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Despite the FIA World Endurance Championship's long summer break between the races in Le Mans (15th June) and the next outing in Austin, Texas (20th September), Porsche's LMP1 works drivers are not getting bored. In addition to testing with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, they have made numerous appearances for the company and indulged their high-speed hobbies.

Timo Bernhard's passion is driving Porsche cars – be it for the works team on the track or in a private capacity in rallying or recently hill climbing, too. Two weeks after the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he enjoyed taking part with his Porsche GT3 Cup as the course car in the Rallye Warndt in the German Saarland. With his team-mate Mark Webber he subsequently attended the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where he naturally also dropped by for the Porsche Supercup. The most successful holiday and family excursion came on 13th July - on son Paul's first birthday, Timo took overall victory in the 41st Homburg ADAC Hill Race in a Porsche 991 Cup (Typ 991) in Germany. The car is normally driven by Earl Bamber (NZ) in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland for Team 75 run by Timo's dad Rüdiger Bernhard. From 21st to 23rd July, Timo and LMP1 colleagues Brendon Hartley and Marc Lieb were busy testing at Paul Ricard, France, which was followed by a detour for Team 75 Berhard's participation at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, before it was then off on holiday with wife Katharina and little Paul. And where does a petrol head like Timo Bernhard go on holiday? To the very sedate area of Salzburger Land in Austria.

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To prepare for the second part of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) the Porsche Team has been testing with the Le Mans Prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid for three days at the Eurospeedway Lausitz near Dresden in Germany. The Porsche works drivers Neel Jani (Switzerland), Romain Dumas (France) and Mark Webber (Australia) covered 2,031 kilometres in total. The other three LMP1 works drivers, Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Marc Lieb (Germany) tested in July in Paul Ricard, South of France, where they did 2,167 kilometres.

Conditions at the Eurospeedway were fine from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive. The track was dry with ambient temperatures up to 20 degree Celsius and occasional gusty winds.

Team Principal Andreas Seidl drew a positive conclusion to the test: “The target is to systematically improve the 919 Hybrid’s performance. That wasn’t possible before the Le Mans 24-Hours as we had to focus on reliability and had to freeze the car specification. Nevertheless we saw the car’s potential and learnt a lot during the first three championship events. Now we are working our way through the job list. We have successfully tested here with improvements in all areas of the car. The introduction of our new aero update was important. It provides a higher downforce level and should help to improve the 919 Hybrid’s race performance for the remaining rounds of the championship. The team did an excellent job in preparing and conducting the test. Thanks to this we were able to complete our programme in its entirety and are really pleased with these three days.“

Early in September the Porsche 919 Hybrid will undergo another test before 20th September when the fourth of eight rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship is held in Austin, Texas (U.S.). The further four six-hour-races will take place in Fuji (Japan, 12th October), Shanghai (China, 2nd November), Sakhir (Bahrain, 15th November) and São Paulo (Brazil, 30th November).

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Next Events

20.09.2014    6h Austin (USA)

12.10.2014    6h Fuji (J)

02.11.2014    6h Shanghai (CN)

15.11.2014    6h Bahrain (BAH)

30.11.2014    6h Sao Paulo (BR)

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