For the second consecutive year Porsche has taken everything the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) has to offer: victory in Le Mans, winning the manufacturers’ world championship in Shanghai and this past weekend, the drivers’ world championship at the finale in Bahrain.
At the six-hour race in Bahrain the Porsche trio of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb secured the drivers’ title in the FIA World Endurance Championship. The 2016 Le Mans winners finished sixth in the final round of the WEC. This is the third win of the season for the trio including their wins at Silverstone and Le Mans.
Some of the Team’s History
This is the third consecutive season the team of Dumas/Jani/Lieb have shared a Porsche 919 Hybrid and it shows. From 2014 up until today they have set milestones, experienced highs and mastered lows.
- In 2014 they took the first three pole positions for the successful innovative Le Mans prototype.
- At the finale of their debut season, 2014 in Brazil, they achieved the 919’s maiden race victory to come third in the 2014 drivers’ world championship.
- Again in 2015 the tally was three pole positions and one race win, as well as third place in the championship.
- Most importantly, their race win in the breath-taking 2015 season finale in Bahrain enabled Porsche’s sister crew to become the drivers’ world champions.
Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, said: “This is a great season end for Porsche and a huge success for Romain Dumas, Mark Lieb and Neel Jani! My congratulations are from the depth of my heart. After these three were able to win Le Mans in June and the LMP1 team successfully defended the manufacturers’ world championship in Shanghai, now taking the drivers’ title as well is the icing on the cake of what was a demanding WEC season. After 2015, Porsche has now managed to take all the titles again. I’m very proud of the effort of every single person in the team. Respect!”