Shanghai
Nov 9

Sports Cars: Audi Wins FIA WEC Six Hours of Shanghai

The No. 01 Audi piloted by Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler takes the checkered flag in Saturday's Saturday's Six Hours of Shanghai. (Photo: DPPI/WEC)

The No. 1 Audi piloted by Benoit Treluyer, Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler takes the checkered flag in Saturday’s Six Hours of Shanghai. (Photo: DPPI/WEC)

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.

Nov 8

Sports Cars: Toyota Takes Pole For FIA WEC Six Hours of Shanghai

The No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid, piloted by Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz, will start first in the Six Hours of Shanghai. (Photo: Getty Images)

The No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid, piloted by Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz, will start first in the Six Hours of Shanghai. (Photo: Getty Images)

Toyota will start Saturday’s Six Hours of Shanghai from the pole position as it searches for back-to-back victories in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Nicolas Lapierre and Alex Wurz, winners last time out in the rain-shortened Fuji round, combined for a four-lap average of 1:48.013 in their No. 7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid in qualifying Friday in China.