WEC Fuji 2015: Porsche with fourth victory

WEC Fuji 2015
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T imo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley clinched their third win of the season in a row at the Japanese World Championship, overtaking their toughest rivals André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler, who were one lap behind, in third place. The Porsche trio is now leading the drivers' standings by one point.

Porsche wins on the scared track

After all the practice sessions and qualifying had taken place in dry conditions, the fans at Mount Fuji welcomed them Heavy rain on the morning of the race - which meant that all previous knowledge about the balance of power in the LMP1 class was invalid. This also applied to the assessment that the slope in Fuji, Japan, before the sixth World Championship round, was classified internally by Porsche as the most difficult challenge of the season for the two 919-LMP1s because of the contradicting aerodynamic requirement profile - ultra-long straights versus tight combinations of corners - It's a headache. Nevertheless, Porsche was able to take first and second place in qualifying, but this time only a few tenths of a second ahead of the Audi R18.

The race started behind the safety car and was only released on lap 15. Porsche lost the one-two lead on the first lap because the leader, Mark Webber, made a slip in the wet and also irritated teammate Romain Dumas. But the two LMP1 Porsches quickly worked their way through the field again, after the first stop they were behind Marcel Fässler's leading Audi, after 71 laps Romain Dumas was able to overtake Fässler and after the second stop the Porsche one-two lead was restored, from the middle of the race it was firmly established.

Stable management at Porsche and Audi

Porsche was able to take the lead over one Extend lap on Audi, also because the leading 919 of Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Neel Jani missed out on almost a minute at a stop during a full course yellow. And because Lotterer switched to slicks too early and had to make an additional stop, only to switch back a short time later. Porsche only had one problem: the wrong car was leading, the Porsche team-mates, who were better placed in terms of points, had to be brought forward - Audi was faced with the same problem, precisely because Lotterer had fallen behind the team-mates because of the additional tire pit stop.

Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander win in GT class

In drying conditions, Audi was generally not as strong as at the start of the race, while the Porsches got faster and faster as the race progressed. Remarkable: For the first time, Audi did not lose as much time on Porsche during the pit stops as it has since the Le Mans 24h race. Apparently the Bavarians compensated for at least part of the disadvantage when refueling.

Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander won the GT class. Porsche was in the lead in the middle of the race, but then Olaf Manthey's works team made a mistake when choosing tires on both 911 RSRs, which resulted in an additional pit stop. Ferrari driver Gianmaria Bruni was able to take the lead again and clinched the class win.

In the GT class, the stable management at Porsche that had once been carried out was even reversed because only Patrick Pilet in the 911, which was poorly placed in the championship, was capable of the Ferrari drivers Calado and, who were second in the championship To displace Rigon from second place on the race track - which was also achieved a few minutes before the end. Richard Lietz continues to lead the driver GT classification.

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