World Endurance Championship
The WEC restart
Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber (Porsche 919 Hybrid) took at 6 Hours of Nürburgring, on 16th July, their second win of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (where many teams involved are equipped by BMC), after a thrilling fight with the sister No.1 919 (driven by André Lotterer, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy).
The two Porsches were rarely more than 4/5 seconds apart during the entire race, but it was the reigning title-winning car which triumphed, so gave both Bernhard and Hartley their 10th WEC wins and Bamber his 3rd.
6H Nürburgring was a breathtaking race between the two Porsche 919 Hybrid racers which saw the lead swapped numerous times. The result on German circuit extended the Hartley, Bernhard and Bamber advantage in the championship to 30 points, Davidson-Nakajima-Buemi (Toyota TS050 HYBRID) were 2ed with 78 points, after a 4th place at Nürburgring.
The early part of the all-dry race was led by the pole-winning N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin in the hands of Kamui Kobayashi, meanwhile the N°8 sister car (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) was struck by a fuel pump issue during the formation lap. Five laps were needed for repairs but the second Japanese car managed to fight its way back to fourth by the halfway point, which was the best result it could hope for.
The LM GTE Pro class produced another thriller between Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari and Ford. Three hours into the race, the N°92 Porsche 919 RSR/Michelin of Christensen-Estre K which had topped qualifying for the very first time – was in command, 1.2s clear of the N°51 Ferrari-Michelin of Calado-Pierguidi. The Italian machine eased ahead during Hour 4, however, and went on to scoop the spoils, chased by the N°91 of Lietz-Makowiecki and N°92 factory Porsches.
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