In the closest qualifying session of 2018, the 6 Hours of Shanghai saw the LMP classes lock out the front rows, but the gaps between the top threes in all classes was very close.
The Toyota Gazoo Racing #8 trio of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima took their third victory in a row, whilst the #51 AF Corse found some surprising pace and luck to take the GTE Pro honours at the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
Welcome to our preview of the LMP2 class at the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It was a commanding victory from Toyota for the weekend’s first endurance race of the ‘Super Season’, but just how competitive were the other cars in their respective classes?
It had looked like 2017 was going to be Jackie Chan DC Racing’s year, but a last race pursuit saw Vaillante Rebellion Racing take the LMP2 trophy in their rookie season of the class.
For 2018, Oliver Jarvis has had to give up racing full time in the World Endurance Championship due to commitments elsewhere.
Ferdinand Habsburg will make his endurance race debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but won’t be taking the kind of risks that he took during his attack on the Macau Grand Prix at the end of 2017.
Antonio Felix da Costa, Ferdinand Habsburg, Ho-Pin Tung and Alex Brundle will form the line-up for Jackie Chan DC Racing’s second car at the Rolex 24 at Daytona next month.
The #31 Vaillante Rebellion squad has performed a remarkable comeback in order to take the lead of the LMP2 Endurance standings coming into the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain. The Swiss team hold a slender four point advantage over #38 Jota Sport Jackie Chan DC Racing entry.
Jackie Chan DC Racing x Jota Sport set the pace in qualifying for the opening round of the Asian Le Mans Series at Zhuhai. Thomas Laurent was 0.15 seconds quicker than Chinese team-mate Ho-Pin Tung, with KCMG taking LMP3 pole.
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Porsche took an easy 1-2 finish for the 6 Hours of Nurburgring as LMP1 teams ran the high aero package. #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing had a simple win in LMP2.
It was the #2 Porsche Team who took the overall victory in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, while Aston Martin won GTE Pro on the final lap.
After the bizarre turn of events over the last hour, this hour was dedicated to watching Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley push as hard as they could to chase down the victory.
Stéphane Sarrazin holds the lead for Toyota after five hours of the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, while Pierre Kaffer and Matthieu Vaxivière are involved in a collision.