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WEC Shanghai 2015: Porsche takes double victory and manufacturer title

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T he Porsche soaring, the one with victory in the 24h race that started in Le Mans in mid-June continues: in the seventh and penultimate round of the sports car world championship, the Porsche LMP1 trio Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley won their fourth consecutive victory and consolidated them before the finale in Bahrain at the end of November Leading the table in the drivers 'standings.

Even before the China race, the situation in the manufacturers' championship was even clearer: the Porsche LMP1 team traveled with a comfortable score Jump from 53 points to rival Audi and needed a victory and a fourth place to close the bag early.

Exciting battle for 2nd place

This endeavor was also successful: Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb took second place behind the world championship leaders and caught both of the Joest team's Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the final spurt. The race for the runner-up was turbulent: Marc Lieb was only touched by Audi driver André Lotterer shortly after the start and spun out. In total, Lieb lost more than 40 seconds and fell back to the end of the 31-car world championship field.

Thanks to clever tactics, the trio was able to move forward again and even led the race again for a short time, but then Romain Dumas made a mistake in the last third of the race on a drying track with slicks - a spin cost 40 seconds and meant a fall back from second to fourth place.

At the last stop, the works team decided not to change tires, while both Audis put on fresh tires at the last stop - the shorter stopping time brought the Porsche 919 from Lieb, Dumas and Jani back to second place.

The winners in China were spared such dramas: Webber, Hartley and Bernhard led over long phases in a race characterized by changeable weather conditions: at the beginning of the race it was still raining heavily, rain tires were used, the showers only subsided after more than two hours, the track dry Slowly waned, it was time for intermediates. And it wasn't until an hour and a half before the end that you could finally switch to slick tires.

The opportunities to make mistakes were more than numerous in the slippery conditions, but the Porsche drivers kept a cool head and led over long distances started the race and won well and deservedly.

First Porsche titleSince 1986

Porsche's main opponent in the Sports Car World Championship tried everything, but was not rewarded: After the qualifying slap, Audi knew that it would be difficult to beat the Swabians in the race. So at least the drivers' championship had to be kept as open as possible for the final in Bahrain.

André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer and Marcel Fässler managed to limit the damage with third place. The Audi trio took risks; they switched to intermediates and slicks very early in order to put Porsche under pressure. Ultimately, however, you had slight disadvantages compared to Porsche in terms of speed. The Swabians always seemed to have reserves and controlled their lead.

By winning the manufacturers' championship, Porsche brought a world title to Stuttgart for the first time since 1986. The happy event was also duly celebrated: the factory team had already secretly booked a location in downtown Shanghai in case the title should be retracted prematurely. -headline__article - beta '> Porsche also wins in the GT class

The Porsche GT works team also celebrated Olaf Manthey, who were no less confident than the LMP1 brothers: the Porsche 911 RSR dominated the race under the wet and unsteady conditions. World Championship leader Richard Lietz and his teammate Michael Christensen clearly won the China guest appearance.

The sister car of Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki was actually quite confidently in second place until the last stop, but it did Gianmaria Bruni in the Ferrari was able to shorten the gap and then decided not to change tires at the last stop. Due to the shorter downtime, Bruni and team-mate Toni Vilander came second in the factory-supported Ferrari 458 of the Italian AF Corse team.

Nevertheless, the Austrian Porsche works driver Richard Lietz now has the best chances of winning in Bahrain To win driver's title. And in the manufacturers' championship, the GT long-term duel between Ferrari and Porsche is also still completely open.

We have some impressions from the WEC race in Shanghai in our gallery.

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