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Victory and podium in the “6 Hours Of Shanghai”,  seventh round in the FIA World Endurance Championship

SHANGHAI, November 1st – Victory in LMGTE AM category for to the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #83 – driven by François Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Rui Aguas – and second step on podium in the LMGTE Pro with the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #51 of Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander. This is the outcome in the “6 Hours of Shanghai”, 7th and penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) raced in very wet conditions. The race got underway behind the Safety Car and while went green light after 13 minutes of running, the conditions caught several drivers out and one safety car and four Full Course Yellows were declared during the six hour race.

THE VICTORY IN LMGTE AM – The AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #83 of Emmanuel Collard, Rui Aguas and Francois Perrodo made the most progress in the race; the trio, together with the team at the wall, read well the conditions  and made the right call at the right time with regards to tyre choice. Under the chequered flag, the Ferrari #83 was 41 seconds ahead of the Aston Martin Racing Vantage #98 of Pedro Lamy, Paul Dalla Lana and Mathias Lauda. Perrodo-Collard-Aguas took their first class honours of the year and keep their title aspirations alive: they are second in the LMGTE Am drivers standing with 136 points. Shaytar, Basov and Bertolini have 155 with 26 points available in the last seasonal race.

THE WORLD CHAMPIONS ON PODIUM IN LMGTE PRO – Bruni and Vilander, reigning champions among the LMGTE Pro drivers, finished second in the race after an hard battle with the two Team Manthey Porsche 911s and the sister car, the AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia #71 of Davide Rigon and James Calado, 4th in the Chinese. The results of the race sees Richard Lietz extending his lead in the FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers. With a total of 135 points, Lietz is 18 points ahead of his teammate Michael Christensen (who in reality has no opportunity to overtake his partner). His nearest rivals are the Ferrari duo of Davide Rigon and James Calado who are now on 115 points, 20 behind Lietz with 26 still available in Bahrein.  Gimmi Bruni and Toni Vilander have 112.5 points.

In the FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Manufacturers, Ferrari is leading with 4 points on Porsche and a maximum of 44 still to be won in the final race of the season.

In the LMGTE Pro standing, AF Corse is second with 130 points, 14 in less than Porsche Team Manthey. In the LMGTE Am, the leader is SMP Racing (155 points) and AF Corse is second (136).

The final race of the FIA WEC 2015 will be in Bahrein, November 21st.


 
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