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Hartley second in world endurance opener

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/04/2017

Brendon Hartley's team have been forced to settle for second place following a dramatic start to the World Endurance Championship series in England.

Kiwi driver Hartley was at wheel when his Porsche was passed by Toyota driver Sebastien Buemi of Switzerland with just 12 minutes remaining in the 6 Hours of Silverstone event.

It was the final act of an absorbing tactical race to kick-start the 2017 championship.

Toyota's two hybrid cars led early before heavy rain helped the two Porsches make up ground, including that of Hartley, fellow-Kiwi Earl Bamber and German Timo Bernhard.

Hartley and Bernhard were in the 2015 championship-winning Porsche, along with Australian Mark Webber.

That trio finished fourth last year before the retirement of former Formula One driver Webber prompted Bamber's promotion.

The second round is in Belgium on May 6.

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