Porsche Prepares For WEC Title Defense

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Defending Le Mans winners Porsche have entered a pair of prototypes in the June 18-19 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Porsche Photo)
The reigning FIA World Endurance Championship title holding Porsche entries will carry the Nos. 1 and 2 in 2016. (Porsche Photo)
The reigning FIA World Endurance Championship title holding Porsche entries will carry the Nos. 1 and 2 in 2016. (Porsche Photo)

STUTTGART, Germany – After the successful 2015 season that saw Porsche take the overall victory at Le Mans and won the constructors’ and drivers’ World Championship titles, Porsche finds itself in the role of the title defenders in 2016.

Accordingly, the two Porsche 919 Hybrids  will carry the Nos. 1 and 2.

“Competing with the starting numbers 1 and 2 is an honor and a challenge at the same time. We expect even stronger competition in 2016, but still want to be able to fight for race victories and try to defend our titles. In February our intensive test and training program kicked off in Abu Dhabi,” said Team Principal Andreas Seidl.

For Porsche’s third season since the return to the highly sophisticated top category of Le Mans prototypes, the 919 Hybrids have been significantly developed with the basic chassis structure and the powertrain concept remaining the same.

“Independently from our sporting targets, our most important task is to gather know-how for Porsche for future technologies. The WEC’s unique efficiency regulations, with the huge technical freedom, is the right platform for the company to develop and test innovations for road going sports cars,” said Fritz Enzinger, vice president of the LMP1 division at Porsche.

Back in November, Porsche announced the driver line-up that goes back to 2014 would remain unchanged. Reigning World Champions Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber will share the No. 1 car. The No. 2 sister car will be in the hands of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb.