Despite Toyota jumping out of the blocks early in the WEC season the season with two wins in the UK and Belgium, the 2017 LMP1 FIA World Endurance Manufacturer’s Championship has swung in favour of Porsche
With the German manufacturer unbeaten in the past four races the Weissach outfit hold a 73.5 point advantage over their Japanese rivals, Porsche need to finish just 14.5 points ahead of Toyota in Japan to clinch the 2017 FIA World Endurance Manufacturers Championship. However Porsche have only won once in Japan to Toyota’s four victories at Fuji International Speedway since 2012, so anything can happen in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
1 Porsche 242
2 Toyota 168.5
In the LMP FIA World Endurance Driver’s Championship Brendon Hartley, Earl Bamber and Timo Bernhard took their fourth win of the year in Texas and have extended their lead to 51 points. The Porsche trio are currently on 159 points with Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps winners, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi, on 108 points. Anthiny Davidson, who missed the race in the USA, remains on 93 ponts, 15 behind his teammates.
If Hartley, Bamber and Bernhard finish ahead of Nakajima and Buemi and are at least 52 points in front of their nearest rivals, they will secure the 2017 FIA World Endurance Driver’s Championship, the first for Bamber and the second for Hartley and Bernhard.
1 Brendon HARTLEY Porsche Team 159
1 Earl BAMBER Porsche Team 159
1 Timo BERNHARD Porsche Team 159
2 Kazuki NAKAJIMA Toyota Gazoo Racing 108
2 Sébastien BUEMI Toyota Gazoo Racing 108
3 Anthony DAVIDSON Toyota Gazoo Racing 93
4 André LOTTERER Porsche Team 83
4 Neel JANI Porsche Team 83
4 Nick TANDY Porsche Team 83
4 Ho-Pin TUNG Jackie Chan DC Racing 64.5
4 Oliver JARVIS Jackie Chan DC Racing 64.5
4 Thomas LAURENT Jackie Chan DC Racing 64.5
5 Kamui KOBAYASHI Toyota Gazoo Racing 60.5
5 Mike CONWAY Toyota Gazoo Racing 60.5