Porsche drivers Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber & Timo Bernhard win 2016 6 Hours of ShanghaiEnlarge Photo
Porsche has done it again. The automaker from Stuttgart was named the winner of the Manufacturers’ title in the 2016 World Endurance Championship at the conclusion of the 6 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday.
There’s still the 6 Hours of Bahrain on November 19 but Porsche enjoys an unbeatable 301 points. Audi is second with 222 points and Toyota is third with 207 points.
In the Drivers’ Championship, Porsche’s Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb driving the number 2 919 Hybrid are in the lead with 152 points. Toyota drivers Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Stephane Sarrazin are closes behind, though; the drivers of the number 6 TS050 Hybrid sit on 135 points. In third are the drivers of the number 8 Audi R18 e-tron, Lucas Di Grassi, Loïc Duval and Oliver Jarvis, who sit on 121.5 points.
Porsche took both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ titles in 2015 and looks set for a repeat in 2016, although Toyota’s Conway, Kobayashi and Sarrazin have a chance at the Drivers’ title. The 2015 winners were Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber. They are currently fourth in the rankings and the winners of Sunday’s race in Shanghai.
It’s been an exciting season filled with plenty of drama. This year we saw Audi announce the end of its World Endurance efforts, Webber announce his retirement from motorsport, and both joy and pain at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] marked a historic win with its GT supercar in the GTE Pro class and Toyota lost its chance of a first overall win due to car trouble in the closing minutes of the race.