Berlin/Shanghai (rol/ot) Win in the GTE Pro class and championship frontrunner: The second to last season event of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the six hour race in Shanghai (China) on Friday and Saturday (8th/9th of November) ended successful for the German sports car pilot Stefan Mücke.

#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, Frederic Makowiecki
#97 Aston Martin Racing Aston Martin Vantage GTE: Darren Turner, Stefan Mücke, Frederic Makowiecki

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The Aston Martin works driver from Berlin, who shared the cockpit of the Vantage GTE V8 with his team colleague Darren Turner (Great Britain), won for the third time this season in the GTE pro class and fetched back the lead of the GT drivers ranking at this championship. The duo could make it a perfect season ending with a win on 30th of November at the season finale of the WEC in Bahrain.

The Berlin, who already won the WEC races in Silverstone (England) and in Fuji (Japan), was very happy after his second success in the Chinese metropolis. „We scored the class win in Shanghai last year as well and we wanted to do it again this year. And we did it – I am really happy about that.

The team did a great job, which was rewarded with a double success“, the Berlin said, whose team colleague Darren Turner started into the race from pole position. Stefan Mücke completed the start to finish win in the Aston Martin Vantage with starting number 97 ahead the sister car (#99) with Pedro Lamy (Portugal), Bruno Senna (Brazil) and Richie Stanaway (New Zealand).

So Mücke and Turner, who drove each three one hour stints in Shanghai, made their way up on the first position in the GT drivers ranking again coming from position three and ousted the so far leading Italians Gianmaria Bruni and Giancarlo Fisichella, who finished fourth in the Ferrari in Shanghai, about 5.5 points to the second position.

„It hasn’t been an easy race, because with the temperatures getting lower the rubber abrasion of the tires increased“, the Berliner explained. „So a good tire management was necessary – you couldn’t drive too gently but also not too hard as well. Everything worked out in the end. Now we want to score the title in Bahrain.

This is going to be a thrilling finale.“ Stefan Mücke travels to Macau already on Monday (11th of November), where he will be on start at the last race of this year’s GT Asia Series (15th to 17th of November). He will also meet the team of his father Peter Mücke – kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport –, which starts at the Formula 3 grand Prix same time.

Stefan Mücke