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Shanghai WEC: Rebellion overcomes Toyotas for first on-the-road win

Rebellion wins Shanghai WEC 2019

Rebellion Racing scored its first outright World Endurance Championship on-the-road race win by overcoming the Toyotas to claim victory at Shanghai.

The #1 Rebellion crew Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato seized the opportunity presented to them by the LMP1 success handicap system to beat the best of the Toyota TS050 Hybrids by more than a minute over the course of the four-hour race.

It marks Rebellion's second win since it returned to LMP1, after its inherited win at Silverstone last year, and Toyota's first defeat on merit since the 2017 Austin race.

Rebellion's win came despite a sluggish start from pole, as Nato dropped to the back of the LMP1 field at the start after losing out to both Team LNT Ginettas and the #7 Toyota on the run to Turn 1 and then falling behind the #8 car and several LMP2 runners after that.

Menezes was still fifth when he took over from Nato for the #1 car's second stint, but made speedy progress up the field, his path to the front eased when the two Ginettas and the #7 Toyota were given drive-through penalties for passing Nato before the start.

Now up to second, Menezes passed Sebastien Buemi in the #8 Toyota early in the second hour and from there was able to build an advantage of more than 30 seconds before Senna took over not long after half-distance.

A full-course yellow with just over an hour to run - triggered by the #95 Aston Martin blowing a tyre - made the run to the flag much more comfortable for Rebellion, as it forced both Toyotas into making a splash for fuel towards the end.

Rebellion likewise had to pit with 20 minutes to go but Senna had brought up the car's advantage up almost a minute and resumed ahead of the #8 Toyota in any case, Nakajima bringing the car he shares with Buemi and Brendon Hartley home 1m05s down.

The #7 Toyota of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez was a distant third, dropping off the lead lap with six minutes to go.

Both Ginetta G60-LT-P1s made it to the finish, with the #5 car of Egor Orudzhev, Ben Hanley and team newcomer Jordan King taking fourth place, also a lap down.

The sister #6 car driven by Guy Smith, Charlie Robertson and Mike Simpson lost a minute when Robertson overshot his pit box and ended up two laps down in fifth.

LMP2: JOTA takes dominant victory

Jota ORECA Shanghai WEC 2019

JOTA Sport took a convincing first victory for Goodyear tyres in the WEC with the #38 ORECA 07 shared by Antonio Felix da Costa, Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez.

The sister Jackie Chan DC Racing-branded ORECA had made the early running, as Will Stevens sprinted to an initial lead before losing pace dramatically in his second stint.

That allowed Davidson to move into a lead the #38 car would never lose, while the #37 crew had to turn its attention to fending off a resurgent United Autosports car for second.

In the end, Stevens, Ho-Pin Tung and Gabriel Aubry just held on ahead of United's Michelin-shod ORECA driven by Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson and Paul di Resta, who were forced on to an alternate strategy early on when debris got into their car's airbox.

Fuji winner Racing Team Nederland could only manage fifth after starting from the back of the field - the result of Frits van Eerd not setting a time in qualifying - and picking up a drive-through penalty for Giedo van der Garde hitting the #62 Red River Sport Ferrari.

GTE: Ferrari holds off Porsche for win

Ferrari Shanghai WEC 2019

Ferrari took its first win of the season in GTE Pro as Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado resisted a late challenge from Porsche.

UPDATE: GTE winning Ferrari disqualified

Aston Martin had controlled much of the race with the #95 Vantage GTE of Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen until the car's puncture, which gifted the #51 AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GTE a comfortable lead over the #92 Porsche 911 RSR-19.

Kevin Estre was able to reduce what had been a 15s deficit to 6.7s by the chequered flag, after he and Michael Christensen lost time due to a penalty for an unsafe release.

The second Porsche of Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz completed the podium in third ahead of the best of the Astons, the #97 car of Alex Lynn and Maxime Martin.

In GTE Am, TF Sport took its second win in a row as Charlie Eastwood, Jonathan Adam and Salih Yoluc gained an advantage by pitting under the FCY.

The #90 car had been locked in battle with the works Aston Martin for much of the race, but the #98 crew lost out when Darren Turner handed over to Ross Gunn under green conditions.

Ferrari Shanghai WEC 2019

Turner, Gunn and Paul Dalla Lana - who had dropped to last after contact with Egidio Perfetti's Porsche - had to be content with third at the finish behind the #57 Project 1 Porsche of Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and WEC debutant Larry ten Voorde.

Perfetti, Matteo Cairoli and Davide Heinemeier Hansson were a lapped fifth after early leader Perfetti was penalised for the incident with Dalla Lana.

Race result

1LMP1B.Senna, G.Menezes, N.NatoRebellion RacingRebellion/Gibson1254h00m59.195s
2LMP1S.Buemi, K.Nakajima, B.HartleyToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1251m06.984s
3LMP1M.Conway, K.Kobayashi, J.M.LopezToyota Gazoo RacingToyota1241 Lap
4LMP1J.King, B.Hanley, E.OrudzhevTeam LNTGinetta/AER1241 Lap
5LMP1C.Robertson, M.Simpson, G.SmithTeam LNTGinetta/AER1232 Laps
6LMP2R.Gonzalez, A.F.da Costa, A.DavidsonJOTAORECA/Gibson1214 Laps
7LMP2H-Pin Tung, G.Aubry, W.StevensJackie Chan DC RacingORECA/Gibson1214 Laps
8LMP2P.Hanson, F.Albuquerque, P.Di RestaUnited AutosportsORECA/Gibson1214 Laps
9LMP2T.Laurent, A.Negrao, P.RaguesSignatech Alpine ElfAlpine/Gibson1205 Laps
10LMP2F.van Eerd, G.van der Garde, VriesRacing Team NederlandORECA/Gibson1205 Laps
11LMP2M.Patterson, K.Yamashita, A.FjordbachHigh Class RacingORECA/Gibson1205 Laps
12LMP2R.Lacorte, A.Belicchi, G.SernagiottoCetilar RacingDallara/Gibson1196 Laps
13GTE ProM.Christensen, K.EstrePorsche GT TeamPorsche11510 Laps
14GTE ProG.Bruni, R.LietzPorsche GT TeamPorsche11510 Laps
15GTE ProA.Lynn, M.MartinAston Martin RacingAston Martin11510 Laps
16GTE ProM.Sorensen, N.ThiimAston Martin RacingAston Martin11510 Laps
17GTE ProD.Rigon, M.MolinaAF CorseFerrari11510 Laps
18GTE AmS.Yoluc, C.Eastwood, J.AdamTF SportAston Martin11312 Laps
19GTE AmB.Keating, L.ten Voorde, J.BleekemolenTeam Project 1Porsche11312 Laps
20GTE AmP.D.Lana, D.Turner, R.GunnAston Martin RacingAston Martin11312 Laps
21GTE AmF.Perrodo, E.Collard, N.NielsenAF CorseFerrari11312 Laps
22GTE AmE.Perfetti, D.H.Hansson, M.CairoliTeam Project 1Porsche11213 Laps
23GTE AmA.Negro, W.Bamber, T.PreiningDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche11213 Laps
24GTE AmM.Ishikawa, O.Beretta, K.CozzolinoMR RacingFerrari11213 Laps
25GTE AmT.Flohr, F.Castellacci, G.FisichellaAF CorseFerrari11213 Laps
26GTE AmM.Wainwright, A.Watson, B.BarkerGulf RacingPorsche11213 Laps
27GTE AmB.Grimes, J.Mowlem, C.HollingsRed River SportFerrari11213 Laps
28GTE AmC.Ried, R.Pera, M.CampbellDempsey-Proton RacingPorsche11114 Laps
29GTE AmP.Prette, L.Prette Jr., V.AbrilProton CompetitionPorsche10718 Laps
-GTE ProJ.Calado, A.P.GuidiAF CorseFerrari115Disqualified
-LMP2N.Lapierre, A.Borga, A.CoignyCOOL RacingORECA/Gibson30Retirement

Drivers' standings

1Brendon Hartley62
1Kazuki Nakajima62
1Sebastien Buemi62
2Jose Maria Lopez59
2Kamui Kobayashi59
2Mike Conway59
3Bruno Senna43
3Gustavo Menezes43
3Norman Nato43
4Ben Hanley27.5
4Egor Orudzhev27.5
5Charlie Robertson27

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