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Hartley and Bamber third in Belgium

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/05/2017

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley. © Getty Images Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley. The car of Kiwi drivers Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber has crossed the line third at the Six Hours of Spa endurance motor race in Belgium.

Hartley, Bamber and German Timo Bernhard combined in a solid drive for Porsche but were beaten home over the closing stages by two Toyota rivals.

Hartley was at the wheel when their car was forced to pit and take on fuel with 15 minutes remaining. They were leading at that point.

The winners - Briton Anthony Davidson, Swiss Sebastien Buemi and Japan's Kazuki Nakajima - followed their win in the opening round at Silverstone with another victory to extend their overall lead.

The two New Zealanders' team were second in the first round and remain second overall.

Hartley is a former WEC series winner, in 2015 alongside Bernhard and Australian Mark Webber.

The third of nine rounds is the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 17, which carries double points.

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