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WEC - Rebellion Out in Front in Shanghai

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The no1 Rebellion Racing R13-Gibson was the quickest car in the first Free Practice session of the 4 Hours of Shanghai weekend in China, Round 3 of the 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship.  American Gustavo Menzes posted a 1m.48.761 lap late in the 90-minute session to push the no5 Team LNT Ginetta-AER into second spot by four tenths after Ben Hanley’s best time had put the British team at the head of the time sheets for most of the session.  The no6 Ginetta finished third quickest, just 0.051s behind the sister car.

The no7 Toyota TS050 hybrid was 4th fastest, 1.3 seconds behind the Rebellion, with the no8 Toyota in 6thoverall behind the leading LMP2 car as the success ballast implemented for the first time blunted the performance of the two cars. 

The no91 Porsche 911 RSR-19 was the quickest of the six LMGTE Pro competitors, with Richard Lietz setting a 2m01.389 lap, 0.075s ahead of the no95 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Nicki Thiim.  The no51 AF Corse Ferrari 488 was third fastest with James Calado posting a 2m01.603 lap, just over two tenths behind the lead Porsche.

LMP2 was led by the no42 Cool Racing Oreca 07-Gibson after Nicolas Lapierre set a 1m50.338, which was faster than the no8 Toyota and 0.5 seconds ahead of the no29 Racing Team Nederlands Oreca and the no22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson.

Porsche also headed the LMGTE Am field with the no56 Team Project 1 911 RSR of Matteo Cairoli setting the pace.  The Italian posted a 2m01.814 lap, just 0.095s ahead of the no98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage of Ross Gunn, with the TF Sport Vantage of Charlie Eastwood third quickest.

Free Practice 2 will take place at 15h30 (local) / 08h30 CET later today.

CLICK HERE for the result from FP1