The Kansas City Royals clobbering the Mets 7-2 in a thrilling Game 5 of the World Series — the Royals’ first World Series win since an equally storied run in 1985 — wasn’t the only decades-long dry spell that ended this weekend. The Number 17 Porsche 919 Hybrid notched its fourth straight endurance win at the FIA WEC Six Hours of Shanghai, giving Porsche its first World Manufacturers Title in thirty years.
The long dry spell isn’t the only reason that the win is especially sweet for Porsche. The company has assembled a racing team of which it can be justifiably proud. Their drivers — especially Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, and Brendon Hartley, who drive the Number 17 — have proven as reliable as their cars (the team’s win streak extends to five races if you count the No. 19’s first-place finish at Le Mans). And those cars, two Porsche 919 Hybrids, have brought Porsche Racing farther in two years than the company likely dared to dream was possible. And that wasn’t even the only Porsche victory on Sunday, since a Porsche 911 RSR also took best-in-class honors — for the third time this season — with Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen behind the wheel.
Porsche’s strong performance means that the company has sewn up the World Manufacturer’s Title ahead of the final race of the series, which will be held later this month in Bahrain. The 6 Hours of Bahrain takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir on November 21. The Bernhard/Webber/Hartley team are overwhelming favorites at this point, holding a formidable 12-point lead in the lead-up to Bahrain.
We’ll be watching with bated breath when Porsche takes center stage later this month. In the meantime, if you’d like a taste of what’s made the company such a dominant force in FIA WEC racing, come to Porsche of Nashua. Test drive the 2016 Porsche 911, or if you’d like some luxury with your swagger, get behind the wheel of a 2016 Porsche Panamera.