Webber, Porsche wins WEC title in Bahrain

Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley have given Porsche the 2015 World Endurance Championship team the 2015 title with their 5th place finish in Bahrain.

The 13-point championship lead the team carried into the final race of the season was tenuous as a throttle issue stalled the team losing five laps and later overcame an actuator issue to finish fifth.

The sister car driven by Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb claimed victory and with the marques first and fifth, it gave Porsche their first sportscar title since 1986.

1LMP1R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.LiebPorsche TeamPorsche1996h00m52.843s
2LMP1M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.TreluyerAudi Sport Team JoestAudi1991m25.310s
3LMP1A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.ConwayToyota RacingToyota1963 Laps
4LMP1A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.NakajimaToyota RacingToyota1963 Laps
5LMP1T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.HartleyPorsche TeamPorsche1909 Laps
6LMP1L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.JarvisAudi Sport Team JoestAudi18811 Laps
7LMP2R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.BirdG-Drive RacingLigier/Nissan18316 Laps
8LMP2M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.TandyKCMGORECA/Nissan18316 Laps
9LMP2G.Yacaman, L.Derani, R.GonzalezG-Drive RacingLigier/Nissan18217 Laps
10LMP2N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, T.DillmannSignatech AlpineAlpine/Nissan18217 Laps
11LMP1A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, M.TuscherRebellion RacingRebellion/AER18118 Laps
12LMP1S.Trummer, P.KafferTeam ByKollesCLM/AER18019 Laps
13LMP2M.Aleshin, N.Minassian, D.MarkozovAF RacingBR Engineering/Nissan17920 Laps
14LMP1N.Prost, M.BecheRebellion RacingRebellion/AER17920 Laps
15LMP2N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.KaneStrakka RacingGibson/Nissan17821 Laps
16LMP2P.Ragues, O.Webb, C.CummingTeam SARD MorandMorgan/SARD17722 Laps
17LMP2S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.HanssonExtreme Speed MotorsportsLigier/HPD17623 Laps
18GTE ProP.Pilet, F.MakowieckiPorsche Team MantheyPorsche17326 Laps
19GTE ProG.Bruni, T.VilanderAF CorseFerrari17326 Laps
20LMP2E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.FogartyExtreme Speed MotorsportsLigier/HPD17326 Laps
21GTE ProD.Turner, J.AdamAston Martin RacingAston Martin17326 Laps
22GTE ProC.Nygaard, M.Sorensen, N.ThiimAston Martin RacingAston Martin17326 Laps
23GTE ProR.Lietz, M.ChristensenPorsche Team MantheyPorsche17227 Laps
24GTE ProD.Rigon, J.CaladoAF CorseFerrari17227 Laps
25GTE ProA.MacDowall, F.Rees, R.StanawayAston Martin RacingAston Martin17128 Laps
26GTE AmP.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.LaudaAston Martin RacingAston Martin17029 Laps
27GTE AmM.Mapelli, K.Al Qubaisi, K.BachlerAbu Dhabi-Proton RacingPorsche17029 Laps
28GTE AmC.Ried, P.Long, M.SeefriedDempsey Racing – ProtonPorsche17029 Laps
29GTE AmF.Perrodo, E.Collard, M.CressoniAF CorseFerrari16930 Laps
30GTE AmV.Shaitar, A.Bertolini, A.BasovSMP RacingFerrari16930 Laps
31GTE AmG.Roda, P.Ruberti, K.PoulsenLarbre CompetitionChevrolet16930 Laps
32GTE AmF.Castellacci, R.Goethe, S.HallAston Martin RacingAston Martin16831 Laps
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Helmut Marko

Not bad for a number two driver.


Phenomenal effort by Porsche to take the WEC drivers championship, with their three driver team of Bernhard, Hartley and Webber – so it looks like Webber is now a number three driver :-)
Great for New Zealand to have a motor racing world champion again, probably the first since Denny Hulme in 1967. Good on ya Brendon Hartley, and Timo Bernhard, all the more impressive having to drag that deadbeat Aussie along.
Only kidding, we all love Aussie Grit here in Kiwiland ;-)