Porsche heads to the sixth round of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship hoping it can continue the steady progress that saw it comfortably out-perform Audi in Japan.

Though no match for Toyota around the Fuji Speedway, Porsche had the measure of multiple champions Audi for the first time since it returned to top-level sportscar competition, finishing third and fourth.

With just three rounds of the season remaining, Porsche is hopeful it can continue its positive stretch of form in China, another new challenge for the 919 Hybrid.

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"Each track is a new challenge for our young team with the Porsche 919 Hybrid," said vice president Fritz Enzinger. "In Fuji we managed the situation very well with an extremely steep learning curve from the first practice laps up to the race. We hope we can do the same in Shanghai, which is a completely different circuit.

"We are pleased to have this race on the calendar, as China is such an attractive market for Porsche. We want to perform there as well as possible in comparison to our strong competition."