Wet Conditions Play to Porsche and Aston Martins Strengths in LMGTE
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Wet Conditions Play to Porsche and Aston Martins Strengths in LMGTE


At the halfway point of the 6 Hours of Shanghai the very wet conditions that have caused drama in the opening three hours of round 7 of the FIA World Endurance Championship show no signs of clearing away from above the Shanghai International Circuit.

The race got underway behind the Safety Car and, while the race went green after 13 minutes of running, the conditions caught out several drivers and one safety car and three Full Course Yellows were declared in the first 180 minutes to recover stranded cars and clear gravel from the track.

The two Porsche 911s were at the head of the field as the clock hit 14h00 in China, with Michael Christensen in the no91 Porsche Team Manthey entry running ahead of Fred Makowieci in the no92 911.  The two AF Corse Ferraris were 3rd and  5th, the no51 of Toni Vilander ahead of the no71 of James Calado, with the two Italian cars split by the no99 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Richie Stanaway.

In LMGTE Am the no98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Paul Dalla Lana led the grid away at the green flag but was passed by the no50 Larbre Competition Corvette of Paolo Ruberti.  Pat Long in the Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche came from the back of the grid following a spin behind the safety car to take the lead after 30 minutes into the race.

As the race progressed the two Aston Martin Racing Vantages got back up to the front of field with Mathias Lauda (no98) and Francesco Castellacci (no96) fighting for the lead of the category, with Lauda holding the upperhand at the half way point of the race.

The championship-leading no72 SMP Racing Ferrari finished the first half of the race in 5th after a 30 second stop-go penalty for pitting during the first three laps of the second safety car period and a couple of spins in the treacherous conditions.    

14:00:31 Stop for Audi #7 Treluyer stays in

13:59:54 After 3 hours Porsche #18 leads P1 and #30 Ligier leads P2

13:57:53 Tung has taken over 2nd place in P2 Morgan

13:56:45 Ligier #26 penalty was for speeding under full course yellow

13:55:52 Ligier #30 takes lead in P2

13:51:56 Drive through for Ligier #26

13:50:25 P2 leader #29 Morgan stops

13:49:43 Porsche #18 takes lead from Audi 

13:45:28 Aston #98 takes lead in GTE Am

13:44:35 All cars still running with Porsche #88 last 15 laps behind the leader

13:42:29 Spin for Gibson #42 

13:40:48 Spin for Corvette #50 and rejoins

13:37:09 Porsche #17 takes 3rd from Audi #8

13:31:38 Rain now easing again

13:30:31 Aston #96 takes lead in GTE Am

13:28:24 Porsche #18 takes 2nd from Audi #8

13:27:24 Porsche #18 takes 3rd from team mate #17

13:24:07 Porsche #88 into its pit garage

13:22:36 Audi #7 takes lead from team mate #8

13:18:57 Treluyer takes 2nd in Audi #7

13:12:58 Toyota #1 in pits after spin into gravel

13:11:54 Brundle in #29 Morgan takes lead in P2

13:10:03 Davidson in Toyota #1 reports earlier puncture

13:08:59 Green flag

13:07:04 Di Grassi leads in Audi #8

13:06:25 Porsche #18 Jani in

13:05:43 Porsche #17 into pits Bernhard in

13:05:08 Porsche #88 has rejoined

13:03:37 Full course yellow

13:03:05 Spin for Toyota #1 into gravel

13:02:31 Spin into gravel for Porsche #88

13:01:44 Porsche #91 leads GTE Pro and Aston #98 leads GTE Am

13:00:55 After 2 hours Porsche #17 leads P1 and #28 Ligier leads P2

12:59:39 Green flag again

12:58:52 Aston #98 leads GTE Am after pit stops

12:57:01 Spin for Corvette #50 rejoins and impedes Toyota #2

12:55:38 Marshals still clearing debris from track

12:55:07 Treluyer now in Audi #7

12:54:47 Di Grassi now in Audi #8

12:51:57 Dempsey out of Porsche #77 Seefried in

12:49:22 Full course yellow to retrieve #13 Rebellion

12:48:40 Morgan #29 takes 3rd in P2

12:47:41 Rebellion #13 into gravel

12:46:44 Ligier #28 takes lead in P2 after spin for #26

12:45:43 Aston #98 now 2nd in GTE Am

12:44:20 Spin for Porsche #88

12:43:54 Spin for Porsche #77 at pit entrance

12:43:13 Spin for Corvette #50

12:42:36 Green Flag

12:39:38 Porsche #92 pits Makowiecki gets in

12:38:26 Ferrari #71 stops Calado in

12:37:19 Rain now much heavier

12:34:28 P2 leader into pits Canal now in

12:33:43 Gibson #42 rejoins and pits

12:32:53 Wurz gets into Toyota #2

12:32:01 Aston #96 has taken lead in GTE Am

12:31:04 Porsche #91 has taken lead in GTE Pro

12:30:16 Full Course yellow to retrieve #42 Gibson from gravel


12:30:16 Full Course yellow to retrieve #42 Gibson from gravel

12:29:25 Strakka #42 into gravel

12:28:38 Porsche #18 now up to 4th place after earlier spi

12:27:18 Davidson in #1 Toyota back into pits Nakajima gets in

12:25:45 Rain reported heavier

12:25:09 Aston #98 takes 3rd in GTE Am

12:24:00 Ferrari #71 takes lead of GTE Pro

12:20:50 30 second stop/go for Ferrari #72

12:20:12 Ligier #30 now in 3rd in P2

12:17:48 Audi # 8 now in second after pit stops ahead of Audi #7

12:15:36 All P1 cars still staying on wet tyres

12:14:20 Leader #17 into pits - changes to another set of wet tyres

12:13:18 Stop for Toyota #1 Davidson stays in - no new tyres

12:11:05 Porsche #88 takes lead in GTE Am after spin for Porsche #77

12:09:44 Stop for Audi #7 changes tyres

12:06:13 Stop for Audi #8

12:04:44 After 1 hour #91 Porsche leads GTE Pro and #77 Porsche leads GTE Am

12:03:33 After 1 hour #17 Porsche leads P1 and #26 Ligier leads P2

12:02:19 Morgan #29 pits from 3rd in P2

12:00:37 Ferrari #71 overtakes team mate #51 for 2nd in GTE Pro

11:59:41 Spin for #31 Ligier makes light contact with tyre wall

11:57:33 Porsche #88 takes 3rd in GTE Am

11:56:40 Aston #98 stops Lauda now in

11:54:56 1:55.767 fastest lap of race by Hartley in #17

11:52:14 Porsche #92 into pits - stays on wet tyres Pilet in

11:51:24 Ferrari #83 takes 3rd in GTE Am

11:49:39 Ligier #28 takes 2nd in P2 from Morgan #29

11:48:39 Porsche #18 takes 5th place from #2 Toyota

11:43:48 Dry line beginning to emerge now

11:42:36 Porsche #18 must turn rain light on

11:41:53 Hartley in #17 leads by 2.6 secs from Lotterer in #7 after 17 laps

11:39:49 Porsche #91 takes lead in GTE Pro from Ferrari #51

11:35:58 Hartley in leading Porsche #17 lapping 14 seconds off qualifying pace

11:34:26 Incident between Porsche #18 and Audi #7 under investigation

11:33:02 Lieb in Porsche #18 up to 7th 41 secs behind leading Porsche #17

11:31:28 Long in #77 Porsche takes lead in GTE Am

11:30:25 Rebellion #13 has spin and stops briefly

11:27:34 Corvette #50 leads GTE Am

11:26:54 Brundle now 2nd in P2 in Morgan #29

11:24:52 Ferrari #72 stops Shaytar out Basov in

11:23:32 Green Flag again

11:21:43 Ferrari #51 leads GTE Pro and Aston #98 leads GTE Am

11:19:16 Slight contact between Audi #7 and Porsche #18 leading to spin for #18

11:17:36 Safety car to retrieve Oreca #47

11:16:26 Hartley in Porsche #17 leads first racing lap from Audi #7

11:15:34 Porsche #18 rejoins

11:15:08 Tandy into gravel in Oreca #47

11:14:28 Porsche #18 spins

11:13:07 Green Flag after 14 minutes

11:12:40 Porsche #77 has spin but continues

11:11:45 Safety car in this lap

11:10:26 Vilander in leading GTE Pro Ferrari #51 and Lamy in leading GTE Am Aston #98

11:05:07 Hartley leads after lap 1 behind safety car

11:01:59 No formation lap

11:01:18 Green Flag

11:01:06 Sam Bird will start leading P2 Ligier #26 and Tandy in Oreca #47

10:59:05 Henri Pescarolo is Grand Marshal for the race

10:57:30 Race will start behind safety car

10:56:54 5 minutes to start

10:55:56 Grid being cleared

10:54:54 Matheo Tuscher will be the youngest LMP1 driver in WEC history at 18 years old when he drives #13 Rebellion

10:52:11 Davidson and Conway will start for Toyota

10:51:24 Jarvis and Lotterer will start for Audi

10:50:40 Hartley and Lieb will start for Porsche

10:46:04 Light rain at the circuit - most cars on intermediate tyres