Friday, October 31, 2014

FIA WEC: Toyota leads Audi and Porsche after first free practice at Shanghai

By Johan Laubscher

Round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship has gotten underway at Shanghai International Circuit in China.

At 10h45 local time the twenty-seven car field went out on track for the first free practice session. The three LMP1 manufacturer teams were paired with their cars in the top six, the two Toyotas leading the pair of Audi and Porsche cars.

Toyota topped the time sheets with a 1-2. The #8 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid lead ahead of their teammates in the #7 Toyota.

Audi Sport Team Joest occupied positions three and four with their Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars. The #2 Audi squad of Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer were third fastest, ahead of the #1 Audi with Tom Kristensen, Lucas di Grassi and Loïc Duval.

The #20 and #14 Porsche 919 Hybrid cars placed fifth and sixth respectively.

The results can be seen HERE.

Friday’s track running will conclude with the second free practice at 15h30 local time, ahead of free practice three and qualifying tomorrow.