Toyota won a rain affected 6 hours of Shanghai this weekend when Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez took their #7 TS050 to the flag in what turned out to be a memorable race.
After a red flag affected the first 3 hours of Sunday’s race due to extreme weather conditions improved in the final three hours with Conway taking the flag 1.419 seconds ahead of team-mate Kazuki Nakajima after a late-race safety car bunched up the two Toyota TS050 Hybrids.
Mikhel Aleshin, Jenson Button and Vitaly Petrov completed the podium in the #17 SMP BR1 giving the trio their first podium of the season..
Thomas Laurent was one of the first casualties when he crashed his Rebellion under the safety car before the race was red flagged for the first time. Towards the end of the race Matevos Isaakyan destroyed another of the top class LMP1 cars when his #17 SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AER hit the barriers on the straight before the final corner, spewing debris across the track.
In LMP2, hometown heroes Jackie Chan DC Racing claimed victory with their #38 Oreca 07 Gibson driven by Gabriel Aubry, Stephane Richelmi and Ho-Pin Tung. Aubry had several GTE-Pro cars between himself and DragonSpeed’s Roberto Gonzalez at the final restart, giving the Frenchman enough of a buffer to maintain his lead.
Gonzalez held on to take second in the #31 Oreca shared with Pastor Maldonado and Anthony Davidson, while the #36 Signatech Alpine A470 Gibson completed the LMP2 podium.
Aston Martin finally took a win in GTE PRO with the new-generation Vantage GTE. In a dramatic battle Marco Sorensen, who shared the #95 car with fellow Dane Nicki Thiim, finished ahead of the two Porsche 911 RSRs driven by Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen.
GTE-Am honours went to the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR of Matt Campbell, Julian Andlauer and Christian Ried who headed an all Porsche podium. Team Project 1 took the second step with the second Dempsey-Proton Racing car rounding out the top three.