07.11.2014 - 18h45
6 Hours of Shanghai by the numbers
- Shanghai was the fourth win of the 2014 season for the No.8 crew and the third 1-2 finish for Toyota. The Swiss-British pairing extend their Drivers’ Championship lead to 42 points and Sébastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson preserve their 2014 record of finishing on the podium at every race. Whatever happens at Bahrain, Buemi and Davidson will retain the Championship lead until Interlagos and could seal the title in Bahrain if they finish in 5th place or better.
- It was also Buemi and Davidson’s fifth WEC race win in total (Bahrain in 2013, four so far in 2014).
- Toyota’s lead in the LMP1 Manufacturers standings grows to 29 points.
- The No.2 Audi crew of Tréluyer, Lotterer and Fässler move ahead of the absent Nicolas Lapierre into second position in the Drivers’ Championship. Only they can now mathematically prevent the No.8 crew from taking the title but, if they finish lower than second in Bahrain, whatever else happens, the crown goes to the Toyota drivers.
- It was Porsche Team’s third podium finish of its debut season with the 919 Hybrid, and the first for the No.14 car.
- The Rebellion Racing team still has a 100% winning record this year. Shanghai was the first time that we have had a full three-crew podium in LMP1-L.
- The Ligier JS P2 chassis had a second consecutive win, and scored the biggest winning margin (LMP2) in WEC history (3 laps). With its fifth win of the year, G-Drive Racing again closed the gap to Sergey Zlobin and SMP Racing in the Drivers and Teams Championship standings, now down to 8 points.
- KCMG’s early exit from the race gave it only its second non-points scoring result of the season. It now trails the points’ leaders by 48 points with 52 still available.
- Extreme Speed Motorsport recorded its second podium finish of the season in two race starts (but, as it is not a full-season entrant, does not score points).
- The No.27 SMP Racing crew equalled their best actual finish of the year on the track (third) but have scored points for second at both COTA and Shanghai (where non points scoring ESM finished ahead) and at Le Mans where they scored maximum WEC points despite finishing 12th (no other WEC points scorers finished).
- The No.37 SMP entry scored its second fourth place finish of the year (with points for third).
- Lap one at Shanghai saw the shock elimination from the race of the Championship leading No.51 AF Corse Ferrari, its first DNF of the season and Bruni’s first since Shanghai 2012.
- Worse news still for the AF Corse team was the late race retirement of the No.97 Aston Martin which allowed the No.92 Porsche through for the win and the maximum possible damage done to Ferrari and AF Corse’s Championship lead.
- The No.97 of Turner and Mücke posted its first DNF of the season.
- That all leaves Porsche Team Manthey’s Fred Makowiecki now 24.5 points behind in the driver standings, still a mountain to climb but the No.51 crew can’t afford another DNF in either Bahrain or São Paulo!
- Realistically the only other possible winner now in the driver standings is Richard Lietz who is 40 points behind the leading Ferrari pair of Bruni and Vilander.
- Shanghai saw Makowiecki (and the No.92 Porsche’s) second win of the year in LMGTE Pro and also Porsche’s second 1-2 finish. Courtesy of the post-Le Mans driver reshuffle, it was Patrick Pilet’s first win of the year.
- The race witnessed Jörg Bergmeister’s third second place finish of the year, and Richard Lietz’s second.
- Davide Rigon and James Calado’s third place gave them their third podium finish this year.
- The Porsche 1-2 cut Ferrari’s advantage in the Manufacturer’s standings to just 7 points.
- AF Corse’s lead in the LMGTE Pro Teams standings is now down to 11 points.
- Shanghai saw the No.98 crew of Dalla Lana, Lamy and Nygaard take their second victory of the year.
- The No.95 entry now leads the Teams’ standings by 31 points with only the No.98 now able to beat it to the title. The No.95 crew have finished no lower than second in class at any race this season, while the sister No.98 car has only finished off the podium once in 2014 (at Le Mans).
- Kristian Poulsen and David Heinemeier Hansson still lead the GTE Am Drivers’ standings, and are also still the best placed Aston Martin drivers in the overall GTE Drivers Championship having overhauled the No.97 Pro crew. They lie sixth in the order!
- Aston Martin Racing adds to its record tally of FIA WEC GTE Am wins, it now stands at 10. The team has had a car on the GTE Am podium at every race since Brazil 2013; across both classes that run goes back to Le Mans 2012.
- Aston Martin’s GTE Am class win means that the Aston Martin is now the most successful marque in WEC history with 16 class wins.
- The third place for the No.90 8Star Ferrari was its first podium of the season so far, and only the fourth for the three Ferraris this season.
With thanks to Graham Goodwin