It was a magical FIA World Endurance Championship season finale for Porsche in Bahrain. The German brand won everything possible with their LMP1 and GTE factory teams.
In the very demanding GTE-Pro class, Porsche won the last 6-hour race of the year with Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki, enough to clinch the manufacturers' and teams' titles.
Porsche secured the drivers' title as well with Richard Lietz. The Austrian and long time Porsche factory driver ended the Bahrain event in fifth place sharing the #91 911 RSR with Michael Christensen.
Richard Lietz was very happy after taking a fully deserved GTE-Pro drivers' crown and gave full credits to him team-mate and the whole Porsche Team Manthey squad.
It wasn’t just a thrilling race, the whole week was full-on. Many thought, because of my points’ lead, I could just coast along and bring home the title. But today was six hours of pressure; a nonstop fight against cars in all classes.
After all, championship titles were at stake for many and therefore they didn’t hold back. Our strategy worked.
Patrick and Fred went for victory in their 911 RSR, we erred on the side of caution. Porsche did everything right today. I’m proud to be part of this team.