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Sunday 6th November, 2016 - 8:32pm

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Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard have scored Porsche's sixth win from eight WEC races this season

Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard have scored Porsche’s sixth win from eight WEC races this season

Porsche has staged a virtuoso performance to claim a dominant win in the penultimate round of the World Endurance Championship in Shanghai.

Built on a platform via Brendon Hartley’s blistering opening double stint, the #1 Porsche 919 Hybrid the Kiwi shared with Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard scored a 59.7s victory after 6 Hours.

The #6 Toyota TS050 of Kamui Kobayashi, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway finished second to keep its hopes in the driver’s title race alive going into the deciding round at Bahrain in two weeks.

Toyota’s sister #5 car of Anthony Davidson, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi was third.

The championship leading #2 Porsche of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb was fourth to help seal the manufacturer’s title for the Zuffenhausen maker.

However the trio have now seen their points lead in the driver’s race reduced to 17 points with a maximum of 26 available in Bahrain.

Hartley saw Buemi tear off into the lead at the start however the New Zealand ace grabbed the position back just before the yellow flags came out for an incident on the opening lap.

The brief passage, bar the scheduled pit stops, was the only time the Porsche was not leading the race.

Toyota had fought a pitched battle throughout before ultimately being leg-roped by punctures.

Audi endured a difficult race with both their #8 and #7 R18 e-tron quattros finishing fifth and sixth.

The Audi #8 pitted from second place early in the second hour with Lucas Di Grassi handing over to Loic Duval.

It left Porsche occupying the top two spots ahead of the #6 Toyota.

Hartley, meanwhile, handed it over to Bernhard after a scintillating double stint just short of the two hour mark as the crew replaced the front wing which was damaged by a clump of rubber debris.

Jani ended his double stint by handing over to Lieb with the #2 machine trailing the sister car by just over 7s.

The #8 Audi was back in for another stop after a 22 lap stint with Duval remaining in the car.

Just short of half-race distance Kobayashi began to make incisive inroads into the second placed Porsche as the two championship contenders waged a fierce battle, dicing through traffic.

Meanwhile the leading Porsche pitted from the lead just short of halfway with Bernhard remaining in the cockpit.

Trouble continued for the #8 Audi as it came in for its fourth service, seemingly hamstrung with an apparent refuelling issue.

With the completion of the third round of pit stops for the others, Bernhard continued to hold the balance of power with Kobayashi consolidating second place from Dumas.

Meanwhile the Toyota of Buemi was narrowing the gap on Dumas as the TS050 started to fightback.

By Lap 107, Dumas was shuffled back to fourth as Buemi took P3.

Webber took charge after 120 laps with just over two hours remaining, shortly after Dumas pitted to hand over the controls to Jani.

The fourth round of stops also saw Kobayashi pit with Conway taking over while the #8 Audi was mired in fifth ahead of the sister #7 R18.

On Lap 135, Jani reclaimed second place after Conway was forced to pit the Toyota, pushing it back to fourth behind its stablemate.

However nine laps later Buemi managed to slip into second as the Japanese and German marques continued to trade blows.

At the start, the Manor LMP2 machine at the hands of Mathias Beche spun and was collected by an unsuspecting Richie Stanaway (#97 Aston Martin).

While it was game over for the Manor, Stanaway managed to drive the Aston back to the garage however the crew realised the damage to the left front corner was too great.

In LMP2, the G-Drive Oreca Nissan driven by Alex Brundle, Roman Rusinov and Will Stevens prevailed.

Although finishing fourth, the Signatech Alpine of Gustavo Menezes, Nicolas Lapierre and Stephane Richelmi sealed the championship.

In doing so Menezes ended a 35-year drought of American drivers to win an FIA title.

Chip Ganassi’s Ford GT squad took a stranglehold in GTE Pro with Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx leading home the sister car of Olivier Pla and Stefan Mucke.

The #98 Aston Martin V8 Vantage of Mathias Lauda, Pedro Lamy and Paul Dalla Lana took honours in GTE Am.

RESULT: Shanghai 6 Hours

Pos State Cat Team Driver Car T Laps Gap Last lap Best lap Av speed Pits
1 1 Run P1 Porsche Team HARTLEY Brendon Porsche 919 Hybrid M 195 1:46.740 1:45.935 185.2 6
2 6 Run P1 Toyota Gazoo Racing KOBAYASHI Kamui Toyota TS050 – Hybrid M 195 59.785 1:50.016 1:46.822 183.7 7
3 5 Run P1 Toyota Gazoo Racing DAVIDSON Anthony Toyota TS050 – Hybrid M 195 1:06.038 1:49.177 1:46.791 183.8 6
4 2 Run P1 Porsche Team JANI Neel Porsche 919 Hybrid M 195 1:40.855 1:49.693 1:46.847 183.7 6
5 8 Run P1 Audi Sport Team Joest DI GRASSI Lucas Audi R18 M 192 3 Laps 1:49.039 1:46.185 184.8 7
6 7 Run P1 Audi Sport Team Joest FÄSSLER Marcel Audi R18 M 181 14 Laps 1:55.727 1:46.857 183.6 5
7 4 Run P1 Bykolles Racing Team TRUMMER Simon CLM P1/01 – AER D 181 9.380 1:58.303 1:53.065 173.6 7
8 26 Run P2 G-Drive Racing STEVENS Will Oreca 05 – Nissan D 180 15 Laps 2:00.357 1:55.763 169.5 6
9 30 Run P2 Extreme Speed Motorsports BLOMQVIST Tom LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan D 179 16 Laps 1:58.256 1:56.324 168.7 6
10 43 Run P2 RGR Sport by Morand ALBUQUERQUE Filipe LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan D 179 26.158 2:01.669 1:55.739 169.6 8
11 36 Run P2 Signatech Alpine LAPIERRE Nicolas Alpine A460 – Nissan D 179 26.667 2:01.212 1:56.375 168.6 7
12 31 Run P2 Extreme Speed Motorsports DERANI Luis Felipe LIGIER JS P2 – Nissan D 179 57.789 2:00.750 1:56.224 168.8 7
13 27 Run P2 SMP Racing ALESHIN Mikhail BR01 – Nissan D 177 18 Laps 2:00.025 1:57.036 167.7 6
14 37 Run P2 SMP Racing PETROV Vitaly BR01 – Nissan D 177 42.713 1:59.199 1:57.419 167.1 6
15 35 Run P2 Baxi DC Racing Alpine TUNG Ho-Pin Alpine A460 – Nissan D 176 19 Laps 2:00.241 1:57.211 167.4 7
16 44 Run P2 Manor LYNN Alex Oreca 05 – Nissan D 174 21 Laps 2:00.012 1:55.490 169.9 8
17 67 Run Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK TINCKNELL Harry Ford GT M 170 25 Laps 2:06.822 2:02.217 160.6 5
18 66 Run Pro Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK PLA Olivier Ford GT M 170 50.652 2:05.976 2:02.759 159.9 6
19 51 Run Pro AF Corse BRUNI Gianmaria Ferrari 488 GTE M 170 1:13.367 2:06.967 2:02.764 159.8 5
20 95 Run Pro Aston Martin Racing THIIM Nicki Aston Martin Vantage V8 D 170 1:38.850 2:09.343 2:03.510 158.9 5
21 71 Run Pro AF Corse RIGON Davide Ferrari 488 GTE M 168 27 Laps 2:06.418 2:03.563 158.8 8
22 77 Run Pro Dempsey – Proton Racing CHRISTENSEN Michael Porsche 911 RSR (2016) M 168 16.041 2:06.960 2:04.098 158.1 5
23 98 Run Am Aston Martin Racing LAUDA Mathias Aston Martin Vantage V8 M 166 29 Laps 2:10.359 2:04.734 157.3 5
24 13 Run P1 Rebellion Racing IMPERATORI Alexandre Rebellion R-One – AER D 166 40.670 1:53.351 1:50.973 176.8 8
25 78 Run Am KCMG HENZLER Wolf Porsche 911 RSR M 166 51.837 2:12.505 2:05.251 156.7 5
26 83 Run Am AF Corse AGUAS Rui Ferrari F458 Italia M 166 54.023 2:14.893 2:04.953 157.0 5
27 88 Run Am Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing LONG Patrick Porsche 911 RSR M 166 1:13.423 2:07.692 2:05.247 156.7 5
28 50 Run Am Larbre Competition TAYLOR Ricky Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 M 164 31 Laps 2:10.807 2:05.732 156.1 5
29 86 Run Am Gulf Racing BARKER Benjamin Porsche 911 RSR M 164 44.462 2:08.873 2:05.555 156.3 6
30 97 Pit Pro Aston Martin Racing STANAWAY Richie Aston Martin Vantage V8 D 1 194 Laps 3:37.142 1
31 45 Run P2 Manor BECHE Mathias Oreca 05 – Nissan D 0 195 Laps 0
Points standings
1 Romain Dumas 152
1 Neel Jani 152
1 Marc Lieb 152
2 Stephane Sarrazin 135
2 Kamui Kobayashi 135
2 Mike Conway 135
3 Loic Duval 121.5
3 Lucas di Grassi 121.5
3 Oliver Jarvis 121.5
4 Mark Webber 119.5
4 Brendon Hartley 119.5
4 Timo Bernhard 119.5
5 Marcel Fassler 86
5 Andre Lotterer 86
6 Matheo Tuscher 60.5
6 Alexandre Imperatori 60.5
6 Dominik Kraihamer 60.5
7 Benoit Treluyer 52
8 Sebastien Buemi 48
8 Anthony Davidson 48
8 Kazuki Nakajima 48
9 Nicolas Lapierre 46.5
9 Stephane Richelmi 46.5
9 Gustavo Menezes 46.5
10 Roman Rusinov 34
11 Bruno Senna 29
11 Filipe Albuquerque 29
11 Ricardo Gonzalez 29
12 Will Stevens 26.5
13 Nick Heidfeld 25.5
13 Nicolas Prost 25.5
14 Nelson Piquet Jr. 25
15 Rene Rast 24
16 Luis Derani 19.5
16 Ryan Dalziel 19.5
16 Chris Cumming 19.5
17 Simon Trummer 15.5
17 Oliver Webb 15.5
18 Victor Shaytar 15
18 Vitaly Petrov 15
18 Kirill Ladygin 15
19 Jonny Kane 13
20 Nick Leventis 12.5
21 Alex Brundle 11.5
22 Danny Watts 10
23 James Rossiter 8.5
24 Nicolas Minassian 7
24 Maurizio Mediani 7
25 Nathanael Berthon 6.5
26 Pierre Kaffer 6.5
27 Mikhail Aleshin 5
28 Richard Bradley 4
28 Matt Rao 4
29 Roberto Merhi 3.5
30 David Cheng 3.5
30 Ho-Pin Tung 3.5
31 Ed Brown 3.5
31 Johannes van Overbeek 3.5
31 Scott Sharp 3.5
32 Lewis Williamson 3
33 Antonio Giovinazzi 3
33 Sean Gelael 3
34 Nelson Panciatici 2.5
35 Tom Blomqvist 2
36 Giedo van der Garde 1.5
37 Tor Graves 1.5
38 Alex Lynn 1
38 Paul-Loup Chatin 1
39 Simon Dolan 0.5
39 Jake Dennis 0.5
39 James Jakes 0.5
40 Mathias Beche 0.5
40 Antonio Pizzonia 0.5
40 Matt Howson 0.5
41 Shinji Nakano 0.5
42 Devi Markozov 0
42 Picho Toledano 0
43 Roberto Gonzalez 0

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