Porsche, the powerhouse of Stuttgart, and dominance in international sports car racing go togehter like … what? Jaegerschnitzel and mushroom gravy? Bockwurst and sauerkraut? Like any tasty combination you care to offer, folks, because this playground has been the property of Dr. Ing. Ferry and his descendants since before I went through Confirmation. It’s happened again, this time at the recent eight-hour finale for the FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain, where Porsche wrapped up the season title via a one-two finish in the GTE-Pro category. The winning entry just has to be one of the world’s most thematically and aesthetically perfect racing cars, the Porsche 911 RSR, which fittingly wrapped up its debut season with an international title.
It was the kind of Porsche putsch that would have made Ferry’s chest swell with pride: The Bahrain round marked the 911 RSR’s third win in the eight rounds that made up the pandemic-revised WEC season. The season actually spanned two calendar years, in keeping with current FIA WEC practice, as Porsche took the opening round last year at the historic Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom. Taking the overall win at the Bahrain International Circuit were teammates Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen, with Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni clawing their way from fourth on the grid to place second.