Quotes from Porsche drivers after the 6 Hours of Bahrain, the season finale of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Customer team Abu-Dhabi Proton Racing took the GTE-Am class victory with their #88 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Patrick Long, Khaled Al Qubaisi and David Heinemeier Hansson.
Patrick Long (Porsche 911 RSR #88):
It was a perfect race from start to finish for us. Everything ran really well, including the pit stop in the safety car phase, which definitely decided the race in our favour. My teammates again put in a strong drive and in the end it was my job to bring victory home safely.
Khaled Al Qubaisi (Porsche 911 RSR #88):
It’s wonderful to end the season with a win. I would like to thank the whole team for their untiring efforts, not just in the race but throughout the entire year. We are now second in the championship and we’ll be back in 2017 to fight for the title.
David Heinemeier Hansson (Porsche 911 RSR #88):
What a great way to finish the season. Not only because we won but also because Porsche occupied the first two places in the GTE-Am class. A strong performance.
Wolf Henzler (Porsche 911 RSR #78):
We are delighted to be back on the podium, but we could have won today. The only safety car phase of the race cost us the victory. It happened one-and-a-half laps after we’d been in the pits. Our teammates used it for their pit stop and surely made up 50 seconds because of it. We simply weren’t able to make up the difference, although we pulled out all stops and tried everything.
Christian Ried (Porsche 911 RSR #78):
After four podiums from the last four races we actually wanted to score our first victory here. Unfortunately we’ll have to postpone it until 2017. Thank you to the entire team for the great pit stops and for the excellently prepared 911 RSR.
Joel Camathias (Porsche 911 RSR #78):
Unfortunately we experienced a little bad luck again at the season finale. We’ve never been as close to victory as we were today. It’s a shame it didn’t work out. Still, five podiums in a row are not too bad.
Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #77):
We were actually feeling quite confident that we’d finish further up the field but unfortunately that didn’t happen. It was a tough year in the WEC. Still, we never gave up and, despite everything, we gained important experience.
Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #77):
That was a difficult season for us. Now it’s over and we can look forward to 2017 and the new 911 RSR.