Gazoo Racing may have finished 1-2 for the second consecutive session at Shanghai, but the 0.414 second margin between the 7 TS050 Hybrid and the third-placed number 3 Rebellion R13 Gibson represented a watermark between the battle of the hybrids and the non-hybrids in season 2018/19.

 

 

Jose Maria Lopez’s 2:02.259 lap usurped team-mate Kazuki Nakajima from the top spot by three-tenths of a second, with former JCDC protoge Thomas Laurent clocking a 2:02.673 for

 

The sister Rebellion finished fourth, ahead of the two SMP Racing BR Engineering BR1 AERs in fifth and sixth respectively – some two seconds of the pace despite a strong showing in the wet in FP1.

 

Andre Negrao boosted Signatech Alpine’s hopes with a late dash to head LMP2 close to a second ahead of Matthieu Vaxiviere in the TDS Racing Oreca 07 Gibson, while rookie Enzo Guibbert. Was third in the Larbre Competition Ligier JS P217 Gibson.

 

James Calado posted the fasted time in LMGTE Pro in the number 51 AF Corse Ferrari, despite causing a red flag after finding himself in the gravel trap at turn two. The Brit lead the 82 BMW M8 GTE of Antonio Felix da Costa, followed by Aston Martin Vantages of Martin and Sorensen in third and fourth respectively.

 

Ferrari also had a strong showing in GTE-Am with Spirit of Race entry of Francesco Castellacci heading the number 61 Clearwater Racing entry of Matt Griffin, while the number 29 Gulf Racing Porsche finished third.

 

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