Silverstone-based G Drive Racing scored their third victory of the season in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the 6 Hours of Shanghai race last weekend, writes James Beckett.
Roman Rusinov, Mike Conway and John Martin drove the team’s number 26 Oreca 03-Nissan to a class triumph ahead of the Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan of Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier Hansson to keep their hopes of winning the LMP2 title alive with just one race remaining in Bahrain.
The Delta-ADR-entered Oreca 03-Nissan, driven by Tor Graves, Robbie Kerr and Craig Dolby finished fourth in class – eighth overall.
At the start of the race the two Toyota-TS030 Hybrid cars set the pace, with Brackley’s Anthony Davidson at the wheel of the number 8 car.
However, Davidson’s car developed problems and was forced to retire leaving the local racer and his team-mates, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin on the sidelines.
As the race developed the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler picked-up the lead and the car held on to score overall victory ahead of the number 7 Toyota of Alexander Wurz and Nicola Lapierre. Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Allan McNish finished third for Audi – a result good enough to win the trio the coveted FIA WEC championship title.