Porsche has claimed the second consecutive FIA WEC manufacturers’ title today at the 6 Hours of Shanghai thanks to an epic and dominant stint by the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley. The squad has so far won four races in the 2016 season with one round left, they started from pole and stayed on top for most part of the race.
Toyota was in good shape this weekend as well, evident from their strong qualifying that culminated to a double podium finish today. Stephane Sarrazin, Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi in the #6 Toyota TS 050 Hybrid crossed the finish line second leading the #5 sister car to seal a double podium for the Japanese manufacturer. The #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid only managed a fourth place finish despite an awful qualifying. As for Audi, Shanghai presented the worst of luck as the two LMP1 cars finished fifth and sixth, with the #8 Audi R18 leading the #7 car.
Shanghai also became a title deciding race in the LMP2 category where Signatech Alpine scooped the manufacturers’ title. The squad comprising of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi finished fourth in their #36 car, good enough to secure a title win. Their biggest win of the season came at Le Mans where they finished first in class.
The #26 G-Drive Oreca-Nissan eventually crossed the finish line first in the LMP2 category, followed by the #30 Ligier JS P2 from Extreme Speed Motorsport. DTM driver Tom Blomqvist made his WEC debut with the #30 Ligier team this weekend. RGR Sport took the final spot on this podium in the #43 Ligier challenger.
Coming down to the LMGTE-Pro class, things remained pretty much the same with Ford dominating the race before claiming a commanding 1-2 finish. The Chip Ganassi UK Team repeated their Fuji stint in Shanghai, first by locking the front row during qualifying and eventually scoring a double podium for Ford. The #67 Ford GT of Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell crossed the finish line first ahead of the #66 Ford GT of Olivier Pla and Stefan Mucke. The #51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE rounded off the podium by finishing third.
Aston Martin meanwhile continues to take charge of the LMGTE-AM class, thanks to Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy in the #98 Aston Martin Vantage. The team finished first in what was their fifth win of the season, they also scored their fifth pole of the season this weekend. The #78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR finished second leading home the #83 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia.
The season finale will go down in 13 days at the Bahrain International Circuit, November 19th.