By winning a fourth race in a row, Porsche took an important step forward in the battle for the World Endurance Championship. After one-two results at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, at the Nürburgring and an outstanding victory in Austin Texas, the 919 Hybrid, the ground breaking hybrid race car, reached the finish line in first position driven by Mark Webber and his team mates. Led by Romain Dumas, the sister-car arrived in second position.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid won the six-hour race in Fuji in the hands of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Chopard ambassador Mark Webber. The sister car – shared by Romain Dumas – Chopard ambassador – Neel Jani and Marc Lieb – came second and secured another one-two result for Porsche, who holds the Le Mans winning record.
The race started with 40 minutes of running behind the safety car until the wet conditions eased off. By the halfway point, the #18 team of Romain Dumas, along with his co-drivers was leading by 52 seconds over Audi. At checkered flag, the two Porsche 919 Hybrid finished the race with a tiny gap of 14 seconds.
Fuji WEC race brought the fifth victory in total for the Porsche 919 Hybrid, after its maiden win at Interlagos in 2014 and Le Mans, Nürburgring and Austin- Texas in 2015. With its success at the rain-affected racetrack, Porsche extended its lead in the manufacturers’ (53 points ahead Audi) and drivers’ standings in the World Championship in front of Audi and Toyota. The German manufacturer with its Official Timing Partner Chopard are now in good position to win the WEC Championship this year.
With its victory at the sixth championship rounds of 2015, the hybrid car generated at Fuji up to 1,000 horsepower from fuel and electricity.
Porsche and Chopard: timing, precision and performance – a Superfast Chronograph
For the second year, Chopard is proud to be the Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport. Perfectly in line with the spirit of Chopard’s Superfast watch collection, this prestigious partnership is an extension of the company longstanding commitment to automotive sports. In 2014, Chopard became “Official Timing Partner” of Porsche Motorsport for the German racing team’s grand comeback to endurance competition. That same year, to celebrate this exclusive partnership, Chopard launched a new Superfast chronograph inspired by the Porsche 919 Hybrid competing in the World Endurance Championship LMP1 category: the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition.
The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition is entirely in tune with WEC racing. This imposingly sized chronograph with its 45 mm-diameter case and flyback function beats to the pace of a mechanical Chopard 03.05-M calibre, chronometer-certified by the COSC. This engine and its oscillating weight may be admired through a sapphire crystal engraved with the inscription “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport”. Inspired by the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, the stripes on the dial evoke the racing car’s rear diffuser. Likewise, the “919” appearing in a red rectangle inside a 9 o’clock subdial is identical to the number of the Porsche racing cars. Finally, the rubber strap is inspired by slick tyres serving to negotiate bends at extremely high speeds.
This sophisticated and powerful Superfast chronograph proclaims a highly exclusive nature that is a perfect match for the legendary Porsche cars, since the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition from Chopard is produced in a strictly limited 919-piece series reserved for those who are quick off the mark!
Chopard takes great pride in its partnership with Porsche during the FIA World Endurance Championship. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-president of Chopard states: “Porsche creates ultimate sports cars, successful in racing and exciting to drive on the road. Chopard shares this passion for performance and excellence. We are proud to accompany Porsche as official timing partner for their second endurance racing season.”
The FIA World Endurance Championship will continue on 1st November 2015 on the Shanghai Racetrack in China.