dimanche 6 novembre 2016

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing dominates GTE-Pro in 6 Hours of Shanghai


GTE-Pro was an all Ford Chip Ganassi Racing affair at the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the penultimate round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The factory backed Ford GTs took a dominant 1-2 victory in the class.

The winning #67 Ford GT was driven by Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx. A light-to-flag victory for the two British drivers who started claimed pole position in yesterday's qualifying session. A second straight win for Tincknell and Priaulx after clinching the 6 Hours of Fuji last time out.

Their team-mates Olivier Pla and Stefan Mucke were second sharing the #66 Ford GT. Olivier Pla had a great battle with Ferrari's James Calado for second place in class.


AF Corse's Gianmari Bruni and James Calado completed the GTE-Pro podium with the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE.

Aston Martin Racing's Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen were fourth with the Young Driver AMR run #95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE. The Danish aces have extended their championship points lead with one race left.

Davide Rigon and Sam Bird had a frustrating race, they were fifth in class. The two AF Corse drivers never challenged for the top spots and were given a drive through penalty for pit-stop infringement.

Porsche's Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen were sixth with the #77 Porsche 911 RSR from Dempsey Proton Racing.

Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway race ended in the first corner. Their #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE was collected by an LMP2 car.


In GTE-Am, Aston Martin Racing took a dominant class victory. The #98 Aston Martin Vantage GTE driven by Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy never been challenged in the six-hour event.

The last lap was chaotic one, as the second placed AF Corse #83 Ferrari 458 Italia and the third placed KCMG  #78 Porsche 911 RSR collided after contacts with LMP2 cars.

Wolf Henzler rejoind and finished in second place with the KCMG Porsche ahead of Rui Aguas in third with the AF Corse Ferrari.

The next round in the FIA World Endurance Championship will be held in Bahrain. The season finale will be a true title decider in both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes.

Photos: Michelin Media