Following an impressive season with four victories to date – including success in the prestigious 24-hour race at the Le Mans, the home round at the Nürburgring as well as two additional podiums – Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley are leading the WEC drivers’ championship. With an advantage of 51 points and 78 yet to be awarded, Schaeffler and Porsche have the chance of clinching an early title win at the upcoming event in Japan.
Another title within reach
Their teammates, Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy – also racing in a Porsche 919 Hybrid in the top LMP1 class – made for one-two wins in the last three races. In the manufacturers’ championship, Schaeffler and Porsche could also swing the title in their favor at this early point. It would be the third consecutive title win for both companies in both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship.
Fuji Speedway will host the third from last WEC race in 2017. The 4.563-kilometer track at the foot of the world-famous volcano has been a fixture on the calendar ever since the WEC’s 2012 inaugural season. Having participated in three events between 2014 and 2016, Schaeffler and Porsche, in 2015, celebrated a victory clinched by Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber.