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Porsche enjoy a stellar 2016 WEC campaign

Porsche enjoy a stellar 2016 WEC campaign

19/12/2016 at 17:07

Porsche dominated the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

" Memories are not created by mere dreams. Memories are created by working hard for them; memories are created by treading your own path; by seizing the right moments and by showing your fighting spirit until the last second."

Porsche seized the right moments and showed fighting spirit until the last minute during an incredible 2016 WEC season for the German automobile manufacturer.

Not only did they claim the overall World Endurance Championship but they also won the iconic Le Mans in the most dramatic of circumstances.

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Leading by over 60 seconds with less than two minutes reaming, it had looked like Toyota would be celebrating a maiden victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

However, Kazuki Nakajima’s Toyota TS050 Hybrid lost all power in the closing moments, and Neel Jani swooped to take the win for Porsche – their second win on the bounce and 18th overall.

A water pump issue had seen Porsche lose their no.1 car of Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley shortly before midnight but Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb brought it home..

A Porsche 919 Hybrid from the team of Timo Bernhard of Germany, Mark Webber of Australia and Brendon Hartley of New Zealand, takes a corner during the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship race in Shanghai on November 6, 2016

A Porsche 919 Hybrid from the team of Timo Bernhard of Germany, Mark Webber of Australia and Brendon Hartley of New Zealand, takes a corner during the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship race in Shanghai on November 6, 2016AFP

Le Mans was part of a wildly successful season that saw Porsche crowned overall champions after taking wins at six of the nine rounds.

Such was Porsche’s dominance, they were confirmed a consecutive World Endurance Championship with a race to spare.

“Mechanics, engineers and drivers and many more people behind the scenes were fighting hard for this, and have now been rewarded for the second time after 2015.

“This doesn’t prove only the 919 Hybrid’s potential, but also the excellence of the team. I want to thank everybody from my heart.”

Porsche’s mission to create a #FutureSportscar continues.

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