Former F1 driver Mark Webber, along with teammates Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard, has won the 2015 World Endurance Championship Drivers’ title after finishing fifth at the season-finale in Bahrain on Saturday.
Webber arrived at the Bahrain International Circuit with a healthy margin over his chief rivals in the #7 Audi. He only required a fourth place result to seal the title. And after qualifying on pole position, things seemed to be heading in the right direction for Webber.
However, the race went far from perfect for the Australia as his Porsche required two lengthy pitstops to repair a faulty engine actuator. During his last two stints, Webber remained without hybrid power and stopped briefly on track multiple times, before successfully restarting the car.
Despite the obvious car issues which compromised his pace, the 39 year old managed to hold on to fifth place, which was enough to win the title.
The race victory went to the #18 Porsche of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb. Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Trelluyer could only finish second in the lead Audi, losing the championship by five points. The podium was completed by the #2 Toyota of retiring Alexander Wurz, and Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway.
by Rachit Thukral