid of Lorenzo.

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Look great but I don’t think the 2 of them together can catch. 93

Ducats is under VW motors so it's Germany machine & Italian passion design qual to super straight line speed, hopefully they worked on the cornering speed so well

Looking forward to the Honda v Ducati battle again.Amazing to watch,great TV.

So looking forward to the start of the new season 😁😁

Bikes look amazing...So do the performance....Pity that Ducati doesn't have a championship winning rider...🤕🤕..

It’s the same as last year, the year before, and every other year.

Red and white has become red and black really. I don't like the tail section, it can be more sleeker.

Seems like same old powerfull duacti with heavy body no agility lyk yamaha and straight line speed lyk honda. Remembering 2007 stoners ducati.

Cazzuti quest anno su, la più bella degli ultimi anni

Essas Ducatti estão tops é só esperar o show✊

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la seule chose visible qui a changé c'est les couleurs du casque de Dovi 😉

Linda che, aunqe para mi nunca superara en el aspecto visual a la gp7 u 8

Bonsoir je voudrais savoir si le Moto GP est toujours diffusé sur Canal+ cette année

Go Dovi all MotoGP fans support you for win MotoGP titles and we so boring watch marq win the boring titles

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What a great rally! Really enjoyed it, especially watching Ricky finally win it! Also never knew Saudi had such a stunning scenery.

Alot of ups and downs this year but definitely a great year watching from the couch! Want to thank my sponsor lazy boy 🤣

Unbelievable impressions of one of the most fantastic and dramatic Dakars ever! They leave one speechless.

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Ça roule fort!!! magnifique 😍

Nice Honda, after 31 years come back with Ricky Brabec,

Great memories of Dakar 2020 Saudi Arabia !! 👍

Love how the presence of the camera gets the front wheel off the ground - hardly ever fails

RIP Paulo.

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