Dominant victory for Mark Webber's #1 Porsche in Shanghai WEC

Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley dominated the Shanghai round of the World Endurance Championship to seal a second consecutive manufacturers' crown for Porsche

Dominant victory for Mark Webber's #1 Porsche in Shanghai WEC

The reigning world champions' 919 Hybrid led from halfway around the opening lap and was in control of the race from the beginning on the way to a 59-second victory.

Hartley was able to pull a gap on the chasing pack during his opening double stint and then Bernhard was able to extend the advantage over team-mate Marc Lieb during the third stint.

Toyota maintained its faint hopes of winning the drivers' crown with second place for Kamui Kobayashi, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway, despite twice being delayed by a slow puncture.

They were back ahead of the Porsche of Lieb, Dumas and Neel Jani before the final round of pitstops.

Both Toyota TS050 HYBRIDs double-stinted their tyres through a second short stint at the end, which allowed Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima to jump ahead of the second Porsche.

Hartley said: "It wasn't an easy race; the first stint I was pushing hard to try to make a gap.

"It was a tricky race tactically and if the #6 Toyota hadn't had its punctures, I would have been a lot hotter at the end."

Audi had a disastrous race at the first WEC round since the announcement of its withdrawal from the prototype ranks.

Loic Duval, Lucas di Grassi and Olivier Jarvis were unable to keep their faint hopes of the title alive with a distant fifth place.

Di Grassi ran second for all but the first three laps of the opening couple of stints, but a refuelling problem at the first round of pitstops when the car failed to get a full load of fuel resulted in an early second stop.

The car lost time refueling at every subsequent stop and was three laps down at the finish in fifth.

Treluyer and co-drivers Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler were never in the hunt and lost time in the garage on the way to sixth after a clash with team-mate Jarvis.

The ByKolles squad took privateer LMP1 honours with the CLM-AER P1/01 shared by Pierre Kaffer, Oliver Webb and Simon Trummer after the solo Rebellion-AER R-One encountered engine problems.

G-Drive Racing dominated LMP2 on the way to a second victory of the season for Will Stevens, Alex Brundle and Roman Rusinov aboard its Jota-run ORECA-Nissan 05.

They finished a lap up on the Extreme Speed Motorsport Ligier-Nissan JSP2 of Tom Blomqvist, Antonio Giovinazzi and Sean Gelael.

Fourth place for Signatech Alpine trio Nicolas Lapierre, Stephane Richelmi and Gustavo Menezes was enough to give them the P2 crown even though they finished behind closest rivals Bruno Senna, Filipe Albuquerque and Ricardo Gonzales in the RGR Sport Ligier.

Ford dominated GTE Pro to take a second consecutive one-two.

Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell again took honours in front of Stefan Mucke and Olivier Pla, whose Ford GT was delayed by a slow puncture.

Aston Martin drivers Pedro Lamy, Mathias Lauda and Paul Dalla Lana took a fifth class victory of the season in GTE Am.

RESULT

Pos Class Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 195 6h00m27.901s
2 LMP1 S.Sarrazin, M.Conway, K.Kobayashi Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 195 59.785s
3 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota 195 1m06.038s
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 195 1m40.855s
5 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 192 3 Laps
6 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 181 14 Laps
7 LMP1 S.Trummer, O.Webb, P.Kaffer ByKOLLES Racing Team CLM/AER 181 14 Laps
8 LMP2 R.Rusinov, A.Brundle, W.Stevens G-Drive Racing ORECA/Nissan 180 15 Laps
9 LMP2 A.Giovinazzi, T.Blomqvist, S.Gelael Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 179 16 Laps
10 LMP2 R.Gonzalez, B.Senna, F.Albuquerque RGR Sport by Morand Ligier/Nissan 179 16 Laps
11 LMP2 G.Menezes, N.Lapierre, S.Richelmi Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 179 16 Laps
12 LMP2 R.Dalziel, P.Derani, C.Cumming Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/Nissan 179 16 Laps
13 LMP2 N.Minassian, M.Mediani, M.Aleshin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 177 18 Laps
14 LMP2 V.Petrov, V.Shaytar, K.Ladygin SMP Racing BR Engineering/Nissan 177 18 Laps
15 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, P-L.Chatin Baxi DC Racing Alpine Alpine/Nissan 176 19 Laps
16 LMP2 M.Rao, R.Bradley, A.Lynn Manor ORECA/Nissan 174 21 Laps
17 GTE Pro A.Priaulx, H.Tincknell Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 170 25 Laps
18 GTE Pro S.Mucke, O.Pla Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK Ford 170 25 Laps
19 GTE Pro G.Bruni, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 170 25 Laps
20 GTE Pro N.Thiim, M.Sorensen Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 170 25 Laps
21 GTE Pro D.Rigon, S.Bird AF Corse Ferrari 168 27 Laps
22 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 168 27 Laps
23 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 166 29 Laps
24 LMP1 M.Tuscher, D.Kraihamer, A.Imperatori Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 166 29 Laps
25 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 166 29 Laps
26 GTE Am C.Ried, W.Henzler, J.Camathias KCMG Porsche 166 29 Laps
27 GTE Am K.Al Qubaisi, D.H.Hansson, P.Long Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 166 29 Laps
28 GTE Am P.Ragues, R.Taylor, R.Brandela Larbre Competition Chevrolet 164 31 Laps
29 GTE Am M.Wainwright, A.Carroll, B.Barker Gulf Racing Porsche 164 31 Laps
- GTE Pro R.Stanaway, D.Turner Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 1 Accident
- LMP2 T.Graves, R.Gonzalez, M.Beche Manor ORECA/Nissan 0 Accident


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