The #1 919 Hybrid of Mark Webber, Timo Benhard and Brendon Hartley has taken its first win of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship as Porsche exerted its control over Audi and Toyota struggled in the Nurburgring 6 Hours.

The fourth round of the 2016 season, Porsche and Audi embarked on an evenly-matched tussle during the first-half of the race only for the #1 and #2 Porsches to begin stretching clear in the definitive final hours.

Indeed, Le Mans winners Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb seemed well on course for a win, only to lose time after tangling with a backmarker, opening the door for Webber, Bernhard and Hartley to stamp their mark on proceedings.

With a penalty for avoidable contact and an unscheduled stop hampering the #2 Porsche further in the closing stages, both Audi R18s would leapfrog him to finish second and third, the #8 car of Lucas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval leading the depleted two-man #7 car of Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler.

Following their heartbreak at Le Mans, Toyota couldn't bounce back in Germany, their cars finishing a lap and four laps off the lead respectively.

In the LMP2 class, Signatech-Alpine strengthened its grip on the championship with a third consecutive win in the hands of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi, ahead of the RGR Sport Oreca and the ESM Ligier completing the podium.

In the LM GTE Pro class, Ferrari finished 1-2 with the James Calado and Gimmi Bruni 458 GT Italia ahead of the sister Sam Bird and Davide Rigon machine, with the Danish Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen Aston Martin third despite leading much of the race.



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