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Porsche Wins Lone Star Le Mans

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, September 18 2016
Winners of Saturday's World Endurance Championship race in Texas celebrate with their car.

Winners of Saturday’s World Endurance Championship race in Texas celebrate with their car.

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Reigning champions Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley drove to victory in Saturday’s 6 Hours of COTA, the Lone Star Le Mans event at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

The Porsche 919 Hybrid drivers’ win was their third straight in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

“I think it’s mega that we won our third consecutive race,” Bernhard said. “We’ve had a difficult start to the season, but today delivered another error-free race. It was really hard work today! On my first stint the sun was very low and blinding, which wasn’t nice. But the longer the race went and the cooler it became, the more we improved. We closed the gap to one Audi and then we were lucky to get a Full Course Yellow when we were due to pit anyway.”

The race featured strong performances from all of the LMP1 manufacturers – Audi, Porsche and Toyota –  as all three were represented on the podium.

The No.8 Audi of Lucas Di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval finished second and the No.6 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS 050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi took third.

The No.13 Rebellion Racing R-One-AER of Dominik Kraihamer and Alexandre Imperatori took a conclusive win in the LMP1 Privateer class to take over the lead in the championship standings.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, September 18 2016
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