Chopard congratulates Porsche Motorsport drivers and Chopard ambassadors, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber, for Win in Mexico
Last weekend (3rd September 2016), at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (race track) in Mexico City, Porsche Motorsport LMP1 teams won at the World Endurance Championship (WEC) inaugural race of the Six Hours of Mexico 2016. The two Porsche 919 Hybrid cars crossed the finish line in 1st and 4th place.
Read Mark Webber’s Blog about the race.
Six Hours of Mexico 2016 Race through drivers’ eyes:
“Brendon started the race and managed to pass both the sister Porsche and the #7 Audi to take second place behind the #8 Audi. The leading Audi then locked up and hit the barriers just after the first hour point, allowing Mark through, who had taken over driving duties of the #1 car. The close battle with the #8 ended when they suffered from a broken wheel bearing, all but ending their chances of a result. Despite a scare in the closing laps of the race for Timo, who tapped the barrier after being caught out in the wet conditions, Mark and his teammates went on to win their second race in a row and become the first winners of the 6 Hours of Mexico.”
Porsche Motorsport now leads the constructors’ ranking for 2016 after winning four out of nine races in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the iconic 24-Hours of Le Mans.
The reigning world champion team of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber in Porsche car #1 won the inaugural six-hour race in Mexico City.
Porsche Motorsport team #2 of Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb finished 4th but extended their lead in the drivers’ world championship after winning Le Mans 2016.
Chopard’s ambassador Mark Webber commented: “Another race win for Porsche and the number 1 crew. During my stint in the first third of the race I had a great battle with Lucas Di Grassi, and he was hunting me down for almost the entire stint. The call of the day was to manage traffic and find a rhythm. Also the track was pretty changeable.”
Brendon Hartley commented: “What a race, I’m very happy about this race win.”
Porsche and Chopard: timing, precision and performance.
A Superfast Chronograph
The fastest race lap on the 4.304-kilometre Formula One track was achieved at superfast speed by Chopard’s ambassador Brendon Hartley in 1 min 25.880 sec.
In 2014, Chopard became “Official Timing Partner” of Porsche Motorsport for ‘The Return’ to endurance competition. Chopard launched a Superfast Porsche 919 Edition chronograph (919-piece limited edition US$12,890) inspired by the Porsche 919 Hybrid car competing in the World Endurance Championship LMP1 category.
Chopard is proud to be the official timing partner of the Porsche Motorsport WEC team and presented the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition chronograph (100-piece limited edition US$16,560) for the first time in the Americas. The watch design codes are inspired by the Porsche 919 Hybrid car for 2016 season.
The 45 mm-diameter case is made of titanium – an ultra-light material utilised in endurance racing – that is bead-blasted, blackened by a DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) treatment ensuring an extremely scratch-resistant coating, and is water-resistant to 100 metres.
The ‘engine’ inside the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition is the Chopard Calibre 03.05-M. It was designed like an authentic engine, entirely produced and assembled in Chopard’s Fleurier Ebauches workshops; this mechanical self-winding chronograph movement provides a 60-hour power reserve and features a flyback chronograph function.
Don’t just take my word for it; read the CHOPARD Diary to see what they say about the watch.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).