17 Jul 2017

NZ drivers take 6-hour race

11:04 am on 17 July 2017

New Zealand drivers Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber alongside team mate Timo Bernhard have won the Nurburgring six hour race in Germany overnight.

Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley.

Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The win in their Porsche 919 Hybrid is their second of the 2017 World Endurance Championship season after their success at Le Mans last month.

The victory came after a thrilling battle between the two Porsche 919 Hybrid racers which saw the lead swapped numerous times.

The two Porsches were rarely more than four or five seconds apart during the entire six-hour race but it was the reigning title-winning car which triumphed to give both Bernhard and Hartley their 10th WEC wins and Bamber his 3rd.

At one stage, in the fourth hour, Bamber lost the lead to his fellow 2015 Le Mans winner Nick Tandy, after having to take avoiding action when Tor Graves spun his TRS Racing LMP2 car in front of the Kiwi at the chicane.

The result today ensures that Hartley, Bernhard and Bamber have extended their lead in the championship to 30 points as the European leg of the 2017 WEC comes to an end.

The WEC heads to Mexico next for the first weekend of September.