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Porsche wins in China

An ecstatic Porsche team after their World Championship victory in Shanghai

The team in the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber scored a start-to-finish victory in the Shanghai round of the World Endurance Championships (WEC) on 6 November 2016. This race, the eighth and penultimate round of the 2016 WEC, saw Porsche clinch the Manufacturers’ Championship for the second consecutive year since their return to prototype racing in 2014. Their victory in Shanghai was Porsche’s sixth win this season in the championship.

From L-R: Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard after their victory at Shanghai, China

Starting from pole position, the #1 car never lost its lead. Brendon Hartley started the race and double-stinted before handing the car to Timo Bernhard after 60 laps. Maintaining his lead, Bernhard also double-stinted before handing the car to Webber after 120 laps. Still in the lead, the Aussie handed the car over to Hartley with 150 laps completed, and Hartley brought the Porsche home in first place having completed 195 laps. The young New Zealander also set the fastest race lap (lap 7) with a time of 1:45.935 minutes around the 5.451km Shanghai International Circuit.

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