Toyota earned a third victory this season in the final World Endurance Championship round presented in Shanghai, but that didn’t stop Audi drivers Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer from taking the title.
The Japanese prototype driven by Alexander Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre, who started from pole position, controlled the race from start to finish, and concluded the event almost one minute ahead of Kristensen and McNish’s Audi R18 e-tron.
Third position was enough for Treluyer, Lotterer and Fassler, aboard the second Audi R18 e-tron, to retain the drivers’ championship lead in the inaugural year of the World Endurance Championship.
The best private LMP1 car of the year was the Rebellion’s Lola Toyota driven by Prost and Jani, although both men were forced to retire in Shanghai… seven minutes from the finish.
LMP2 win went to the Oreca Nissan driven by Martin, Graves and Beche, but the Starworks’ HPD got the class title.
The works Aston Martin confirmed its form by winning the last round of the season, but the title went to AF Corse Ferrari F458.
Bornhauser, Canal and Lamy take GTE Am win and title by winning in Shanghai aboard their Larbre’s Corvette.
Shanghai Six Hours – Final classification:
1 – Lapierre-Wurz (Toyota TS030 Hybrid) – Toyota in 6h01’29’’292 (1er LMP1)
2 – Kristensen-McNish (Audi R18 e-tron) – Audi + 58”570
3 – Treluyer-Lottere-Fassler (Audi R18 e-tron) – Audi + 1'42”814
4 – Belicchi-Primat-Chen (Lola B12/60-Toyota) – Rebellion + 6 laps
5 – Brabham-Chandhock-Dumbreck (HPD ARX 03a – Honda) – JRM + 6 laps
6 – Letenti-Watts-Kane (HPD ARX 03a–Honda) – Strakka + 9 laps
7 – Martin-Graves-Beche (Oreca03-Nissan) – ADR-Delta + 11 laps (1er LMP2)
8 – Potolicchio-Dalziel-Sarrazin (HPD ARX03b–Honda) – Starworks + 11 laps
9 – Nicolet-Lahaye-Pla (Morgan-Nissan) – Oak + 12 tours
10 – Perez Companc–Minassian-Kaffer (Oreca 03-Nissan) – Pecom + 12 laps
16 – Mucke-Turner (Aston Martin Vantage) – Aston Martin – 22 laps (1er GTE Pro)
19 – Bornhauser-Canal-Lamy (Chevrolet Corvet C6) – Larbre – 25 laps (1er GTE Am)