Shanghai WEC: Audi Records 1-2 in First Practice

Audi Sport Team Joest occupied the top two positions at the end of the first practice session for the Shanghai round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Andre Lotterer was the quickest driver all morning, submitting a 1:45.707s lap just seven minutes into the 90 minute session.

Lucas di Grassi followed closely in the second Audi R18 e-tron quattro, finishing 0.645s behind his German team-mate.

Porsche had little answer to Lotterer and di Grassi during the session, with Mark Webber and the #17 919 Hybrid settling for third in the order, 0.812s off the pace.

The #18 Porsche fared similarly in the hands of Marc Lieb, who concluded the morning 1.221s in arrears.

Toyota continued to linger behind the German manufacturers as Alex Wurz set a 1:47.603s marker in the #2 car to claim fifth place overall.

LMP2 whetted many people’s appetites with a closely bunched field, led by the KCMG ORECA 05 of Richard Bradley. The Briton’s 1:55.069s lap was only seven hundredths quicker than Sam Bird in the #26 G-Drive Racing Ligier, which KCMG is currently chasing in the points standings.

Signatech Alpine finished the morning third overall, and the best placed open cockpit team, with Paul Loup Chatin recording a 1:55.325s effort.

The LMGTE Pro ranks were comprehensively topped by Porsche Team Manthey driver Patrick Pilet, who registered a 2:04.785s best to lead the category by six tenths of a second.

Pilet’s team-mate Richard Lietz ended the session second overall in the sister Porsche 911 RSR, while Aston Martin Racing, despite voicing its concerns at the BoP adjustments made in the latter part of the season, secured the third quickest time with Richie Stanaway coming in at 2:05.506s in the #99 car.

GTE-Am was led by the Larbre Competition Corvette, driven by Paolo Ruberti.

Ruberti’s 2:06.039s lap was enough to mingle with the Pro Ferraris and Aston Martins, but still only just edged out the championship-leading SMP Racing Ferrari of Andrea Bertolini which concluded the morning three hundredths behind.

The FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai will get underway on Sunday, November 1 at 11:00 local time (03:00 UK).


6 Hours of Shanghai FP1 Results

1LMP17Audi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 etron quattro1:45.707-
2LMP18Audi Sport Team JoestAudi R18 etron quattro1:46.352+0.645
3LMP117Porsche TeamPorsche 919 Hybrid1:46.519+0.812
4LMP118Porsche TeamPorsche 919 Hybrid1:46.928+1.221
5LMP12Toyota RacingToyota TS040 Hybrid1:47.603+1.896
6LMP11Toyota RacingToyota TS040 Hybrid1:47.742+2.017
7LMP113Rebellion RacingRebellion R-One AER1:52.373+6.666
8LMP14Team ByKollesCLM P1/01 AER1:53.548+7.841
9LMP112Rebellion RacingRebellion R-One AER1:54.500+8.793
10LMP247KCMGORECA 05 Nissan1:55.069+9.362
11LMP226G-Drive RacingLigier JS P2 Nissan1:55.146+9.439
12LMP236Signatech AlpineAlpine A450b Nissan1:55.325+9.618
13LMP228G-Drive RacingLigier JS P2 Nissan1:55.420+9.713
14LMP242Strakka RacingGibson 015S Nissan1:55.627+9.920
15LMP230Extreme Speed MotorsportsLigier JS P2 HPD1:56.480+10.773
16LMP243Team SARD MorandMorgan Evo SARD1:56.646+10.939
17LMP231Extreme Speed MotorsportsLigier JS P2 HPD0.001352314814814811.133
18LMP229Pegasus RacingMorgan Nissan1:57.396+11.689
19LMGTE Pro92Porsche Team MantheyPorsche 911 RSR2:04.785+19.078
20LMGTE Pro91Porsche Team MantheyPorsche 911 RSR2:05.455+19.748
21LMGTE Pro99Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage2:05.506+19.799
22LMGTE Pro71AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia2:05.646+19.939
23LMGTE Pro97ASton Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage2:05.815+20.108
24LMGTE Pro51AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia2:05.990+20.283
25LMGTE Am50Larbre CompetitionChevrolet Corvette C7.R2:06.039+20.332
26LMGTE Am72SMP RacingFerrari 458 Italia2:06.073+20.336
27LMGTE Am98Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage2:06.075+20.368
28LMGTE Am77Dempsey Proton RacingPorsche 911 RSR2:06.600+20.893
29LMGTE Am83AF CorseFerrari 458 Italia2:06.624+20.917
30LMGTE Am96Aston Martin RacingAston Martin Vantage2:07.485+21.778
31LMGTE Am88Abu Dhabi Proton RacingPorsche 911 RSR2:08.309+22.602