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  • Porsche 919 hybrid named, LMP1 driver squad complete
    Porsche AG announces its driver line-up and the vehicle name for its return to the top category of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2014, with the season highlight in Le Mans: On the occasion of the Porsche Night of Champions this Saturday in Weissach, the young New Zealander Brendon Hartley (24) and long-standing Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (33) from Germany have been confirmed as regular drivers in the LMP1 race car, officially called the “Porsche 919 hybrid”. Already signed on for the LMP1 project are the drivers Timo Bernhard (DE, 32), Romain Dumas (FR, 36), Neel Jani (CH, 30) and the Australian Mark Webber (37).Wolfgang Hatz, Board Member for Research and Development at Porsche AG, stated: “We are very proud of our strong international driver line-up. Three of the six drivers come from our own Porsche driver squad, two were even Porsche juniors. This is something…
    Murphy Prototypes has won the final round of the 2013 European Le Mans Series (ELMS), the 3 Hours of Paul Ricard, and is celebrating its first race win in the Hertz-liveried #18 Oreca-Nissan LMP2 thanks to impressive driving, a near faultless car and a sound race strategy. Swiss racing driver Jonathan Hirschi was first out in the car and started the race from second on the grid thanks to an impressive qualifying session from team-mate Brendon Hartley (NZ) earlier today (28 September). The team chose to qualify on the harder tyre compound so it could start the race on a set capable of double-stinting.  After two stints of 23 laps each, Hirschi handed the car over to Hartley who headed out onto the track with a set of new hard tyres. More than 48 seconds behind the race leader, Hartley began his charge and closed the gap down at around four seconds…

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