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Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi have moved to within striking distance of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship drivers' title as the pair led another dominant Toyota 1-2 in the Shanghai 6 Hours

Making the most of an early safety car that prompted the #8 TS040 Hybrid to come into the pit lane out-of-sync, though a bungled stop would force the car back in a lap later after failing to take on enough fuel, the move was enough to see the Anglo-Swiss duo climb the order again under racing conditions before forging ahead as their rivals pitted as normal.

From here, Davidson and Buemi were never troubled again, holding a comfortable lead back to the sister #7 car of Stephane Sarrazin, Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima and protecting its advantage to cross the line more than a minute ahead.

It's fourth win of the season, with main rivals Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer finishing in fourth position, Davidson and Buemi have extended their lead in the drivers' standings to 42 points with only a maximum of 52 remaining from the final two races in Bahrain and Brazil.

Similarly, Toyota has increased its lead in the manufacturers' reckoning to 29 points, which means the Japanese firm can wrap up both titles comfortably next time out Bahrain.

Behind the dominant Toyotas, the pole sitting Porsche of Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb completed the podium, despite coming under pressure in the closing stages by the trailing Audis. However, the 919 Hybrid's superior straight line would prove good enough to resist Audi's best chance of overtaking. The race would finish with the #2 Audi in fourth and the #1 car of Tom Kristensen, Lucas di Grassi and Loic Duval in fifth, the trio now officially unable to defend its title.

In the LMP1-L class, Rebellion Racing took another 1-2, with Nick Heidfeld, Mathias Beche and Nicolas Prost coming away victorious over its team-mates.

G-Drive closes gap on Zlobin

A second consecutive win for the G-Drive Ligier JS P2 has moved Roman Rusinov, Julian Canal and Olivier Pla closer to the title fight, the trio enjoying a comprehensive victory over the wild-card Extreme Speed Motorsports ARX of Ryan Dalziel, Rodolfo Gonzalez and Scott Speed.

Sergey Zlobin continues to lead the overall standings in the SMP Oreca Nissan after he, along with team-mates Nicolas Minassian and Marco Mediani, secured third position in class, but the Russian's advantage is now down to six points.

Porsche 1-2 as Bruni, Vilander retire on first lap

Porsche returned to winning ways in the LM GTE Pro class, taking full advantage of retirements for the leading AF Corse Ferrari and Aston Martin entries.

Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander could have wrapped up the title in Shanghai, but a collision with the cruising KCMG LMP2 car - which had suffered a fuel pump issue - put paid to its efforts on the opening lap.

Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke went on to assume control of the race in their Aston Martin, only for them to retire from the lead with 90mins remaining with mechanical problems.

As such, Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki capitalised to take victory, ahead of team-mates Joerg Bergmeister and Richard Lietz, marking the first GT win for Porsche since the opening round at Silverstone. AF Corse's Davide Rigon and James Calado completed the GTE Pro podium.

In the GTE Am class, Aston Martin enjoyed better fortunes as its domination of the category continued with a 1-2 result, the #98 V8 Vantage of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Christoffer Nygaard leading the sister #98 car of Richie Stanaway, David Heinemeier-Hansson and Kristian Poulsen.



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