Toyota Gazoo Racing Wins In Shanghai. Porsche’s Bernhard, Bamber And Hartley Win 2017 Drivers Title (06.11.17)

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The #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid with the driver line-up of Sébastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima took the chequered flag at the 6 Hours of Shanghai to win Round Eight of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

One lap back, in second place in the LMP1 category, was the #2 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley.

Taking the final podium place in the premier class was the sister #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid, piloted by Neel Jani, André Lotterer and Nick Tandy.

The second and third places were enough to secure the World Manufacturers Championship for Porsche.

Second place for Bernhard, Bamber and Hartley meant that the crew of the #2 entry won the 2017 FIA World Endurance Drivers Title, a first for Bamber and the second for Bernhard and Hartley.

Porsche Team Winner Manufacturer 2017

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In LMP2 it was the #31 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07 with the driver line-up of Julien Canal, Nicolas Prost and Bruno Senna, that took the class victory, 35.280 seconds ahead of the #36 Signatech Alpine Matmut Alpine A470 piloted by Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and André Negrão.

Taking third place in the LMP2 class was the sister #13 Vaillante Rebellion entry, the car driven by Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jr.

Victory for the #31 entry means that Vaillante Rebellion moves to lead the standings in the LMP2 FIA World Endurance Teams Trophy, four points ahead of the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07, piloted by Ho-Pin Tung. Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent. Senna and Canal also lead the LMP2 Drivers Trophy standings.

Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK took the victory in the LMGTE Pro category with Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell crossing the line 11.0892 seconds ahead of the #91 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR, piloted by Richard Lietz and Frederic Makowiecki.

Third place in the LMGTE class went to the #51 AF Corse Ferrari F488 GTE driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi. Calado and Pier Guidi go to the final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship in Bahrain with a two-point lead in the GT Drivers Standings, ahead of Makowiecki and Lietz who left Shanghai on 133 points.

The #98 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda took the class victory in the LMGTE Am category, finishing one lap ahead of the second-placed #86 Gulf Racing UK Porsche 911 RSR (991) driven by Khaled Al Qubaisi, Ben Barker and Nicholas Foster.

The Stuttgart manufacturer took second and third in the LMGTE Am class after the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991) of Christian Ried, Matteo Cairoli and Marvin Dienst took the final podium position.

The final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Bahrain, takes place on November 16 – 18.

Toyota Gazoo Racing On Pole In Shanghai (04.11.17)

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Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi pit the #7 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050-Hybrid on pole for November 5’s 6 Hours of Shanghai after the British driver lapped ion 1:43.139 and Kobayashi put in a 1:42.526 to average 1:42.526, over .7 seconds quicker than the average of the #1 Porsche LMP Team Porsche 919 Hybrid which was qualified by André Lotterer and Nick Tandy.

Staring from third on the grid in the premier prototype class will be tha #8 Toyota Gazoo Racing entry in which Sébastien Buemi lapped in 1:43.470 and Anthony Davidson put in a 1:43.421 to average 1:43.445.

In the LMP2 category it was the #31 Vaillante Rebellion ORECA 07 which took pole after Julien Canal and Bruno Senna lapped in an average of 1:49.217. The #31 car was over .2 seconds quicker than the second quickest #26 G-Drive Racing ORECA 07 in which Léo Roussel and Nico Muller lapped in 1:49.460.

Third on the grid in the LMP2 category will be the #13 Vaillante Rebellion entry which was qualified by David Heinemeier Hansson and Nelson Piquet Jnr.

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Nicki Thiim and Marco Sørenson took pole in the LMGTE Pro category after Thiim lapped in 1:59.59 and Sørenson put in a 1:59.806 to average 1:59.697 in the #95 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage for the two runs.

Joining the #95 car on the front row of the LMGTE Pro grid will be the #92 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre who circulated in an average of 1:59.916.

AF Corse with its #51 Ferrari F488 GTE rounded out the top three in the category after James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi averaged 2:00.247.

Aston Martin / Porsche 1 -2 in qualifying was replicated in the LMGTE Am category after Paul Dalla Lana and Pedro Lamy put the #98 Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage on class pole with the Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR (991, qualified by Christian Ried and Matteo Cairoli, second quickest.

The lights go out for the start of the 6 Hours of Shanghai at 11:00 local time on Sunday November 5.

Ginetta Announces First Two Customers For New-For-2018 LMP1 (01.11.17)

As the FIA World Endurance Championship looks towards 2018, the ‘Super Season’ and the launch of privateer LMP1 entries, Leeds-based Ginetta Cars has announced the first two customers for its new premier-class prototype.

Manor Endurance Racing and TRS Racing will both campaign the new Ginetta LMP1. The engine partner will be announced ‘in due course’.

Ginetta Cars Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson was delighted to break the news, ten months after the car was launched in time for Autosport, the annual racing car show in Birmingham, England.

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