On Saturday, November 5th, Porsche raced at the 6 hours of Shanghai in the World Endurance Championship and the won the manufacturer’s title with one race still left in the season. This is a tremendous accomplishment for a team that stepped out of this level of racing back after they won back in 1998. At that time, they won their 16th overall finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this is the most prestigious endurance race in the world. Their stablemate Audi then took over and had won 12 overall victories at the 24 Hour until Porsche decided to return in 2014 to reclaim their title. Porsche’s return to top tier racing was monumental, everyone’s eyes were on the former champions. They ran an amazing race for a team with a brand new car and being the underdogs but sadly they succumbed to a mechanical failure in the 22nd hour and were forced to retire. This gave Audi their 13th overall win.
Porsche came back in 2015 and won both the 24 Hour as well as the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2015 and again did the same this year winning the 24 Hour in a nail biter with Toyota leading the race up until the 23:55 mark when they had a mechanical failure giving the win to a very surprised Porsche Team giving them their 18th overall win at Le Mans. They then clinched the Manufacturer’s Title on Saturday when they won the 6 Hours of Shanghai leaving the 6 Hours of Bahrain on November 19th as the final race of the season.
Date Posted: November 7, 2016