It marks only the fourth time in the WEC’s eight-year history that a non-Hybrid car has been classified as overall winner, after what was an interesting and intense battle throughout thanks to the LMP Success Handicap system introduced this season to ensure closer competition.
Today marked the second WEC victory in the books for the Swiss Rebellion Racing team with Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato finishing more than one minute ahead of World Championship leaders Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley in the No.8 Toyota TS050 HYBRID car. It was Senna's 10th win in the series and is notable as he has now taken victory in all four classes of competition, the only driver to achieve this distinction.
The third podium spot was taken by the No.7 Toyota Gazoo Racing entry driven by José María López, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway – the trio’s race having been compromised following a drive-through penalty for a jump start.
Britain’s Team LNT ended the race in fourth and fifth position as the No.5 Ginetta G60-LT-P1 AER reached the chequered flag one spot ahead of the No.6 sister car, these two also having had to serve a drive-through penalty for the same infringement as the No.7.
JOTA celebrates LMP2 success with Goodyear
The highly-competitive LMP2 category saw British-based squad JOTA take its first victory of Season 8 in the No.37 ORECA 07 Gibson of Antonio Felix da Costa, Roberto Gonzalez and Anthony Davidson.
It marked the first WEC win for JOTA since Spa in 2015 and also the first win for Goodyear tyres – a remarkable achievement considering it is only the third event since the American tyre company joined the WEC with its new range of LMP2 tyres.
Meanwhile, it was a home celebration for Jackie Chan DC Racing today as its trio of Gabriel Aubry, Ho-Pin Tung and Will Stevens claimed the runner-up position after a strong outing in another ORECA. Today’s result promotes Jackie Chan DC Racing to second in the LMP2 standings, just two points behind category leaders Racing Team Nederland who finished today’s race fifth following a drive-through penalty for contact with another car.
British team United Autosports fought back from a forced early pit-stop to remove debris from the air intake to claim the final spot on the LMP2 podium for Paul di Resta, Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson.
Signatech Alpine Elf’s trio of Thomas Laurent, André Negrao and Pierre Ragues finished fourth in the No.36 Alpine and now sit third in the overall standings.
Elsewhere, it was a difficult race for the No.42 Cool Racing entry, pole sitters in the category, as the Swiss team was the only entry to retire from today’s race due to an electrical problem caused by damage after an incident.
Porsche promoted to LMGTE Pro winners after No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari disqualification
Porsche have been promoted to winners of the LMGTE Pro category at today’s FIA WEC 4 Hours of Shanghai after the No. 51 AF Corse 488 GTE Evo was disqualified following post-race technical checks.
Ferrari was set to take its first ever LMGTE Pro victory on Chinese soil but the No. 51 car was in breach of the WEC Technical Regulations after the minimum ground clearance was found lower than 50mm.
Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen’s victory in the Porsche 911 RSR sees Porsche GT Team extend its points lead over Aston Martin by 17 points in the standings.
The class runner-up in Shanghai was the No.91 Porsche 911 RSR with Gimmi Bruni and Richard Lietz at the wheel. The No.97 and No. 95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage AMR cars finished third and fourth respectively while the No. 71 AF Corse entry rounded out the top five.
Second consecutive victory for TF Sport in LMGTE Am
In LMGTE Am, it was another dream race weekend for British team TF Sport as Jonny Adam, Charlie Eastwood and Salih Yoluc stormed to their second consecutive LMGTE Am race victory in the No.90 Aston Martin Vantage AMR.
TF Sport’s dominant win sees the team take the lead in the overall LMGTE Am standings – three points ahead of AF Corse.
The No.57 Team Project 1 team of Jeroen Bleekemolen, Larry ten Voorde and Ben Keating took a season best result today with second overall in the Porsche 911 RSR.
Meanwhile, the No.98 Aston Martin trio of Darren Turner, Paul Dalla Lana and Ross Gunn made an incredible comeback from lap one contact to take the third podium spot.
Next up in the FIA WEC calendar is the 8 Hours of Bahrain which takes place in just over one month’s time (12-14 December).