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Porsche’s LMP1 Team Posts Dominant 1-2 Finish in WEC 6 Hours of Mexico

Gary Watkins - AutoWeek
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September 4, 2017
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WEC - 2017 6 Hours of Mexico - Race Highlights (FIA)

Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard completed a World Endurance Championship hat trick Sunday as they led a dominant Porsche one-two in Mexico City to extend their lead in the championship points.

Porsche was never threatened by LMP1 rival Toyota over the course of the six-hour race, the two 919 Hybrids finishing a lap clear of the Japanese cars. The margin in favor of the championship leaders over teammates Nick Tandy, Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani was just seven seconds at the end of the 6 Hours of Mexico.

The lead for the Hartley car had been as much as nearly half a minute after Lotterer had to take a drive-through penalty after a problem with the pit lane limiter led to a speeding offense for Tandy, but Jani cut a 20-second deficit to Bernard in half over the course of the final stint as the German driver backed off.

The drive-through and a change of fuel flow meter for the winning car were the only hiccups encountered by Porsche as it followed up on its victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June and the Nürburgring in July.

The Toyota TS050 Hybrid was not competitive in Mexico City, the car lacking downforce at the high-altitude track.

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