PORSCHE CLAIMS MAKES’ WORLD TI­TLE

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Porsche se­cured a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers’ world cham­pi­onship ti­tle when Mark Web­ber, Timo Bern­hard and Bren­don Hart­ley dom­i­nated last week­end’s Six Hours of Shang­hai.

The trio led the penul­ti­mate round of the FIA World En­durance Cham­pi­onship from half dis­tance, be­fore cruis­ing clear to win by just short of a minute as their ri­vals’ chal­lenge fal­tered.

Hart­ley ini­tially pulled a gap with his first dou­ble stint, be­fore Bern­hard con­sol­i­dated the lead.

Toy­ota stayed in the chase for the driv­ers’ crown by se­cur­ing sec­ond and third. Ka­mui Kobayashi, Stephane Sar­razin and Mike Con­way were slowed by a punc­ture but re­cov­ered to fin­ish be­hind the run­away Porsche and keep their slen­der ti­tle hopes alive head­ing into the sea­son fi­nale in Bahrain later this month.

Toy­ota’s tyre life ad­van­tage al­lowed it to dou­ble-stint with both cars, help­ing the sis­ter car of Se­bastien Buemi, An­thony David­son and Kazuki Naka­jima fin­ish third, ahead of Neel Jani, Ro­main Du­mas, Marc Lieb’s Porsche 919.

Audi had a bad week­end on its first race since an­nounc­ing its LMP1 with­drawal. Lu­cas di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Du­val were slowed by a fuelling is­sue that cost the car time at each stop. They were fifth. Mar­cel Fassler, An­dre Lot­terer and Benoit Tre­luyer were sixth af­ter dam­age.

The Jota Sport-run G-drive ORECA of Ro­man Rusi­nov, Alex Brun­dle and Will Stevens won LMP2 ahead of the Ex­treme Speed Ligier crewed by Tom Blomqvist, An­to­nio Giov­inazzi and Sean Ge­lael.

Andy Pri­aulx and Harry Tinck­nell won GTE Pro for the Ford GT team, ahead of the sis­ter car of Ste­fan Mucke and Olivier Pla. As­ton Martin con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate GTE AM with Paul Dalla Lana, Pe­dro Lamy and Mathias Lauda win­ning.

‘Shedden made up a lot of ground’ BTCC sea­son re­view, p22

Porsche took an­other world ti­tle Trio are P4 in WEC

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