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Porsche triumph despite Bahrain trouble

bahrain_racePorsche has triumphed in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley taking the driver’s championship despite a trouble-filled final race in Bahrain.

While the No.18 Porsche charged to Porsche’s sixth victory of the year with Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb at the wheel, the No.17 championship leader had two extended visits to the garage with engine and hybrid problems – dropping them down the order to fifth place.

CUW0vuaUkAABNDKRemarkably for Webber, this is his first professional championship. Despite being a contender in Australian Formula Ford, British Formula 3, Formula 3000, sportscars and Formula 1 – the Australian had never won a championship in cars despite taking the 1993 New South Wales karting title.

The result follows Porsche clinching the manufacturers championship at the previous round in Shanghai and taking the victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour. The German manufacturer also wrapped up the driver’s manufactures and team’s title in the LMGTE-Pro ranks.

Nani, Dumas and Lieb took the victory after a brilliant battle between Lieb and Audi’s Benoit Treluyer who finished second in the No.7 R18 with Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler.

The second Audi was no as fortunate with Loic Duval having to have the complete left-front suspension replaced after suffering a brake failure.

In a fitting finish for Austrian Alex Wurz, the Toyota driver took the final podium spot in his final race before retiring. The ex-F1 ace was joined by Mike Conway and Kaz Nakajima in the Toyota TS040.

In the LMP1 privateer ranks, Alexandre Imperatori, Dominik Kraihamer and Matheo Tuscher took the victory for Rebellion Racing.

In LM P2 Sam Bird, Roman Rusinov and Julien Canal took the championship for G-Drive Racing.

They finished the year in style with victory with Formula E racer Bird putting a pass on Le Mans winner Nick Tandy who has been “moonlighting” in the Nissan-powered KCMG Oreca in the final honest of the race.

The result was sweet for the Russian G-Drive squad who missed out on championship success in the final round last year.

In the LMGTE ranks Porsche celebrated in similar fashion by taking the victory at the championship. Richard Lietz only finished fifth in his Porsche shared with Michael Christensen but that was enough to take the crown.

Fred Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet took the victory over the Ferrari of Toni Wilander and Gianmaria Bruni and the Aston Martin of Darren Turner and Jonny Adam.

After receiving a balance of performance boost prior to the race, Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda took the win in GTE-Am in an improved run for Aston Martin.

SMP Racing took the LMGTE-Am championship with Andrea Bertolini, Victor Shaytar and Aleksey Basov.

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