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Victory for Porsche and Ferrari at COTA

 

Both Porsche (LM P1) and Ferrari (GTE-Pro) started on pole in their respective classes today at Circuit of The Americas and both brands continued that run of form with victory today in Texas.

New Zealanders Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley teamed with German veteran Timo Bernhard to score the victory in LM P1.

In the production GTE-Pro class Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado combined to take their Ferrari to victory lane despite suffering a late race puncture.

The win was the third consecutive COTA victory at Bernhard and Hartley who won the previous two years with Mark Webber.

The Porsche No. 2 crew has now also won four consecutive FIA WEC rounds.

“Another one-two is certainly great but it wasn’t easy today with lots of difficult situations in traffic. I was not happy with my opening stint,” Bernhard said.The car behaved differently than I’d expected

“The car behaved differently than I’d expected causing me to lose ground. When I was in the car for the second time, I had some good fights with the two Toyotas and could overtake Mike Conway.

“Of course we are pleased about the maximum points for the drivers’ championship, but our sister car would definitely have deserved the race win.”

In an effort to fight off the consistent performance of the Toyota squad, Porsche elected to have the No. 1 move over for the championship-leading No. 2 crew late in the race.

“Our sister car number 1 had the edge on us today,” Bamber said. They did a fantastic job with no mistakes and we also had a big challenge from Toyota. I’m sure they will be very strong in Fuji, so we have to keep working. Our car was good today, we had great stints and some battles to enjoy.”

“They did a fantastic job with no mistakes and we also had a big challenge from Toyota. I’m sure they will be very strong in Fuji, so we have to keep working. Our car was good today, we had great stints and some battles to enjoy.”

Nick Tandy, Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer finished second with Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi, Kaz Nakajima and Stephane Sarazin finishing third.

PORSCHE WINS AT COTA

EARL BAMBER

FERRARI TAKES GTE-PRO CLASS

ALESSANDRO PIER GUIDI

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