Porsche look strong in Shanghai practice

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In the first two free prac­tice ses­sions for the 6 hours of Shang­hai this week­end, the defend­ing world cham­pi­ons Bren­don Hart­ley, Mark Web­ber and Timo Bern­hard put their names at the top of the time sheets. In the GTE-Pro class Fer­rari had a strong show­ing in both ses­sions.

porsche-practiceAfter the close race in Japan three weeks ago, the FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship is back to it’s close com­pet­i­tive ways as ever. Behind the fastest time of Porsche dri­ver Bren­don Hart­ley, a 1:44.594, only a few thou­sandths of a sec­ond cov­ered back to fourth place on Fri­day after­noon. The Audi trio, Loic Duval, Lucas di Gras­si and Oliv­er Jarvis, looked strong in sec­ond place. Third place went to the cur­rent cham­pi­onship lead­ers Marc Lieb, Neel Jani and Romain Dumas in the #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. The ByKolles team went fastest in the pri­va­teer LMP1 class ahead of the stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Rebel­lion Rac­ing.

The Russ­ian G-Dri­ve team was able to take the first posi­tion in class in the morn­ing of the sec­ond prac­tice, with a time of 1:54.627. The LMP2 new­com­ers from Manor Rac­ing also went well. The British team man­aged to fin­ish Fri­day sec­ond and third in class with their #44 and #45 ORECA 05 race cars respec­tive­ly. Whether Manor can con­tin­ue this per­for­mance in tomorrow’s FP3 as well as in  qual­i­fy­ing remains to be seen.

James Cal­a­do and Gian­maria Bruni fin­ished the first day in Chi­na in first place in the GTE-Pro class. Their Fer­rari team-mates Davide Rigon and Sam Bird fol­lowed up in sec­ond place, with the gap at 0.260. Ger­man rac­er Ste­fan Mücke, togeth­er with his French team mate Olivi­er Pla, set the third fastest time in the #66 Ford GT. The best Aston Mar­tin fin­ished the day in Fourth place at the hands of Kiwi, Richie Stan­away.

In the GTE-Am class Khaled Al Qubaisi, David Heine­meier Hans­son and Patrick Long were able to top the ses­sion in their Porsche 911 RSR. The trio was fol­lowed close­ly by fel­low Porsche dri­vers Wolf Hen­zler, Chris­t­ian Ried and Joël Camath­ias in the 911 from the KCMG team. The third Porsche in the class from the Gulf Rac­ing team just missed the top three spots. 0.004 of a sec­ond was the gap between them in fourth, and the high­est of the Aston Mar­tins in third.

Images — FIA WEC