Mark Webber says his #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid squad owe its sister car a huge favour after obeying team orders for a late switch to allow them to take a third straight win and move to the top of the World Endurance Championship drivers' standings by just a single point.

The former Formula 1 driver paid tribute to his team-mates Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas in the #18 Porsche for enabling them to take victory in the Fuji 6 Hours while securing a Porsche 1-2 and hailed it a 'perfect day' for the German manufacturer.

"It was #18's day today, they deserved the win but obviously there was a flip in the end of positions but it was an ultimate team day," Webber said. "Romain, Marc and Neel drove sensationally today and we owe them one in the future. On the other side we needed those points to put the pressure on Audi, so it was a big day for Porsche."

Jani and the #18 Porsche now sit third in the WEC drivers' championship and the Swiss has ruled his squad out of the championship battle to make two-way title fight between the leading Audi and Porsche cars.

"We just agreed [to let #17 pass] because the problems we've had in the past three races with the technical issues has cost us the championship more or less," Jani said. "We are a team and we agreed even if we were in the lead we must let #17 past and that is what we did today.

"In the end of the race it is hard, clearly for all three of us because we wanted that win and we've been close all year. Today everything went perfect but that is life sometimes and it could always turn around at some stage."



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