Porsche 1-2 in Shanghai

Webber in the #17 Porsche
Webber in the #17 Porsche

As expected when you have globs more HP than anyone else, Porsche was 1-2 on the opening day of the Shanghai World Endurance Championship event.

Mark Webber recorded the fastest time of the day in the #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid with a 1m45.111s in the second 90-minute session, which put him over two tenths up on team-mate Neel Jani in the #18 Porsche.

The two Audi R18 e-tron quattros filled the 2nd row.

The best time from Toyota, a 1m47.373s set by Mike Conway was more than two seconds off the pace.

Porsche Quotes after free practice:
Alexander Hitzinger, Technical Director: “Our first day here went according to plan. We started with a base-line set-up and then checked the various options. Generally our car is the same specification here as it was at the previous race in Fuji. Therefore it is just fine tuning what we do. Everything went smoothly and the long-runs were good."

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 17
Timo Bernhard (34, Germany): “Free practice one already proved the huge progress we have made compared to last year. The Porsche 919 Hybrid’s drivability and balance are much better now. But, naturally, we drivers always ask for more and it was amazing how quick the team got the changes in place for FP2. In the afternoon I did 35 consecutive laps and this was efficient as well."

Brendon Hartley (25, New Zealand): “From the first to the second practice we managed to improve the set-up in many ways such as aerodynamics, hybrid management and four-wheel-drive handling. The result is positive as the lap-times show."

Mark Webber (39, Australia): “We have had a very smooth and positive first day. Timo did a good long-run which is encouraging for the race. Brendon and I did shorter runs today. Our lap-times are a lot quicker than last year as they need to be because the Audi is still there and strong."

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 18
Romain Dumas (37, France): “I’m not happy. In the second session I was only for a few laps in the car and the traffic was terrible. I hardly can say anything."

Neel Jani (31, Switzerland): "There are a lot of rubber marbles on the track that the tires pick up. This obviously affects the car’s behavior and I think this could turn into a major topic during the weekend. In FP2 I did 30 laps on a single set of tires. In the beginning I had such a high amount of grip that I couldn’t use it all, but then the pick-up was constantly changing the balance. It was an important experience and we now have to draw our conclusions from that."

Marc Lieb (35, Germany): “For me our car feels pretty good but we are slower than the sister car. So we now have to find out where and why we lose time."

MORNING RESULTS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Behind
1 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m45.707s 0.000s
2 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m46.352s 0.645s
3 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m46.519s 0.812s
4 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m46.928s 1.221s
5 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 1m47.603s 1.896s
6 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 1m47.724s 2.017s
7 LMP1 A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, M.Tuscher Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m52.373s 6.666s
8 LMP1 S.Trummer, P.Kaffer Team ByKolles CLM/AER 1m53.548s 7.841s
9 LMP1 N.Prost, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m54.500s 8.793s
10 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Tandy KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m55.069s 9.362s
11 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.Bird G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m55.146s 9.439s
12 LMP2 N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, T.Dillmann Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m55.325s 9.618s
13 LMP2 G.Yacaman, L.Derani, R.Gonzalez G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m55.420s 9.713s
14 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m55.627s 9.920s
15 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.Hansson Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m56.480s 10.773s
16 LMP2 P.Ragues, O.Webb, C.Cumming Team SARD Morand Morgan/SARD 1m56.646s 10.939s
17 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m56.840s 11.133s
18 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, A.Brundle Pegasus Racing Morgan/Nissan 1m57.396s 11.689s
19 GTE Pro P.Pilet, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m04.785s 19.078s
20 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m05.455s 19.748s
21 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, F.Rees, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m05.506s 19.799s
22 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m05.646s 19.939s
23 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m05.815s 20.108s
24 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m05.990s 20.283s
25 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, N.Sylvest Larbre Competition Chevrolet 2m06.039s 20.332s
26 GTE Am V.Shaitar, A.Bertolini, A.Basov SMP Racing Ferrari 2m06.073s 20.366s
27 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m06.075s 20.368s
28 GTE Am P.Dempsey, P.Long, M.Seefried Dempsey Racing – Proton Porsche 2m06.600s 20.893s
29 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 2m06.624s 20.917s
30 GTE Am F.Castellacci, L.Griffin, S.Hall Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m07.485s 21.778s
31 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Al Qubaisi, K.Bachler Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 2m08.309s 22.602s

AFTERNOON RESULTS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Time Behind
1 LMP1 T.Bernhard, M.Webber, B.Hartley Porsche Team Porsche 1m45.111s 0.000s
2 LMP1 R.Dumas, N.Jani, M.Lieb Porsche Team Porsche 1m45.351s 0.240s
3 LMP1 L.di Grassi, L.Duval, O.Jarvis Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m45.930s 0.819s
4 LMP1 M.Fassler, A.Lotterer, B.Treluyer Audi Sport Team Joest Audi 1m46.087s 0.976s
5 LMP1 A.Wurz, S.Sarrazin, M.Conway Toyota Racing Toyota 1m47.373s 2.262s
6 LMP1 A.Davidson, S.Buemi, K.Nakajima Toyota Racing Toyota 1m47.903s 2.792s
7 LMP1 A.Imperatori, D.Kraihamer, M.Tuscher Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m50.790s 5.679s
8 LMP1 N.Prost, M.Beche Rebellion Racing Rebellion/AER 1m51.441s 6.330s
9 LMP1 S.Trummer, P.Kaffer Team ByKolles CLM/AER 1m53.951s 8.840s
10 LMP2 M.Howson, R.Bradley, N.Tandy KCMG ORECA/Nissan 1m54.185s 9.074s
11 LMP2 N.Panciatici, P-L.Chatin, T.Dillmann Signatech Alpine Alpine/Nissan 1m54.285s 9.174s
12 LMP2 G.Yacaman, L.Derani, R.Gonzalez G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m54.706s 9.595s
13 LMP2 N.Leventis, D.Watts, J.Kane Strakka Racing Gibson/Nissan 1m54.713s 9.602s
14 LMP2 P.Ragues, O.Webb, C.Cumming Team SARD Morand Morgan/SARD 1m55.063s 9.952s
15 LMP2 S.Sharp, R.Dalziel, D.Hansson Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m55.162s 10.051s
16 LMP2 E.Brown, J.van Overbeek, J.Fogarty Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier/HPD 1m55.807s 10.696s
17 LMP2 R.Rusinov, J.Canal, S.Bird G-Drive Racing Ligier/Nissan 1m55.934s 10.823s
18 LMP2 D.Cheng, H-Pin Tung, A.Brundle Pegasus Racing Morgan/Nissan 1m56.647s 11.536s
19 GTE Pro D.Rigon, J.Calado AF Corse Ferrari 2m03.028s 17.917s
20 GTE Pro G.Bruni, T.Vilander AF Corse Ferrari 2m03.947s 18.836s
21 GTE Pro A.MacDowall, F.Rees, R.Stanaway Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m03.995s 18.884s
22 GTE Pro P.Pilet, F.Makowiecki Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m04.019s 18.908s
23 GTE Pro R.Lietz, M.Christensen Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 2m04.329s 19.218s
24 GTE Pro D.Turner, J.Adam Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m04.475s 19.364s
25 GTE Am V.Shaitar, A.Bertolini, A.Basov SMP Racing Ferrari 2m04.527s 19.416s
26 GTE Am G.Roda, P.Ruberti, N.Sylvest Larbre Competition Chevrolet 2m04.594s 19.483s
27 GTE Am P.Dempsey, P.Long, M.Seefried Dempsey Racing – Proton Porsche 2m05.112s 20.001s
28 GTE Am F.Castellacci, L.Griffin, S.Hall Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m05.924s 20.813s
29 GTE Am P.D.Lana, P.Lamy, M.Lauda Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin 2m06.294s 21.183s
30 GTE Am C.Ried, K.Al Qubaisi, K.Bachler Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 2m07.807s 22.696s
31 GTE Am F.Perrodo, E.Collard, R.Aguas AF Corse Ferrari 2m07.892s 22.781s

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