2019 4 Hours of Shanghai

The 2019 4 Hours of Shanghai was an endurance sportscar racing event held on 10 November 2019, as the third round of the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship. This was the inaugural running of the race, in a four-hour format, having previously been run as the 6 Hours of Shanghai. The race was won overall by Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes, and Norman Nato, in the #1 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13, with the race being the first win on the road for a non hybrid LMP1 since the first ever WEC race, the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring. [1]

Track map of the Shanghai International Circuit, in the Grand Prix Circuit Configuration
The overall race winner, the #1 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R13, pictured at Silverstone in 2018

BackgroundEdit

The provisional calendar for the 2019–20 FIA World Endurance Championship was unveiled at the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone, featuring eight races, on five continents, starting at Silverstone in September 2019 with a four-hour race, and ending with the Le Mans 24 Hours in June 2020. It was noted that for first time in the FIA World Endurance Championship, 4 hour races would be introduced, at the Silverstone Circuit, and the Shanghai International Circuit, following a fan survey which was conducted by the championship[2][3][4][5] despite an overwhelming preference being shown for 6 hour, 12 hour, and 24 hour races.[6]

Entry listEdit

The entry list for the race was released on 10 October 2019, with 31 cars being split across the four classes. All five full-season LMP1 entries were listed, alongside 8 LMP2s, 6 GTE-Pro cars, and 12 cars in GTE-Am, with GTE Am having the #78 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR as an additional entry. Majority of the driving seats were displayed as being filled, with the exception of both Team LNT Ginetta G60-LT-P1s, which had no drivers, and the #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing, which had 2 empty seats.[7] A 2nd entry list was released on 23 October 2019, with the Team LNT Ginetta seats being filled, with all drivers from the previous race returning, with the exception of Luca Ghiotto, who was replaced by Jordan King.[8][9] On November 7, 2019, Will Bamber was announced to be driving in the #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing, alongside Thomas Preining.[10]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pole position winners in each class are marked in bold.[11]

Pos Class Team Average Time Gap Grid
1 LMP1 No 1. Rebellion Racing 1:45.892 - 1
2 LMP1 No. 6 Team LNT 1:47.092 1.200 2
3 LMP1 No. 5 Team LNT 1:47.109 1.217 3
4 LMP1 No. 7 Toyota Gazoo Racing 1:47.235 1.343 4
5 LMP1 No. 8 Toyota Gazoo Racing 1:48.180 2.288 5
6 LMP2 No. 42 Cool Racing 1:48.649 2.757 6
7 LMP2 No. 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing 1:48.775 2.883 7
8 LMP2 No. 22 United Autosports 1:48.972 3.080 8
9 LMP2 No. 33 High Class Racing 1:49.245 3.353 9
10 LMP2 No. 38 Jota Sport 1:49.739 3.847 10
11 LMP2 No. 47 Cetilar Racing 1:50.496 4.604 11
12 LMP2 No. 36 Signatech Alpine Elf 1:50.941 5.049 12
13 LMGTE-Pro No. 92 Porsche GT Team 1:59.579 13.687 13
14 LMGTE-Pro No. 95 Aston Martin Racing 1:59.597 13.705 14
15 LMGTE-Pro No. 97 Aston Martin Racing 1:59.607 13.715 15
16 LMGTE-Pro No. 51 AF Corse 1:59.687 13.795 16
17 LMGTE-Pro No. 71 AF Corse 2:00.067 14.175 17
18 LMGTE-Pro No. 91 Porsche GT Team 2:00.224 14.332 18
19 LMGTE-Am No. 56 Team Project 1 2:00.824 14.932 19
20 LMGTE-Am No. 98 Aston Martin Racing 2:01.528 15.636 20
21 LMGTE-Am No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2:01.655 15.763 21
22 LMGTE-Am No. 90 TF Sport 2:02.192 16.300 22
23 LMGTE-Am No. 57 Team Project 1 2:02.228 16.336 23
24 LMGTE-Am No. 54 AF Corse 2:02.404 16.512 24
25 LMGTE-Am No. 70 MR Racing 2:02.602 16.710 25
26 LMGTE-Am No. 88 Dempsey-Proton Racing 2:02.714 16.822 26
27 LMGTE-Am No. 86 Gulf Racing 2:02.978 17.086 27
28 LMGTE-Am No. 83 AF Corse 2:03.001 17.109 28
29 LMGTE-Am No. 78 Proton Competition 2:03.086 17.194 29
30 LMGTE-Am No. 62 Red River Sport 2:03.239 17.347 30
31 LMP2 No. 29 Racing Team Nederland 1:48.431 +2.539 31

RaceEdit

Race ResultEdit

The minimum number of laps for classification (70% of the overall winning car's race distance) was 88 laps. Class winners in bold.[12]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 LMP1 1   Rebellion Racing   Bruno Senna
  Gustavo Menezes
  Norman Nato
Rebellion R13 M 125 4:00:59.195
Gibson GL458 4.5 L V8
2 LMP1 8   Toyota Gazoo Racing   Sébastien Buemi
  Kazuki Nakajima
  Brendon Hartley
Toyota TS050 Hybrid M 125 +1:06.984
Toyota 2.4L Turbo V6
3 LMP1 7   Toyota Gazoo Racing   Mike Conway
  Kamui Kobayashi
  José María López
Toyota TS050 Hybrid M 124 +1 lap
Toyota 2.4L Turbo V6
4 LMP1 5   Team LNT   Jordan King
  Ben Hanley
  Egor Orudzhev
Ginetta G60-LT-P1 M 124 +1 lap
AER P60C 2.4 L Turbo V6
5 LMP1 6   Team LNT   Charlie Robertson
  Michael Simpson
  Guy Smith
Ginetta G60-LT-P1 M 123 +2 laps
AER P60C 2.4 L Turbo V6
6 LMP2 38   Jota Sport   António Félix da Costa
  Roberto González
  Anthony Davidson
Oreca 07 G 121 +4 laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
7 LMP2 37   Jackie Chan DC Racing   Ho-Pin Tung
  Gabriel Aubry
  Will Stevens
Oreca 07 G 121 +4 laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
8 LMP2 22   United Autosports   Filipe Albuquerque
  Philip Hanson
  Paul di Resta
Oreca 07 M 121 +4 laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
9 LMP2 36   Signatech Alpine Elf   Thomas Laurent
  André Negrão
  Pierre Ragues
Oreca 07 M 120 +5 laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
10 LMP2 29   Racing Team Nederland   Giedo van der Garde
  Frits van Eerd
  Nyck de Vries
Oreca 07 M 120 +5 laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
11 LMP2 33   High Class Racing   Anders Fjordbach
  Mark Patterson
  Kenta Yamashita
Oreca 07 G 120 +5 laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
12 LMP2 47   Cetilar Racing   Andrea Belicchi
  Roberto Lacorte
  Giorgio Sernagiotto
Dallara P217 M 119 +6 laps
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
13 LMGTE Pro 51   AF Corse   James Calado
  Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO M 115 +10 laps
Ferrari F154CB 4.0L Turbo V8
14 LMGTE Pro 92   Porsche GT Team   Michael Christensen
  Kévin Estre
Porsche 911 RSR-19 M 115 +10 laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-Six
15 LMGTE Pro 91   Porsche GT Team   Gianmaria Bruni
  Richard Lietz
Porsche 911 RSR-19 M 115 +10 laps
Porsche 4.2L Flat-Six
16 LMGTE Pro 97   Aston Martin Racing   Alex Lynn
  Maxime Martin
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE M 115 +10 laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
17 LMGTE Pro 95   Aston Martin Racing   Marco Sørensen
  Nicki Thiim
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE M 115 +10 laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
18 LMGTE Pro 71   AF Corse   Davide Rigon
  Miguel Molina
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO M 115 +10 laps
Ferrari F154CB 4.0L Turbo V8
19 LMGTE Am 90   TF Sport   Jonathan Adam
  Charlie Eastwood
  Salih Yoluç
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE M 113 +12 laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
20 LMGTE Am 57   Team Project 1   Jeroen Bleekemolen
  Larry ten Voorde
  Ben Keating
Porsche 911 RSR M 113 +12 laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat 6
21 LMGTE Am 98   Aston Martin Racing   Paul Dalla Lana
  Darren Turner
  Ross Gunn
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GTE M 113 +12 laps
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
22 LMGTE Am 83   AF Corse   Emmanuel Collard
  Nicklas Nielsen
  François Perrodo
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO M 113 +12 laps
Ferrari F154CB 4.0L Turbo V8
23 LMGTE Am 56   Team Project 1   Matteo Cairoli
  David Heinemeier Hansson
  Egidio Perfetti
Porsche 911 RSR M 112 +13 laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat 6
24 LMGTE Am 88   Dempsey-Proton Racing   Thomas Preining
  Will Bamber
  Angelo Negro
Porsche 911 RSR M 112 +13 laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat 6
25 LMGTE Am 70   MR Racing   Olivier Beretta
  Kei Cozzolino
  Motoaki Ishikawa
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO M 112 +13 laps
Ferrari F154CB 4.0L Turbo V8
26 LMGTE Am 54   AF Corse   Francesco Castellacci
  Giancarlo Fisichella
  Thomas Flohr
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO M 112 +13 laps
Ferrari F154CB 4.0L Turbo V8
27 LMGTE Am 86   Gulf Racing   Ben Barker
  Michael Wainwright
  Andrew Watson
Porsche 911 RSR M 112 +13 laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat 6
28 LMGTE Am 62   Red River Sport   Bonamy Grimes
  Charles Hollings
  Johnny Mowlem
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO M 112 +13 laps
Ferrari F154CB 4.0L Turbo V8
29[N 1] LMGTE Am 77   Dempsey-Proton Racing   Matt Campbell
  Riccardo Pera
  Christian Ried
Porsche 911 RSR M 111 +14 laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat 6
30 LMGTE Am 78   Proton Competition   Philippe Prette
  Louis Prette
  Vincent Abril
Porsche 911 RSR M 107 +18 laps
Porsche 4.0L Flat 6
Ret LMP2 42   Cool Racing   Antonin Borga
  Alexander Coigny
  Nicolas Lapierre
Oreca 07 M 30 Not classified
Gibson GK428 4.2 L V8
  1. ^ The No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Competition was penalised 1 lap and 53.707 seconds by the stewards after the race due to exceeding the dry-weather tyre allocation (24 instead of 22 tyres used)[13].

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