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FIA WEC: Shanghai, By The Numbers Part 1, LMP

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LMP1

Shanghai was the fourth win of the 2014 season for the #8 crew and the third 1,2 finish for Toyota.

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The #8 Toyota crew extend their Drivers Championship lead to 42 points and Sebastien Buemi and Anthony Davidson preserve their 2014 record of not having finished off the podium this year.

Whatever happens at Bahrain Buemi and Davidson will retain the Championship lead until Interlagos and could seal the title in Bahrain.

Fifth place or better in Bahrain will seal the Drivers World Championship for Buemi and Davidson.

It was also Buemi and Davidson’s fifth WEC race win in total (1 race in 2013, 4 in 2014).

Toyota’s lead in the LMP1 Manufacturers standings grows to 29 points.

The #2 Audi crew move ahead of the absent Nicolas Lapierre into second position in the Drivers Championship. Only they can now mathematically prevent the #8 crew from taking the title. If they finish lower than second in Bahrain, whatever else happens, the #8 crew are Champions.

It was Porsche’s third podium finish of their debut season with the 919 Hybrid, and the first for the #14 car.

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The Rebellion Racing team still has a 100% winning record this year. Shanghai was the first time that we have had a full three crew podium in LMP1-L.

LMP2

The Ligier JS P2 chassis had a second consecutive win, and scored the biggest winning margin in the class in WEC history (3 laps).

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G-Drive again closed the gap to Sergey Zlobin and SMP Racing in the Drivers and teams Championship standings, now down to 8 points.

It was the fifth win of the year for the G-Drive team.

KCMG’s early exit from the race gave them only their second none points scoring result of the season. They now trail the points leaders by 48 points with 52 still available!

ESM scored their second podium finish of the season in two race starts (but do not score points).

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The #27 SMP Racing crew equalled their best actual finish of the year (third) but have scored points for second at both COTA and Shanghai (where non points scoring ESM finished ahead) and at Le Mans where they scored maximum WEC points despite finishing 12th (no other WEC points scorers finished).

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The #37 SMP crew scored their second fourth place finish of the year (with points for third as ESM are none points scoring).

Five of the six races so far have seen wild card and/ or none points scoring crews on the WEC LMP2 podium (only Silverstone has not and that race featured no such entries!).