Fresh from contesting the 84th-running of the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, World Endurance Championship competitors are already preparing for the next round of the series that takes place in Germany at the end of July, writes James Beckett.
The nine-round WEC campaign will continue at the Nurburgring on July 24, and the race organising Auromobile Club de l’Ouest have this week released the entry list for the 6-Hours of the Nurburgring.
Headlining the entry is the number 2 Porsche 919-Hybrid of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas - the car that sensationally won the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, when it took the lead from the number 5 Toyota with just one lap remaining of the classic endurance race.
The number 2 Porsche leads the WEC points table with 94, the car’s trio of drivers 39 points ahead of the Audi Sport driver line-up of Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval.
After a difficult start to the season, the number 1 Porsche 919-Hybrid car, driven by Vale racer Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard is struggling. The three racers are placed 19th in the Drivers’ Standings with just 3.5 points
Webber said: “We have not had the best start to the season. Sadly we failed to finish at Silverstone, and finished 27th at Spa. Thirteenth at Le Mans was also not as good as we had hoped, so we have lots of work to do to retain the number 1.”
The 6-Hours of Nurburgring will be the final European race of 2016, with events in Mexico, the United States, Japan, China and Bahrain to follow.
Webber added: “The World Endurance Championship is a global series, and we entertain crowds with some superb racing. It would be good to complete the European leg of the season with a strong result at the Nurburgring, especially as it is the home race for Porsche!”
The 6-Hours of the Nurburgring will also see LMP2 and GT cars in action.