At the FIA World Endurance Championship’s finale in Bahrain on Saturday, Porsche won four more titles. Former F1 driver Mark Webber (Australia), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) are the new World Champions with the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“I am very, very proud,” commented Hartley. “My earliest memories are watching my father at the racetrack. I was six years old when I started racing go-karts and always dreamt of being a World Champion. I am extremely proud of sharing this moment with Mark, Timo and the entire Porsche Team.
“A big thanks to the guys at the computers behind the pits, the mechanics fixing the car in the box, the crew of car number 18, who did an incredible race to take the victory. And, of course, to Mark and Timo. We were all managing issues on the track. Every single person in the Porsche Team contributed to this. I will never forget this day, I am very proud!”
The sixth race win for Porsche was taken by their teammates Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany). For Porsche a perfect season has come to an end: They took the overall victory at the 24 Hours in Le Mans, won the Manufacturers’ World Championship title at the penultimate round in Shanghai – and now have been crowned the drivers’ World Champions too.
In the GT class for production-based cars, in which Porsche competes with the Porsche 911 RSR, the competition version of the iconic 911, the company won three titles: Porsche took the manufacturers’ title, Richard Lietz (Austria) took the drivers’ title and Porsche Team Manthey won the team title.