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Porsche take third and fifth at the Fuji International Speedway
26 October 2016

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Porsche Speedway

In an exciting race lasting six hours at the Fuji International Speedway, Porsche managed to clinch third and fifth positions in the LMP1 class thanks to its two 919 Hybrids. The results mean that Porsche have retained their lead at the top of both the drivers' and manufacturers' classifications, with just two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship to come. With Toyota taking the victory in this race, Porsche now have 263 points in the manufacturers' standings, followed by Audi with 204 and Toyota with 174.

In the drivers' standings, Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) currently place fourth, after finishing third at the Fuji International Speedway, starting in second on the grid. Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) retain their spot at the top of the drivers' standings: after starting from sixth position on the grid, they finished the race in fifth place, meaning that their advantage over their closest rivals has now dropped to 23 points.

All three of the top manufacturers competing in this race finished within 18 seconds of each other: a close-fought battle with a great deal of drama along the way.

In car 1, Mark Webber sat at P2 for much of the race, handing over to Timo Bernhard after 36 laps, with Brendon Hartley taking over after lap 73. Webber retook his place behind the wheel after lap 110, handing the reins to Bernhard after lap 147. On lap 157, Bernhard claims P2 and closes the gap, but after 183 laps, a stop to switch to Hartley sees the team rejoining in P3. After a great battle with Kobayashi, the Japanese driver refuelled with no tyres change, while Hartley changes tyres after lap 220 and hands over to Webber. Balance problems with the Porsche meant no more fighting, and the team took third place.

Car 2 was plagued by problems with the Porsche's balance for much of the race. Despite gaining a position at the start, Dumas was back in P6 after the first lap, rising to P5 after the no. 7 Audi suffered problems on lap 15. The rest of the race involved plenty of problems: a loose rear end shortly after, tyre pick up affecting the aerodynamics after lap 73, and a front bodywork chance after lap 110. In the final stint from Jani, fifth proves to be the best position achievable, and Porsche retain their manufacturers' and drivers' standing leads.

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