The private prototype Rebellion wins in the third round of the World Endurance Championship in China (WEC).
As we sensed, Toyota has cracked! Defeated in the pole race, the Japanese manufacturer put a second knee on Sunday, during the 4 hours of Shanghai (3rd round of the WEC). On arrival, the TS050 crews Buemi-Nakajima-Hartley (N.8, 1'06) and Conway-Kobayashi-Lopez (N.7, 1 lap) finish more than a minute from the private Rebellion from Senna-Nato-Menezes.
This is a great first in the WEC championship because since 2012 and the successive victories of Audi, Porsche and Toyota, no private car had imposed itself in the regular league. Except at the 2018 edition of the 6 hours of Silverstone where the decommissioning of Toyota had allowed the Rebellion to win on green carpet.
Since then, the Rebellion team has handed over the book on the trade, before dominating the Toyota regularly. Curbed by the new system of Success Handicap (translate a penalty on different factors inflicted according to the results of the races) to tighten the best performance and give the best possible chances to all competitors, Toyota have suffered the game of the only Rebellion. His top speed in a straight line largely compensates for his seconds lost during stops to refuel.
Still uncertain after the 4th place at the last 24 Hours of Le Mans, the commitment of the Swiss team is rewarded, as the two new Ginetta (4th and 5th) who confirm their good debut on the big international stage of endurance.
Victims of a drive-through to have anticipated the start, just like the Toyota N.7, the two Ginetta finish at only one and two laps of the winning car.
Fitted with Goodyear tires, the British Davidson Jota LMP2 # 38, partner Gonzales and De Costa (at 4t), first crossed the finish line in front of the Jackie Chan DC Racing car with the local Ho-Pin Tung , partner of Stevens and Aubry. The other Oreca Team United Autsports (Di Resta, Hanson, Albuquerque), 3rd in the final, taking advantage of the setbacks of the Cool Racing (hanging with the Porsche N.78), yet on the pole, and the lack of performance of the Signatech -Alpine (9th).
On the dry track of the Shanghai circuit, Ferrari also won its first victory in China, ahead of the two official Porsches, thanks to the performance of the Calado-Pier Guidi duo's 488 model (N.51), more fortunate than Sorenren (Aston Martin No. 95) only 5th after a puncture. The British brand is catching up in the GTE Am category with the success of TF Sport (Yoluc-Eastwood-Adam).
Next race: 8 hours from Bahrain (14 December).
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