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10.07.2017    Le Mans winners head to Nürburgring for home race

The Porsche LMP Team enters its home race at the Nürburgring on July 16th as the Le Mans winners and World Championship leaders. “The situation could hardly be any nicer”, Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1, happily confirms. “The Le Mans 24-Hours was endurance racing full of highs and lows. In the Eifel mountains we target a clean six-hour race and we certainly would love to win there for a third consecutive time as well. Our new aerodynamics package for higher downforce worked well at a recent test. Now our mission of defending both the World Championship titles, for manufacturers and drivers, is in full swing.”

Following three of nine rounds in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and after collecting double points at Le Mans, Porsche now leads the manufacturers’ standings on 111 points, 32.5 points ahead of Toyota (78.5 points). In the drivers’ championship, Le Mans winners Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) have scored 83 points giving them a 17 points lead over the best placed Toyota trio. Reigning World Champion Neel Jani (CH) and his partners André Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB) retired at Le Mans having led the race for over 10 hours and currently rank in fifth position (28 points).

The 29-car WEC field is divided into four classes for prototypes and GT sports cars. The six-hour race gets underway on Sunday 13:00 hrs. It can be followed live on the internet and TV from all over the world.

“I’m thrilled to go to the Nürburgring,” said Timo. “Next to Le Mans, my home race is the second highlight of the season for me. We’ve had the six-hour race at the ‘Ring’ on the calendar for the past two years and it was immediately very well received. The atmosphere, with the full grandstands and remarkably well- informed spectators, was absolutely great. In 2015 and 2016, we won and I wouldn’t mind continuing like this, another hat-trick would be superb. But I’m well aware that we face strong competition from the Toyotas as well as from our sister car.”

Schedule (local time):
Friday, July 14 2017 
11:35-13:05 free practice
16:15-17:45 free practice

Saturday, July 15 2017 
09:45-10:45 free practice
15:25-15:45 qualifying LMP1 & LMP2

Sunday, July 16 2017 
13:00-19:00 race

TV and live streaming:
- The official WEC App can be downloaded free of charge with an extended (not free of charge) version available which includes full live streaming and full timing. The live stream is voiced by the FIA WEC TV team including live interviews from the pits.
- The WEC races can be followed on various international TV channels in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, North and South America as well as in the Middle East and Africa. 

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