Shanghai WEC: Hartley keeps Porsche on top in final practice

Brendon Hartley set the fastest-ever LMP1 lap at Shanghai on Saturday as he turned in a 1m42.799s lap with the Porsche 919 Hybrid he shares with Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard.

The Kiwi outpaced the sister Porsche driven by Marc Lieb as teams simulated qualifying runs before concentrating on race pace in the second half of the 90-minute session.

Hartley, Webber and Bernhard hold a one-point advantage over Audi’s Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler as they head into qualifying.

Audi was second with the #7 entry driven by Treluyer, 0.7s up on Loic Duval in the #8 R18 e-tron quattro.

The #7 Audi started the session on old tyres and completed its qualifying simulation, much later than its rivals. The gap between Audi and Porsche for qualifying appears to be around the two second mark.

Toyota Racing continued to annex the fifth and sixth positions with Sebastien Buemi heading Alex Wurz in the pair of Toyota TS 040 HYBRID LMP1 cars

The session saw one Full Course Yellow, which was deployed after twenty minutes when Julien Canal crashed his G-Drive Ligier on the quick right-hander coming onto the back straight. The Frenchman clattered the wall on the inside, damaging the front left corner and rear deck of the car.

While there was frustration for that side of the G-Drive garage, there was satisfaction in the other as Pipo Derani claimed the fastest lap in the #28 car. The Brazilian set a best lap of 1m52.453s to head the Strakka Gibson of Danny Watts by a huge margin of 1.6s.

Ferrari led both of the GT classes with Gianmaria Bruni enjoying a clear lead in the Pro class with the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia he shares with Toni Vilander. The rapid Italian had a 0.421s gap over the #92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR driven by Frederic Makowiecki.

Makowiecki's teammate Patrick Pilet took over for the final 25 minutes of the session and survived a collision with Pierre Kaffer’s CLM P1/01 LMP1 car.

The LMGTE Am class had the SMP Racing Ferrari hold an advantage. Surprisingly, it was the team's Bronze-categorised driver Aleksey Basov who posted the fastest lap of 2m04.688s. The Russian’s time was a couple of tenths up on Pat Long’s in the Dempsey-Proton Porsche.

Practice results:

PosDriverTeamCarTimeGap
1 Mark Webber 
Brendon Hartley 
Timo Bernhard 
Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid 1:42.799 1:42.799
2 Marc Lieb 
Romain Dumas 
Neel Jani 
Porsche Team Porsche 919 Hybrid 1:43.919 +1.120
3 Andre Lotterer 
Benoit Tréluyer 
Marcel Fassler 
Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro '15 1:44.956 +2.157
4 Loic Duval 
Oliver Jarvis 
Lucas di Grassi 
Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro '15 1:45.645 +2.846
5 Anthony Davidson 
Kazuki Nakajima 
Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota Racing Toyota TS040 Hybrid 1:46.365 +3.566
6 Alexander Wurz 
Mike Conway 
Stéphane Sarrazin 
Toyota Racing Toyota TS040 Hybrid 1:46.530 +3.731
7 Alexandre Imperatori 
 Mathéo Tuscher 
Dominik Kraihamer 
Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One 1:49.321 +6.522
8 Pipo Derani 
Gustavo Yacaman 
Ricardo Gonzalez 
G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 1:52.453 +9.654
9 Pierre Kaffer 
Simon Trummer 
Team ByKolles CLM P1/01 1:53.940 +11.141
10 Jonny Kane 
Nick Leventis 
Danny Watts 
Strakka Racing Gibson 015S 1:54.054 +11.255
11 Matthew Howson 
Nick Tandy 
Richard Bradley 
KCMG ORECA 05 1:54.245 +11.446
12 Nelson Panciatici 
Paul-Loup Chatin 
 Tom Dillmann 
Signatech Alpine Alpine A450b 1:54.398 +11.599
13 David Heinemeier Hansson
Ryan Dalziel 
Scott Sharp 
Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2 1:54.459 +11.660
14 Roman Rusinov 
Sam Bird 
Julien Canal 
G-Drive Racing Ligier JS P2 1:54.477 +11.678
15 Ed Brown 
Jon Fogarty 
Johannes van Overbeek 
Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier JS P2 1:55.809 +13.010
16 Oliver Webb 
Chris Cumming 
Pierre Ragues 
Team SARD Morand Morgan LMP2 Evo '15 1:55.892 +13.093
17 Alex Brundle 
Ho-Pin Tung 
David Cheng 
Pegasus Racing Morgan LMP2 1:57.231 +14.432
18 Toni Vilander 
Gianmaria Bruni 
AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia 2:02.747 +19.948
19 Frédéric Makowiecki 
Patrick Pilet 
Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR 2:03.168 +20.369
20 Davide Rigon 
James Calado 
AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia 2:03.177 +20.378
21 Alex MacDowall 
Richie Stanaway 
Fernando Rees 
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 2:03.434 +20.635
22 Richard Lietz 
Michael Christensen 
Porsche Team Manthey Porsche 911 RSR 2:03.561 +20.762
23 Jonathan Adam 
Darren Turner 
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 2:04.482 +21.683
24  Aleksey Basov 
Andrea Bertolini 
Viktor Shaitar 
SMP Racing Ferrari F458 Italia 2:04.688 +21.889
25 Patrick Long 
Patrick Dempsey 
Marco Seefried 
Dempsey Racing - Proton Porsche 911 RSR 2:04.899 +22.100
26 Pedro Lamy 
Paul Dalla Lana 
Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 2:05.355 +22.556
27 Gianluca Roda 
Paolo Ruberti 
 Nicolai Sylvest 
Larbre Compétition Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 2:05.908 +23.109
28 Emmanuel Collard 
Rui Aguas 
François Perrodo 
AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia 2:06.087 +23.288
29  Liam Griffin 
Francesco Castellacci 
Stuart Hall 
Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage V8 2:06.612 +23.813
30 Khaled Al Qubaisi 
Christian Ried 
Klaus Bachler 
Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR 2:07.572 +24.773
31 Mathias Beche 
Nicolas Prost 
Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One 2:09.011 +26.212

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Series WEC
Event Shanghai
Track Shanghai International Circuit
Drivers Mark Webber , Timo Bernhard , Brendon Hartley
Teams Porsche Team
Article type Practice report