Porsche manages a hat-trick in the six-hour race that took place at Nürburgring. Like in 2015 and 2016, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley took first place on the podium. This year, Earl Bamber also accompanied the duo. Overall, the 911 RSR claimed two podium places.
This marked the second win for the Porsche LMP Team in 2017, bringing the total wins for the 919 Hybrid to 15 since it’s debut in 2014. The sister car with reigning world champion Neel Jani (CH), André Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB) finished in second having led most of the race.
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, said, “An Eifel hat-trick and the 15th overall race win for the 919 Hybrid only four weeks after our success at Le Mans – this is almost unbelievable. This outstanding result is another step towards our mission in defending both world championship titles. We managed to increase our points advantage and for me the most important thing is that the team can now enjoy a break and recover from the hard work over recent months. In Mexico, we will be refreshed and continue our mission.”
Porsche has now has a total of 154 points in the manufacturers’ world championship with a 39.5 points gap to Toyota. In the drivers’ rankings, Bamber/Bernhard/Hartley have 108 points, earning them an advantage of 30 points over the best-placed Toyota trio. Meanwhile Jani/Lotterer/Tandy move up to fourth position in the championship with 46 points.
A successful home race for the new Porsche 911 RSR: The racer, designed and built by Porsche Motorsport in Weissach for this season, claimed two podium places. In the #91 vehicle, Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) secured second place in the fiercely contested GTE-Pro class on the Eifel circuit. At the wheel of the second 911 RSR (#92) fielded by the Porsche GT Team, Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France) finished in third in front of 52,000 spectators. In the GTE-Am class, the Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) celebrated his first win in the world championship with the 911 RSR run by the Dempsey Proton Racing customer squad.