Porsche Motorsport extends championship
lead at the 6 Hours of Fuji 2017 in Japan despite rain, fog and red flag neutralizations.
Porsche Motorsport and its Official Timing Partner Chopard,
well positioned to defend their WEC titles.
Fuji International Speedway – Japan – October, 15th 2017
After their recent outstanding victories at Le Mans 2017, Nürburgring, in Mexico and in the USA, the Porsche Motorsport LMP1 teams came to Japan willing to extend their supremacy over the championship at the Six Hours of Fuji 2017 and prepare the final rounds of the WEC year. The hybrid race car driven by André Lotterer and his team mates, reached the finish line in third position. The sister-car composed of the trio, Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley, arrived in fourth position. Chopard takes great pride in being the official timing partner of Porsche Motorsport. Perfectly in line with the performance targets of the team, Chopard presented for the first time in Japan the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition, produced in a 100-piece limited serie, and embodying a pure performance thanks to a new Chopard movement: the high-frequency Calibre 01.11-M.
The six-hour race at the foot of Mount Fuji was held with persistent rain plus fog weather conditions and staged in only 14 degree Celsius ambient temperature and 16 degree track temperature. Interruptions and neutralisations influenced the track actions. The entire race tested the drivers and mechanics to the limit. Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy finished in third place. This year’s Le Mans winners Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley had started from pole position and came home fourth with Bamber impressively recording the fastest race lap – 1:37.702 minutes. The red flag came after four hours and 31 minutes and the race was not restarted.
With these results in Fuji, Porsche further extended its lead in the manufacturers’ standings. Porsche now counts 270 points, Toyota follows on 211.5 points after their double podium on home soil. Bamber, Bernhard and Hartley top the drivers’ rankings with 172 points, their advantage over the best placed Toyota drivers having shrunk to 39 points. Jani, Lotterer and Tandy remain in fourth position now on 98 points. This race marks the beginning of the ultimate battles as there are two more six-hour races to come before the end of the championship. At the eighth and penultimate 2017 WEC race in Shanghai on November 5th, Porsche and Chopard wants to convert its match point into a successful title defence.
High frequency for high performance – a new Superfast watch
This year, Chopard unveils a new watch, the Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition, a 100-piece limited serie. Exclusively available in Chopard boutiques, this new high-frequency watch by Chopard epitomises pure performance lightness, efficiency and technicality. The Superfast Power Control Porsche 919 HF Edition is a tribute from the Maison to its partner Porsche Motorsport’s success in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). It has a lot in common with the car that has been monopolising the podium at the latest championship races: the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Porsche will keep on fighting for all titles of FIA World Endurance Championship 2017 during the eighth of nine WEC rounds which will take place on November 5th in Shanghai, China.