The No.1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Tréluyer, and Marcel Fässler won the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Shanghai by 15.374 sec, beating the No.7 Toyota Racing TS030 Hybrid driven by Alexander Wurz and N Lapierre. The No.2 Audi’s third place finish was enough to provisionally secure the FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship for Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, and Loic Duval. Rebellion Racing’s No.12 Lola Toyota was fourth overall at the finish.
G-Drive Racing ORECA 03 Nissan took its third LMP2 win of the season, ahead of the two OAK Racing Morgan Nissans. Aston Martin Racing led GTE Pro start to finish, with the No.97 of Stefan Mucke and Darren Turner narrowly beating the sister No.99 piloted by Bruno Senna, Pedro Lamy, and Richie Stanaway. The No.81 Ferrari of 8Star Motorsport won GTE Am after the leading Aston Martin broke down during the fourth hour. The No.76 IMSA Matmut Porsche finished second in class.
The Duval/Kristensen/McNish championship came on the heels of teammates Fassler, Lotterer, and Treluyer having won the debut WEC title in 2012. The 2013 champions secured victories at Silverstone, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Austin, and finished second at Spa, Sao Paulo, and Fuji. As a whole, Audi has won 6 of the 7 races won this year, the one exception being the 6 Hours of Fuji at which Toyota took the win in a race shortened due to torrential rain.
“That was a brilliant victory because it was a really hard-fought one,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport). “The race was thrilling all the way to the end and decided only in the last half hour. The team performance was particularly nice because car number ‘2’ helped out car number ‘1’ with tire sets. Consequently, we delivered a great result for the Audi brand and showed how harmoniously our team functions. In the winning team, Benoît Tréluyer had a very important part. The track suits him particularly well.”
For his part, Treluyer congratulated his teammate on winning the title. “Tom and Allan have been top-caliber drivers for such a long time; they simply deserve it – just like Loïc, who’s experienced a great season,” Treluyer said. “Our Audi was outstanding. After we didn’t have the right tires at the beginning of the race, we became notably faster on a different type of tire. Car number ‘2’ helped us out with these tire sets. Thank you very much for that! This way, I was able to overtake Alex Wurz in traffic. It was a thrill all the way to the end.”
OAK Racing team principal Sebastien Philippe was pleased with his team’s result despite missing the top step of the podium. “Today, we were not in a position to beat G-Drive Racing, and third is a good overall performance,” he said, “all the more so as it’s a great result in view of the drivers’ and teams’ championships.”
“That was a fantastic result, but it wasn’t easy,” said Turner regarding his GTE Pro victory. “The competition is so tough, especially from our own cars – the #99 gave us a real run for our money. The qualifying session was the hardest of the year, so to take pole and an extra point was great. The car was brilliant for most of the race. I had one difficult stint, but we managed to maintain the lead and take the race win, which is what we needed to do.”