Shanghai WEC: Rebellion takes 1-2 in third practice

Rebellion Racing led final practice for this weekend's Shanghai FIA World Endurance Championship round, its two cars narrowly edging the Toyotas.

Shanghai WEC: Rebellion takes 1-2 in third practice

After both of Friday's practice sessions were held in damp conditions, teams were able to get their first dry running of the weekend during Saturday morning's one-hour session.

Bruno Senna took an early lead in the #1 Rebellion R-13-Gibson with a 1m45.137s lap, which stood as the best time in the session - a mere 0.019s ahead of the sister #3 Rebellion of Thomas Laurent.

The best of the Toyota TS050 Hybrids was the #8 car of Kazuki Nakajima, who was a further 0.012s back in third.

Toyota's #7 car endured an eventful session, as Kamui Kobayashi spun at Turn 1 after 13 minutes and later in the session was seen briefly touring on track before returning to speed.

Kobayashi's best lap of 1m45.321s put him fourth, a little under two tenths behind the lead Toyota.

SMP Racing's pair of BR Engineering BR1-AERs were fifth and sixth fastest, with the #17 car of Stephane Sarrazin ahead of the #11 machine driven by Jenson Button.

DragonSpeed's customer BR1 and the solo ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01-Nissan again completed the LMP1 order.

Ex-Toyota LMP1 racer Anthony Davidson set the pace in LMP2 for the DragonSpeed team with an early effort of 1m50.907s in the #31 Oreca 07.

That was enough to eclipse the Signatech Alpine of Nicolas Lapierre by exactly half a tenth of a second.

Jackie Chan DC Racing's lead entry, the #37 that had topped both Friday sessions, was third in the hands of Nabil Jeffri.

Aston Martin topped the times in GTE Pro courtesy of a 1m59.628s lap by Nicki Thiim in the #95 Vantage GTE.

The only other car in class to dip beneath the two-minute mark was the #66 Ford GT of Olivier Pla, who ended up two tenths off the pace, with the lead Porsche 911 RSR of Michael Christensen completing the top three.

Corvette Racing propped up the class timesheets, the #64 C7.R ending up 2.2s off the pace in the dry.

GTE Am was led by the Clearwater Ferrari squad, Matt Griffin recording the car's best time of 2m01.583s.

Gulf Racing driver Michael Wainwright caused a full-course yellow halfway through the session when he got the #86 Porsche beached in the gravel at Turn 2.

Session results:

Pos. # Drivers Car Class Time Gap
1 1 Germany Andre Lotterer 
Brazil Bruno Senna 
Switzerland Neel Jani 
Rebellion R13 LMP1 1'45.137  
2 3 Switzerland Mathias Beche 
France Thomas Laurent 
United States Gustavo Menezes 
Rebellion R13 LMP1 1'45.156 0.019
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso 
Japan Kazuki Nakajima 
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'45.164 0.027
4 7 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 
United Kingdom Mike Conway 
Argentina Jose Maria Lopez 
Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 1'45.321 0.184
5 17 France Stéphane Sarrazin 
Russian Federation Matevos Isaakyan 
Russian Federation Egor Orudzhev 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 1'45.998 0.861
6 11 United Kingdom Jenson Button 
Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov 
Russian Federation Mikhail Aleshin 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 1'46.063 0.926
7 10 Netherlands Renger van der Zande 
United Kingdom Ben Hanley 
Australia James Allen 
BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 1'46.390 1.253
8 4 United Kingdom Oliver Webb 
France Tom Dillmann 
United Kingdom James Rossiter 
ENSO CLM P1/01 LMP1 1'47.742 2.605
9 31 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 
Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 
Mexico Roberto Gonzalez 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'50.907 5.770
10 36 France Nicolas Lapierre 
France Pierre Thiriet 
Brazil Andre Negrao 
Alpine A470 LMP2 1'50.957 5.820
11 37 Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 
Malaysia Weiron Tan 
Malaysia Jazeman Jaafar 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'51.151 6.014
12 38 China Ho-Pin Tung 
Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 
France Gabriel Aubry 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'51.394 6.257
13 28 France Loic Duval 
France François Perrodo 
France Matthieu Vaxiviere 
Oreca 07 LMP2 1'51.614 6.477
14 50 France Enzo Guibbert 
France Romano Ricci 
France Erwin Creed 
Ligier JSP 217 LMP2 1'51.690 6.553
15 29 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 
Netherlands Nyck de Vries 
Netherlands Frits van Eerd 
Dallara P217 LMP2 1'51.717 6.580
16 95 Denmark Nicki Thiim 
Denmark Marco Sorensen 
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 1'59.628 14.491
17 66 Germany Stefan Mücke 
France Olivier Pla 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 1'59.858 14.721
18 92 Denmark Michael Christensen 
France Kevin Estre 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'00.158 15.021
19 51 United Kingdom James Calado 
Italy Alessandro Pier Guidi 
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 2'00.305 15.168
20 71 United Kingdom Sam Bird 
Italy Davide Rigon 
Ferrari 488 GTE EVO LMGTE PRO 2'00.347 15.210
21 91 Italy Gianmaria Bruni 
Austria Richard Lietz 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE PRO 2'00.592 15.455
22 82 Portugal Antonio Felix da Costa 
United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist 
BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'00.662 15.525
23 97 Belgium Maxime Martin 
United Kingdom Alex Lynn 
Aston Martin Vantage AMR LMGTE PRO 2'00.681 15.544
24 67 United Kingdom Harry Tincknell 
Guernsey Andy Priaulx 
Ford GT LMGTE PRO 2'00.795 15.658
25 81 Netherlands Nick Catsburg 
Germany Martin Tomczyk 
BMW M8 GTE LMGTE PRO 2'00.867 15.730
26 61 Ireland Matthew Griffin 
Singapore Mok Weng Sun 
Japan Keita Sawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'01.583 16.446
27 64 United Kingdom Oliver Gavin 
United States Tommy Milner 
Chevrolet Corvette C7R LMGTE PRO 2'01.713 16.576
28 54 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 
Italy Francesco Castellacci 
Switzerland Thomas Flohr 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'01.841 16.704
29 88 Italy Matteo Cairoli 
Riccardo Pera 
Khaled Al Cubaisi 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'02.151 17.014
30 56 Germany Jörg Bergmeister 
United States Patrick Lindsey 
Norway Egidio Perfetti 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'02.229 17.092
31 98 Portugal Pedro Lamy 
Canada Paul Dalla Lana 
Austria Mathias Lauda 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 2'02.282 17.145
32 77 Germany Christian Ried 
Australia Matt Campbell 
Julien Andlauer 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'02.451 17.314
33 70 Monaco Olivier Beretta 
Italy Eddie Cheever III 
Japan Motoaki Ishikawa 
Ferrari 488 GTE LMGTE AM 2'02.619 17.482
34 86 United Kingdom Michael Wainwright 
United Kingdom Benjamin Barker 
Thomas Preining 
Porsche 911 RSR LMGTE AM 2'02.643 17.506
35 90 United Kingdom Jonathan Adam 
Turkey Salih Yoluc 
Ireland Charles Eastwood 
Aston Martin Vantage LMGTE AM 2'04.041 18.904
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