Nurburgring WEC: Porsche claims 1-2 finish on home turf

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Nurburgring WEC: Porsche claims 1-2 finish on home turf
By: Gary Watkins
Jul 16, 2017, 5:19 PM

Porsche drivers Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber followed up on their Le Mans 24 Hours victory last month with another FIA World Endurance Championship win at the Nurburgring. 

Bernhard and his teammates triumphed in a close-fought battle with the sister Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani and Nick Tandy during which the two cars were rarely separated by more than 10 seconds. 

The two Porsches, racing in high-downforce configuration for the first time this season, swapped positions multiple times over the course of the six hours. 

Lotterer appeared to have secured the victory over the final hour, pulling a 12s gap on Bernhard until the two cars made splash-and-dash fuel stops in the final 10 minutes. 

Bernhard was stationery for 20s less in the championship-leading Porsche, which allowed it to take the victory in what was clearly an orchestrated move.

Toyota briefly took the fight to Porsche with the pole-winning #7 TS050 Hybrid, with Kamui Kobayashi leading to the first round of pitstops before handing over to Jose Maria Lopez. 

The Argentinian driver was quickly passed by Hartley and then Jani, but remained in touch until the second fuel stops. 

Lopez was unable to match the Porsches on his second stint on the tyres and dropped 20s before handing over the car to Mike Conway, with the #7 trio ending up more than a minute down at the flag.

Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, winners of the opening two rounds of the WEC, finished a distant fourth after losing five laps right at the start of the race.

Fuel pump failure meant Buemi had to complete the formation lap on electric power before pitting for a replacement. 

DC Racing adds to Le Mans triumph

Jackie Chan DC Racing trio Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent took their third LMP2 victory of the season in dominant fashion aboard their Jota Sport-run Oreca.

Jarvis battled with Bruno Senna in the best of the Rebellion Orecas, but the Le Mans-winning #38 car took control of the race in the second hour.

Senna, Julien Canal and Filipe Albuqueque ended up a lap down at the finish in the #31 Rebellion.

The Signatech Alpine team pipped the second Rebellion team to the final spot on the class podium. 

Its #36 Alpine shared by Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Matt Rao sealed the spot ahead of the #13 Oreca of Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson and Pipo Derani during the final hour. 

Ferrari beats Porsche for GTE win

James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi overcame early leaders Porsche to claim GTE Pro honours for Ferrari. 

Calado established the #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE in the lead during the fourth hour and went on to claim the victory by 50s. 

Frederic Makowiecki and Richard Lietz took second in their factory Porsche 911 RSR by just 8.7s from the sister car shared by Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre. 

The best of the Aston Martins, the #95 car shared by Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen, took fourth, ahead of Ford's best finisher, the #67 of Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx.

GTE Am honours went to the Dempsey-Proton Porsche driven by Matteo Cairoli, Christian Ried and Marvin Dienst, less than five seconds clear of the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488.

Race results:

Pos.#DriversCarClassGap
1 2 germany Timo Bernhard 
new_zealand Brendon Hartley 
new_zealand Earl Bamber 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 204 laps
2 1 germany Andre Lotterer 
switzerland Neel Jani 
united_kingdom Nick Tandy 
Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 1.606
3 7 japan Kamui Kobayashi 
united_kingdom Mike Conway 
argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'04.768
4 8 united_kingdom Anthony Davidson 
japan Kazuki Nakajima 
switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 5 laps
5 38 united_kingdom Oliver Jarvis 
china Ho-Pin Tung 
france Thomas Laurent 
Oreca 07 LMP2 13 laps
6 31 brazil Bruno Senna 
france Julien Canal 
portugal Filipe Albuquerque 
Oreca 07 LMP2 14 laps
7 36 france Nicolas Lapierre 
united_states Gustavo Menezes 
united_kingdom Matt Rao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 14 laps
8 13 brazil Pipo Derani 
denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
switzerland Mathias Beche 
Oreca 07 LMP2 14 laps
9 37 china David Cheng 
france Tristan Gommendy 
united_kingdom Alex Brundle 
Oreca 07 LMP2 15 laps
10 26 russia Roman Rusinov 
france Pierre Thiriet 
united_kingdom Ben Hanley 
Oreca 07 LMP2 16 laps
11 25 russia Vitaly Petrov 
switzerland Simon Trummer 
mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 16 laps
12 28 france François Perrodo 
france Emmanuel Collard 
france Matthieu Vaxivière 
Oreca 07 LMP2 16 laps
13 24 spain Roberto Merhi 
switzerland Jonathan Hirschi 
thailand Tor Graves 
Oreca 07 LMP2 21 laps
14 4 italy Marco Bonanomi 
united_kingdom Oliver Webb 
austria Dominik Kraihamer 
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 22 laps
15 51 united_kingdom James Calado 
italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 25 laps
16 91 austria Richard Lietz 
france Frédéric Makowiecki 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 25 laps
17 92 denmark Michael Christensen 
france Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 25 laps
18 95 denmark Marco Sorensen 
denmark Nicki Thiim 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 26 laps
19 67 united_kingdom Harry Tincknell 
guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 26 laps
20 66 germany Stefan Mücke 
france Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 26 laps
21 97 united_kingdom Darren Turner 
united_kingdom Jonathan Adam 
brazil Daniel Serra 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE PRO 27 laps
22 77 germany Christian Ried 
italy Matteo Cairoli 
germany Marvin Dienst 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 29 laps
23 54 italy Francesco Castellacci 
spain Miguel Molina 
switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 29 laps
24 98 portugal Pedro Lamy 
canada Paul Dalla Lana 
austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage V8 LMGTE AM 30 laps
25 71 finland Toni Vilander 
italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE PRO 30 laps
26 61 ireland Matt Griffin 
singapore Mok Weng Sun 
japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 31 laps
27 86 united_kingdom Michael Wainwright 
united_kingdom Ben Barker 
australia Nick Foster Jr. 
Porsche 911 RSR (991) LMGTE AM 31 laps
Ret 34 united_kingdom Nigel Moore 
united_kingdom Philip Hanson 
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 92 laps
Ret  35 france Nelson Panciatici 
france Pierre Ragues 
brazil Andre Negrao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 143 laps
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Series WEC
Event Nurburgring
Location Nürburgring
Drivers Andre Lotterer , Neel Jani , Nick Tandy
Teams Porsche Team Shop Now
Author Gary Watkins
Article type Race report