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Shanghai WEC: Allan McNish puts Audi on top in first practice

Audi Shanghai WECAllan McNish and Tom Kristensen put Audi on top in a tight opening session of the final round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship at Shanghai.

McNish, still in narrow contention for the drivers' crown, set the pace with an early best of 1m52.219s.

While that remained unbeaten for the remainder of the session, both Toyota and the sister Audi R18 e-tron quattro came extremely close, with the trio separated by just 0.152s as the chequered flag fell.

The Strakka Racing HPD ARX-03a was again best of the rest, finishing as the fastest privateer LMP1 entry and just one second down on the factory cars.

In contrast to the tight LMP1 battle, the ADR-Delta ORECA-Nissan put in an emphatic early showing to finish more than 1.5s clear in LMP2.

Fresh from dominating last time out in Fuji, the Felbermayr-Proton Porsche 911 GT3-RSR set the pace in GTE Pro.

Aston Martin had been leading the chase, but in the final minute Gianmaria Bruni put the AF Corse Ferrari 458 second, less than three hundredths of a second in arrears.

The Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 meanwhile claimed GTE Am honours.

Pos  Cl     Drivers                         Team/Car                Time
 1.  P1     Kristensen/McNish               Audi                    1m52.219s
 2.  P1     Wurz/Lapierre                   Toyota                  1m52.365s
 3.  P1     Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer       Audi                    1m52.371s
 4.  P1     Leventis/Watts/Kane             Strakka HPD             1m53.279s
 5.  P1     Brabham/Chandhok/Dumbreck       JRM HPD                 1m53.669s
 6.  P1     Prost/Jani                      Rebellion Lola-Toyota   1m54.594s
 7.  P1     Baguette/Kraihamer/Sato         OAK Pescarolo-Honda     1m55.082s
 8.  P1     Belicchi/Primat/Chen            Rebellion Lola-Toyota   1m55.600s
 9.  P2     Martin/Graves/Beche             ADR-Delta ORECA-Nissan  1m56.227s
10.  P2     Holzer/Schultis                 Lotus Lola-Lotus        1m57.746s
11.  P2     Perez Companc/Minassian/Kaffer  Pecom ORECA-Nissan      1m57.851s
12.  P2     Potolicchio/Dalziel/Sarrazin    Starworks HPD           1m58.019s
13.  P2     Charouz/Rossiter/Weeda          Lotus Lola-Lotus        1m58.150s
14.  P2     Nicolet/Lahaye/Pla              OAK Morgan-Nissan       1m58.187s
15.  P2     Zugel/Gonzalez/Julian           Greaves Zytek-Nissan    1m58.757s
16.  P2     Panciatici/Ragues/Rusinov       Signatech ORECA-Nissan  1m58.982s
17.  P2     Mailleux/Lombard/Tresson        Signatech ORECA-Nissan  1m59.452s
18.  P2     Giroix/Ihara/Deletraz           Gulf Lola-Nissan        2m00.213s
19.  GTE P  Lieb/Lietz                      Felbermayr Porsche      2m06.834s
20.  GTE P  Fisichella/Bruni                AF Ferrari              2m06.861s
21.  GTE P  Mucke/Turner                    Aston Martin            2m06.975s
22.  GTE P  Bertolini/Beretta               AF Ferrari              2m07.940s
23.  GTE A  Krohn/Jonsson/Rugolo            Krohn Ferrari           2m08.345s
24.  GTE A  Kauffman/Aguas/Waltrip          AF Ferrari              2m08.846s
25.  GTE A  Belloc/Bourret/Gibon            Larbre Corvette         2m08.968s
26.  GTE A  Ried/Roda/Ruberti               Felbermayr Porsche      2m09.005s
27.  GTE A  Bornhauser/Canal/Lamy           Larbre Corvette         2m09.134s
28.  GTE A  Camathias/Palttala/Bell         JWA Porsche             2m10.517s
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