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WEC 2017 - 6 Hours of Shanghai - LMP and GTE glory for Toyota Gazoo Racing and Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK

WEC 2017 - 6 Hours of Shanghai - LMP and GTE glory for Toyota Gazoo Racing and Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK

Toyota Gazoo Racing came close to following up its recent one-two finish at Fuji, Japan, with a similar result today in Shanghai, China. Its hopes were scuppered with 37 minutes of the Chinese six-hour clash remaining, however, when the then second-placed N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid (with José-Maria Lopez at the wheel) hit the Porsche 911 RSR of Richard Lietz during a passing manoeuvre. Porsche Team went on to collect second and third places overall to wrap up the 2017 Manufacturers’ title, while Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley (2nd, N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid) put the seal on this year’s Drivers’ crown.

The 2017 6 Hours of Shanghai produced a number of exciting duels, including some early jousting in the premier division between Toyota Gazoo Racing and Porsche LMP Team before the Japanese outfit succeeded in pulling away, assisted by its tyre strategy. It effectively continued to extend its lead until the late tangle of the second-placed N°7 prototype (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) which allowed Porsche through to second spot.


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