Webber vows to fight for title after German victory

Mark Webber (left) with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley - winners of Sunday's 6-Hours of Nurburgring
Mark Webber (left) with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley - winners of Sunday's 6-Hours of Nurburgring

Mark Webber and his Porsche team-mates, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, won Sunday’s 6-Hours of Nurburgring, the fourth round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The crew of the number 1 Porsche 919-Hybrid finished the six-hour race 53 seconds ahead of the Audi R18 of Lucas di Grassi, Loic Duval and Oliver Jarvis to record just their first win of the season.

Having dominated the second half of 2015 to capture the WEC crown, Webber, Bernhard and Hartley had been out of luck this year, failing to finish two of the first three races.

This weekend proved different though, as the number 1 car took control, first from its sister car, the #2 Porsche 919-Hybrid of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas, and then the two Audi machines.

Webber and his fellow Porsche racers have now moved into eighth position in the Drivers’ Standings with 28.5 points. The #1 Porsche trio lead the way with a total of 106.

After the race, Webber said: “This is a great to repeat a success from last season. This race was very important for us to win in so many ways – both for Porsche and also for us as a team. The championship season is far from over and we are still fighting to try and win the championship again.”

A mammoth 58,000 visitors attended to watch stars of the WEC around the famous Nurburgring track set deep in Germany’s Eiffel region.

At the head of the race, Porsche and Audi cars battled throughout, the four German machines considerably outpacing the two Toyota cars that so nearly won the Le Mans 24-Hour Race last month.

Webber added: “I am very happy for Porsche to win their home race. It was tough against strong opposition and this is great for the mechanics of this car – all who have suffered during the last few races.

“We had some great battles with Audi, and I wasn’t really bothered which of our two cars won today, I am glad we did, but the most important thing was to beat Audi.”

Following Sunday’s race, the European leg of the World Endurance Championship is at an end, and teams will now prepare for the flyaway races that will complete 2016.

The 6 Hours of Mexico is the next round, and the race, the first visit of the WEC to Central America, will take place on September 3 at the Circuit Hermanos Rodriguez.