Chopard congratulates Porsche Motorsport for winning WEC season all World Champion titles
The Porsche 919 Hybrid left a new mark on the WEC championship history. For Porsche Motorsport and its official timing partner Chopard, a perfect season has come to an end. Porsche has concluded the FIA World Endurance Championship 2015 in Bahrain by taking a sixth consecutive race win and a second title.
Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb took their first race victory this season with the Porsche 919 Hybrid #18. For Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber a fifth place at the six-hour race of Bahrain was enough to win the drivers’ world championship. They won the title with 166 points ahead of Audi’s first team (161 points) and the second Porsche LMP1 team (138.5 points). This year, Porsche teams expanded their leadership over endurance racing in front of Audi and Toyota.
The German manufacturer with its Official Timing Partner Chopard won in Shanghai the 2015 WEC Championship title and in Bahrain the 2015 Drivers’ World Champion title, two titles to add to the historical record of both Maisons. Mark Webber, Chopard’s ambassador said: “It’s the first Drivers World Championship for me – this feels beautiful. That’s not an easy thing to achieve, so to have won this title is very special. But to win it wearing a Porsche suit is even more special to me. The last time Porsche won this Championship was 29 years ago with Derek Bell.”
Chopard’s new ambassador, Brendon Hartley added: “I am very, very proud. My earliest memories are watching my father at the racetrack. I was six years old when I started racing go-karts and always dreamt of being a World Champion. I am extremely proud of sharing this moment with Mark, Timo and the entire Porsche Team. Every single person in the Porsche Team contributed to this. I will never forget this day, I am very proud!”
For the second year, Chopard continues to be the Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport. Perfectly in line with the spirit of Chopard’s Superfast watch collection, this prestigious partnership is an extension of the company’s longstanding commitment to automotive sports. In 2014, Chopard became “Official Timing Partner” of Porsche Motorsport for the German racing team’s grand comeback to endurance competition. That same year, to celebrate this exclusive partnership, Chopard launched a new Superfast chronograph inspired by the Porsche 919 Hybrid competing in the World Endurance Championship LMP1 category: the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition.
The Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition is entirely in tune with WEC racing. This imposingly sized chronograph with its 45 mm-diameter case and flyback function beats to the pace of a mechanical Chopard 03.05-M calibre, chronometer-certified by the COSC. This engine and its oscillating weight may be admired through a sapphire crystal engraved with the inscription “Official Timing Partner Porsche Motorsport”. Inspired by the new Porsche 919 Hybrid, the stripes on the dial evoke the racing car’s rear diffuser. Likewise, the “919” appearing in a red rectangle inside a 9 o’clock sub dial is identical to the number of the Porsche racing cars. Finally, the rubber strap is inspired by slick tyres serving to negotiate bends at extremely high speeds.
This sophisticated and powerful Superfast chronograph proclaims a highly exclusive nature that is a perfect match for the legendary Porsche cars, since the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition from Chopard is produced in a strictly limited 919-piece series. Commenting on the occasion, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele stated: “Porsche creates ultimate sports cars, successful in racing and exciting to drive on the road. Chopard shares this passion for performance and excellence. We are proud to have accompanied Porsche Motorsport as official timing partner for their second endurance racing season.”
The FIA World Endurance Championship will continue in 2016 for a third year partnership between Chopard and Porsche Motorsport.
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