A resounding win for Toyota in Shanghai wasn’t enough to hold off Porsche from winning the 2017 Championship titles. The #8 car of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima crossed the finish line just ahead of the #2 Porsche of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, while the Porsche #1 car of Neel Jani, Andre Lotterer and Nick Tandy took third place.
The Porsche team were already set to clinch the drivers championship with a third place position when the #7 Toyota being driven by Jose Maria Lopez had an incident with a GTE Pro car causing a pit stop and a promotion to second place for the #2 Porsche 919 and handing the manufacturers title, which would have been open otherwise until the Bahrain round to Porsche. It being Porsche’s 3rd consecutive year to win both titles.
In LMP2 the #31 Vaillante Rebellion of Bruno Senna, Nicolas Prost and Julien Canal took the win after an epic race filled with incidents. It had looked like Jackie Chan DC Racing’s Oliver Jarvis, Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent had laid the way for the win after a faultless opening stint, but when the team collided with the No.26 G-Drive Racing car they saw their advantage slip away, eventually finishing in fourth place.
Meanwhile it was victory for Ferrari as they took the GT World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship, with the #51 in third and #71 finishing sixth being enough to seal the title.
The race win however went to Fords Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell, their second of the season in the #67 Ford Ganassi Ford GT.
It was the #98 Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 of Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy that took the win in the LMGTE Am class, their third win this season.
The final WEC round of this year and before the launch of the ‘Super Season’ in 2018 takes place in Bahrain on November 16th-18th.