The first four-and-a-half hours of Saturday’s Six Hours of Shanghai saw a commanding performance from Toyota. Yet when the checkered flag flew on the on penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, it was Audi reigning supreme.
Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler combined for victory, their third of the season, while a third place finish for teammates Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval was enough for the trio to clinch the 2013 Drivers’ World Championship.
What looked to be a sure-fire win for Toyota, which ran 1-2 for much of the race, began to unravel in the fifth hour. Anthony Davidson was forced to retire his No. 8 TS030 Hybrid from the lead with suspension failure.