WEC 6 Hours of Silverstone – Race
Porsche 919 Hybrid race debut was a success
The eagerly awaited race debut of the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) was a success. The highly complex Le Mans Prototype took a podium at its first attempt in the action packed six hour race at Silverstone. Timo Bernhard (GER), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) came third in the Porsche 919 Hybrid after 165 laps on the 5.891 kilometre long track. The race was red flagged because of heavy rain 24 minutes before the planned six hours were completed. Webber brought the car home behind the safety car. The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (SUI) and Marc Lieb (GER) had to retire after 1 hour 15 minutes because of a technical problem. The overall victory went to Toyota drivers Sébastien Buemi (SUI), Anthony Davidson (GB) and Nicolas Lapierre (FR).
Mark Webber: “It’s been a brilliant day for us. I’m happy to have played a small role in the effort that’s gone in from the team and everyone back at the factory to get to this point. Timo and Brendon drove exceptionally as well. It was unfortunate for the other car, but it wasn’t their day. It was a tough race for all the drivers with tricky conditions, and drizzle on slick tyres is never easy. We managed to dodge a few bullets and survived some of the tricky phases. It was a great experience for me, I learnt so much today in the race. We were spot on with the pit stops in terms of the tyre strategy.”
Race result, LMP1, 6 hrs of Silverstone:
1. Davidson/Lapierre/Buemi (GB/F/SUI), Toyota TS040 Hybrid, 167 laps
2. Wurz/Sarrazin/Nakajima (AT/F/J), Toyota TS040 Hybrid, 1 lap behind
3. Bernhard/Webber/Hartley (GER/AUS/NZ), Porsche 919 Hybrid, 2 laps behind
4. Heidfeld/Prost/Beche (GER/F/SUI), Lola B12/60-Toyota, 8 laps behind
5. Pla/Canal/Rusinov (F/F/RUS), Morgan-Nissan, 13 laps behind
6. Bradley/Howson/Matsuda (GB/GB/J), Oreca 03-Nissan, 15 laps behind
Timon April 20, 2014 Reply
Awesome result so happy with the race going to he an exciting season for porche and the team.
mariellaon April 20, 2014 Reply
Great job!!! Congrats
kirstyon April 21, 2014 Reply
Great to see you on the podium for the first race after tricky conditions, well done. Looking forward to the next one..
Wendyon April 21, 2014 Reply
Congratulations to you and the team Not bad at all for a first outing! Wishing you continued success throughout the season. Always good to see you on the podium 🙂
Jill and Brianon April 21, 2014 Reply
Thank you for sharing some time with MWSC members Mark it was a truly unforgettable experience, one that will remain with us forever. Many congratulations on the podium, you and the team drove an awesome race in very difficult conditions. The first podium of many in your new venture and we’ll be behind you all the way. Good luck in Spa all the best champ.
Alfredoon April 22, 2014 Reply
Congratulations Mark! Third place is a very good one for the first race. GO MARK GO
Bidion April 22, 2014 Reply
Fantastic result for your 1st race in the new discipline. The only way is up the podium. Looking forward to the next race.
Dina A.on April 22, 2014 Reply
Really, really happy for you Mark! First race with Porsche, first podium! What a fantastic drive in very tricky conditions.. Great job #20 team! My 1st WEC race and 1st time at Silverstone.. what an emotional and proud moment to see you spraying champagne on the podium! Sweet, sweet, taste…
Mark, will always support ya !!
Will always believe in Aussie Grit !!
Looking forward to Spa! GOOD LUCK CHAMP !!
Love the new website
Greg Malon April 23, 2014 Reply
Congrats on an outstanding result in your first race with your new team.
I look forward to watching you this year from Oz and can’t wait for your next race.
Love the new Porsche…..!
Go Aussie Grit.!
Colon April 25, 2014 Reply
Congratulations great first outing keep it up,Col.
Susanon April 26, 2014 Reply
Congratulations on your podium finish Mark – great result first time out. Cheers from Oz:)