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Endurance: Audi wins race and driver's championship in China

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From press release

Audi win Six Hours of Shanghai, as Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval secured World Driver’s Championship.

The race was won by the No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro in a dramatic fashion after victory looked to have been going the way of the No.7 Toyota which crossed the finish line in second place, 15.3 seconds behind the leaders.

Third place was enough for the driving crew of the No.2 Audi – Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval – to claim the FIA World Endurance Drivers Championship.

Allan McNnish, Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval, Audi, WEC
Allan McNnish, Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval (Photo: Audi)

After starting from pole position the No.7 Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid of Nicolas Lapierre led the early laps but eventually ceded the lead to its sister car, the No.8 Toyota of Anthony Davidson.  The two Toyotas then held an advantage over the two Audis for the next few hours before fate stepped in and changed the course of the race.  The No.8 Toyota retired after four and a half hours of racing after suffering suspension failure. 

Despite admitting to having made a wrong tyre choice to start the race, and then suffering from a puncture the No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro took the lead ahead of the No.7 Toyota of Alex Wurz and Lapierre.

Some great competition between the two marques saw the Toyota leading the race into the final hour but, crucial to the outcome, Alex Wurz had to make a splash-and-dash fuel stop before the end of the six hour event.

He took fuel only in an effort to retain the lead but the drop off in tyre performance was such that Treluyer – on fresher tyres and on a charge – was able to get ahead and go on to victory by a 16s margin.  Rebellion Racing’s No.12 Lola Toyota was fourth overall at the finish.

In LMP2 G-Drive Racing ORECA 03 Nissan took its third win of the season ahead of the No.24 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan of Pla-Brundle-Heinemeier-Hansson, the class providing a close battle throughout. 

The No.97 Aston Martin Vantage V8 of Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner had a seemingly untroubled run from pole position in the LMGTE Pro category to the finish, holding the lead throughout apart from during the pit stop window. 

LMGTE Am was won by No.81 8Star Motorsports’ Ferrari 458 Italia was poised to take control driven by Enzo Potolicchio, Davide Rigon and Rui Aguas.