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Porsche fights back against Audi in Shanghai

The two Porsche 919 Hybrids have fought back in Shanghai having lagged behind Audi in the opening free practice session, with the World Endurance Championship-leading #17 of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard setting the pace.
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The two Porsche 919 Hybrids have fought back in Shanghai having lagged behind Audi in the opening free practice session, with the World Endurance Championship-leading #17 of Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard setting the pace.

After a relatively slow start by the Porsche LMP1 machines the team dialled them in to the Shanghai International Circuit, with Webber setting the fastest lap of the day of 1m 45.111s – over two seconds under the existing lap record set by Allan McNish in 2013.

Webber's time kept the #17 Porsche ahead of its sister car driven by Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas by two-tenths of a second while the Audi's were left trailing in third and fourth respectively. The #8 Audi of Loic Duval, Nicolas di Grassi and Oliver Jarvis found over 0.8s to take third positon on the FP2 timesheet but #7 Audi's fastest FP1 time of 1m 45.707s saw them stay third fastest overall.

Both Toyota's continued to struggle to catch the German manufacturer machines in fifth and sixth, while the #13 Rebellion Racing R-One lead the privateer LMP1 category.

In LMP2 the #47 KCMG Oreca 05-Nissan, which has picked up a penalty for its part in the clashes with G-Drive cars in the Fuji 6 Hours, topped both sessions to pull out a tenth on its nearest rival Signatech Alpine Nissan.

In the GTE-Pro class it was a case of a AF Corse Ferrari fightback with Davide Rigon and James Calado setting the early pace with a 2m 03.028s after the Porsche Team Manthay of Pilet and Makowiecki had topped FP1.

It became a double scoop for Ferrari machines, with the SMP Ferrari 458 Italia driven by Shaytar, Basov and Bertolini taking top honours the GTE-Am category.


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