Porsche Pairing Snap Ferrari Streak In Japan

by James Broomhead

Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz took a convincing victory for Porsche and Team FelbermayrProton at the Six Hours of Fuji, the seventh round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

In doing so they completed the superb weekend, which also included pole position and top times all three free practice sessions, for the team taking their second WEC win of the season and snapping a streak of four wins for Ferrari in the LMGTE Pro class.

“That was a perfect weekend for us,” said Lietz. “From the very first day we were the fastest and could maintain our pace over the entire race distance. This is a wonderful success for the whole team.”

Lieb added, “This second win of the season is entirely of our own doing, without rain and without having benefited from a safety car phase. We were able to utilise the full potential of the 911 GT3 RSR on this track. The conditions were exactly what we had hoped for.”

“I’m thrilled about this win for the team and the drivers,” said Porsche’s head of motorsport, Hartmut Kristen. “What came out of the practice and qualifying has worked well in the race today. This victory was a well deserved reward for all the hard work they’ve done. It’s a great feeling to see our boys at the top of the podium again.”

In the LMGTE Am class the team of Gianluca Roda, Christian Ried and Paolo Ruberti finished third in class, making their sixth visit to the class podium of the season.

They lie second in the points’ standings with just the season finale – the Six Hours of Shanghai – remaining with a mathematical chance of overhauling current championship leaders Larbre Competition to cap Porsche’s year in the WEC off with some silverware.

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